TWC E-Bulletin Week of February 17, 2014

February 17, 2014

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TWC Events and Announcements

Connect with Alumni

Thursday, February 20, 2014
12:00pm - 2:00 pm
Location: TWC Formal Lounge
Alumni Relations Multicultural Programs Office Hours at TWC
Are you hoping to involve Alumni of Color or LGBT Alumni in a student event or program? Visit us at Open Hours at the TWC first Monday of each month 3-5 or third Thursday Noon-2. We’ll be there next Thursday, February 20 from Noon-2.

We can help you connect with the Brown Alumni Association’s Multicultural Alumni Committee (MAC), the Asian/Asian American Alumni Alliance (A4), Brown Transgender, Bisexual, Gay and Lesbian Alumni (Brown TBGALA), the Brown University Latino Alumni Council (BULAC), the Inman Page Black Alumni Council (IPC). Click here to learn about our multicultural alumni affinity groups.


Brown Events and Announcements

Brown-India Initiative Fellowship | Deadline: February 28th

Brown-India Initiative Fellowships 2014 Not sure where to start?  Check out the attached internship opportunities with our partner organizations!  More information about these and other partners is available at our website: 

Undergraduate Research and Internships
The purpose of undergraduate summer funding is to facilitate research for a senior thesis or to provide internship experience with an academic or civil society organization.  
Award: Up to a $5,000 maximum per project (5-7 awards)
Eligibility: Juniors; Sophomores with advanced standing are eligible (Brown Only).
Application Requirements:  A two page project proposal, transcript, resume, budget, one letter of recommendation and a letter from the organization (if proposing your own).
Deadline: February 28, 2014 at noon. 

Graduate and Postdoctoral Research, Internships or  Language Training 
Graduate funding can be used for three purposes: research, internships, and language training.  Proposals for either exploratory or advanced dissertation research will be considered. Other creative ideas are also welcome.  
Award: Up to a $7,500 maximum per project (3-5 awards)
Eligibility: Graduate students in all fields dealing with modern India can apply (Brown Only).  
Application Requirements:  A  three page project proposal, unofficial transcript, resume, letter of recommendation and a budget.
Deadline: February 28, 2014 at noon 

Faculty Research or Language Training
Applications will be considered from regular faculty from any field to support research on modern India or accelerated language training that is relevant to India. Special consideration will be given to applications from junior faculty, especially those for whom India is a new area of research. 
Award: Up to a $10,000 maximum per project
Eligibility: Any regular Brown Faculty
Application Requirements: A five page project proposal, CV, budget and for junior faculty, two letters of reference (Senior faculty need not send letters of recommendation.) 
Deadline: February 28, 2014 at noon

All applications to be submitted via UFunds:

For more information:

Apply for the South Asian Studies Student Fellowship

South Asian Studies at Brown invites applications from students for the South Asian Studies Student Fellowship.

The Fellowship supports a graduate or undergraduate summer project related to any region of South Asia outside of India (funding for India projects are available through the Brown-India Initiative.) The South Asian Studies Student Fellowship offers $4,000 and supports student research interests in Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Sri Lanka.

The 2013 South Asian Studies Student Fellowship was awarded to Abhilash Medhi to support language training in Pushto in preparation for a doctoral project that compares the Northeast and the Northwest frontiers of colonial India.

The deadline for applications is 11:45 PM on Friday, February 21, 2014. Learn more and apply online via UFunds at

OBSIDIAN magazine is seeking submissions!

OBSIDIAN magazine is a new online literary and visual arts magazine based at Brown University. our mission is to showcase the creativity and experiences of people of the African diaspora at Brown. this includes: Black Americans, Afro-Caribbeans, Afro-Latin@s, mixed-race individuals & continental Africans.

Submit to us any of your poetry, fiction, personal narratives, critical analyses of current events, academic essays/research, films, videos of performance art, audio music files, & photography as it pertains to our mission!

Please send submissions in .doc, .jpeg, .mov, or .mp3 format to with a short biography (up to three sentences in length) and the subject line “submission.” we ask that written submissions be no longer than 4,000 words in length each, and that audio/film submissions be no longer than 10 minutes in length each.  although this literary/visual arts collection focuses mainly on the experiences of people of the African diaspora, we accept the work of anyone not of the African diaspora who feels that they have positive work to contribute to the space!

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for february 15th – the launch date of OBSIDIAN. also, please remember to look out for our facebook posts and tweets. we’ll be posting reminders and info about things to come.  we look forward to growing from your stories and pieces, and we hope that you will find a safe place to be yourself in OBSIDIAN.

Spring 2014 Academic Workshops

To look at the workshop schedule for this term, click on this link. Feel free to request an academic coach by emailing if you are interested in any of these topics but can't make the workshop.

LINK/SEW Application Now Available on UFUNDS!

LINK/SEW awards provide financial assistance to students pursuing unpaid or low-paying summer internships and are administered by CareerLAB.  These awards allow students to explore career options and engage in experiential learning activities outside the classroom.

For more information about student and internship eligibility go to:  Application is due by Friday, March 21 at 5pm and is available on UFUNDS. 

Contact Lauren D'Abrosca, Internship Programs Coordinator, with questions or stop by LINK Walk-In Hours:
Tuesday 2/4 from 1pm-3pm;
Wednesday 2/19 from 1pm-3pm;
Thursday 3/6 from 9am-11am;
Wednesday 3/19 from 2pm-4pm
Location: CareerLAB building, room 207

Watson Institute Summer 2014 Fellowships

For summer 2014, the Jack Ringer Summer in Southeast Asia and the Marla Ruzicka International Public Service Fellowships will offer an increased amount of $4,000 to fund eligible summer research or internship projects.

The Watson Institute is also be administering the South Asian Studies Student Fellowship in partnership South Asian Studies at Brown. The South Asian Studies Student Fellowship supports a graduate or undergraduate summer project related to any region of South Asia outside of India (funding for India projects are available through the Brown-India Initiative.)

The South Asian Studies Student Fellowship offers $4,000 and supports student research interests in Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Sri Lanka.   The deadline for all three fellowships is 11:45 PM on Friday, February 21, 2014. Application is via UFunds (click here).

Apply to be an Orientation Leader

Did you love orientation? Did you hate it? Well, this is your chance to make orientation the best that it can possibly be for the incoming class of 2018! Gain invaluable leadership and event planning skills, move in early, and make tons of new friends and memories!

Apply to be an Orientation Leader! Applications are available at and are due March 4th.

BOLD Discovery - Application Launch

We are excited to reach out about a new program that will be launching this year for first-year (freshman) students. BOLD Discovery is a two-day interactive conference that will provide students with an introduction to Google culture and potential careers at the company. 

As Discovery participants, students will have the opportunity to participate in professional development workshops and non-traditional classes that we value in our quest for continued learning at Google. Students will hear from a variety of Googlers including members of the Marketing, Advertising Sales, People Operations and Recruiting, and technical functions about what it takes to succeed in the tech industry and at Google. 

If you have interested freshman students in your organization, we encourage you to have them apply now through this site. Applicants will need to submit a general application, a resume, a transcript and a short essay. BOLD Discovery is open to all qualified college freshman; please refer to the program site for full eligibility requirements and email with any additional questions.

Teach English in Olneyville!

Want to get involved in the Providence community, work with the immigrant community, or learn about participatory education and teaching English? English for Action is a non-profit adult education community organization in Olneyville offering English language classes.

EFA is currently recruiting Assistant ESOL Facilitators for the Spring semester. Please email for more info!
Sponsored by the Swearer Center. More info at

Brown Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training Program

The new Brown Minority Health International Research Training Program is led by Dr. Tim Flanigan and is run out of the Global Health Initiative.   The program provides overseas summer research training experiences for underrepresented undergraduate and graduate students.  To be eligible, students must have completed 2 years of courses by the summer and have strong academic focus in biology, health or social science. For more information click here.

To get the application form, click here.

Favianna Rodriguez, "Migration is Beautiful" & Closing of Art Exhibit CultureStr/ke

Tuesday, February 25, 2014,
Location: Meeting Room (2nd Floor), Brown RISD Hillel, 80 Brown Street.

Favianna Rodriguez will talk about her art practice creating powerful and unapologetic art pieces and will share snippets of Migration is Beautiful, the recent documentary highlighting her creative projects. Rodriguez is the Artistic Director of CultureStr/ke, an organization that seeks to support the national and global arts movement around immigration.

Following this presentation, CSREA will host a closing reception for the art exhibition CultureStr/ke. This collection of posters by various artists explores different aspects of the immigrant experience, from the criminalization of migrants through deportation to the undocumented and queer intersectionality.

Seniors, Apply to the Theories in Action Conference!

Seniors, how are you capping off your Brown experience? Do you want to share your work and engage with fellow seniors in an interdisciplinary dialogue?

Share your projects with the Brown community at Theories in Action 2014, April 25th-27th. TiA is an interdisciplinary conference celebrating the research, leadership activities, theses, artistic productions, and other capstone projects of Brown’s graduating senior class.

Visit our website at to learn more and apply today!

Call for workshops for Converge for Change

Converge for Change is a conference that brings together Brown University students to engage with social justice issues in Providence.

Our three-day conference (March 14-16) will provide students with panel discussions, workshops, and breakout sessions to critically engage with personal, interpersonal, and institutional facets of oppression. Rather than tackling oppression through a singular vision or strategy, Converge for Change will cultivate a space, community, and culture that supports multiple approaches to organizing and activism. This conference will provide students with the resources, skills, and connections to support a collective movement towards humanity and justice.

Do you have tools to challenge people to critically reflect on their experiences, goals and values as related to their structural identities?

Can you lead a workshop on:

  • Bridging Theories and Practices of Community Organizing    
  • Multiracial Coalition Building    
  • Mobilizing through Music and Art    
  • Respectability Politics    
  • Basic Native, Asian, Black, Latino Histories in the U.S.    
  • Comparative Transnational Organizing    
  • White Savior Complex    
  • Institutional Memory of activism in Providence and at Brown    
  • Student Privilege: Working as a Brown student in Providence   
  • Allyship    
  • Language Justice & Multilingual Justice    
  • Addressing Intergroup Authenticity    
  • Conflict Resolution through Transformative Justice    
  • Liberatory Education Models and/or Popular Education Model    
  • Adult Transformative Education    
  • Queer Movement History    
  • Knowing Your Rights    
  • Basic Community Organizing 101 Skills    
  • Maintaining Non-oppressive Environments While Organizing    
  • Self Care/ Doing Personally Sustainable Activism    
  • Micro-aggressions & Mental Health    
  • Nonviolent Communication

Can you lead a workshop that you think might be relevant to the conference that you DO NOT see listed? Please send us your ideas! 

Workshops should be 90 minutes. Please submit your proposal with a project description in this form: by February 21st.


Off-Campus Events

Summer Institute for Native Americans in Genomics

It is run by an all-star crew of Native scientists and academics as a "one-week workshop aimed at discussing the uses, misuses and limitations of genomics as a tool for Native American communities. The workshop will also assist in training Native Americans in the concepts and methods currently used in genomics. 

The goals of the workshop are to: 
1. facilitate discussion on indigenous cultural values and whether scientific methods can be beneficially incorporated with these values, 
2. provide awareness of how genomics is currently used as a tool to assist in projects focused on natural resources, history and health and
3. to increase the number of Native Americans in science research, leadership and teaching careers at all levels."  The application process will be competitive with selected participants receiving funds to cover travel, housing and food expenses for the week of the workshop. 

The website is here:

Coordinating Interfaith Exchange

As an interfaith exchange coordinator, you will meet once a week with the three other coordinators (usually for an hour on Thursday) to plan the discussion for the upcoming Sunday. Then, on Sunday, you lead a group of Providence High Schoolers to a service organization or help them to develop their own community service project from 2-4, and then return to Brown for interfaith dialogue on a particular issue from 4-5:30 (e.g. interfaith relationships, faith and violence, gender roles in religion, etc.)   Here's some more info about Interfaith Exchange:  our website--  

The Interfaith Exchange is a unique opportunity for high school students to engage with peers of different faiths in order to realize the beauty of interfaith exploration. Students of Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and other religious backgrounds will will embark on a year-long journey together to work across religious lines, answering a number of challenging questions: What is interfaith collaboration? How can we use what we learn about different faiths to benefit our communities? In the process of answering these questions, members will develop and implement a year-long service project in Providence. 

How it works:  As a member of the Interfaith Exchange, you’ll be a part of an exciting and innovative movement to shape the way we help others, through the way we understand different faiths.

You will:

  •  Meet every week with the group from September 2013 – May 2014
  • Develop in-depth understandings of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and other faiths through text study & visits to fellows homes/religious institutions
  • Participate in discussions about contentious issues from an interfaith perspectives
  • Be led by Brown University students (Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and Hindu) who have a wealth of religious knowledge and extensive public-service experience
  • Design and implement a weekly service initiative
  •  Participate in leadership training workshops focusing on issues of social justice and inter-religious collaboration
  • Meet leaders in the local non-profit sector and in religious communities
  • Have lots of fun spending time with local teenagers from different religious backgrounds



Career and Internship Opportunities

Apply to the Match Corps today!

Accepting Applications through May 31st.

Match Education is a non-profit education foundation in Boston. We're all about closing the achievement gap and urban education reform. A couple of programs we have that address both of these big issues, our Match Corps and Match Teacher Residency programs.
Match Corps is a one year urban education fellowship where recent college grads serve as tutors and mentors either in Boston or Chicago.
To find out more about our Match Corps: Boston opportunity, click here:
To find our more about our teacher prep program for those who want to teach in high performing public charter schools click here:
Questions or would you like to speak with someone directly? Email Lynn at

TFA Sustainable Justice Fellowship

Sustainable Justice Fellowship  is open to any low-income college freshman who is interested in applying. For more info, contact Melanie Lazare at

Penn Program for Public Service Summer Internship

Through a partnership between Brown’s Swearer Center for Public Service and the Netter Center for Community Partnerships at the University of Pennsylvania, 1-2 slots are available for Brown undergraduates to participate in the Penn Program for Public Service Summer Internship Program. Through this partnership, 1-2 Penn students are invited to participate in summer programs through the Swearer Center as well.

The Penn Program for Public Service Internship Program is a 12-week multi-faceted summer program that immerses approximately 15 undergraduates in real-world problem solving in the West Philadelphia-Penn community. At the core of the internship is an action-oriented, Academically Based Community Service seminar, "Faculty-Student Collaborative Action Seminar in University-Community-School Partnerships and Healthy Urban Communities," led by the director of the Netter Center for Community Partnerships at Penn, Dr. Ira Harkavy. Each undergraduate in the seminar works collaboratively to help solve a strategic "ill-structured" problem of his or her choosing by:

  • Actively participating in the seminar
  • Conducting individual and group research centered on pressing problems affecting Penn and the West Philadelphia community [or Brown and the Providence community]
  • Working 20 hours a week as an intern in a summer institute at a local school or a community of faith in West Philadelphia
  • Living together in a University residence

The Public Service Internship program is a key component of the University of Pennsylvania's ongoing efforts to develop courses and programs that involve undergraduates, faculty, and community members in partnerships to advance learning and improve West Philadelphia. Students participating in the Public Service Internship have played leading roles in creating a variety of the programs and projects that currently involve Penn students, faculty, and staff with West Philadelphia schools, hospitals, and other community organizations.

The Public Service Internship Program is considered equivalent to a full-time job and students will not be permitted to take additional classes or work outside of the internship. Interns will receive:
A stipend of $2,500 (taxable)
Free housing in a University residence

Applications are due February 17, 2014. Please contact Janet Isserlis before applying. Applications are available at:

Interning In New York City this summer? Where Are You Going To Live?

Educational Housing Services is a great option. EHS provides safe and convenient housing to students and interns in NYC.

The EHS signature lifestyle includes:
• Fully furnished rooms with private bathroom
• Free: TVs, high-speed internet, cable and national calling
• Free: on-site fitness center, lounges, and kitchens
• 24 hour security, laundry facility, plus MUCH more
If you will be living in NYC this summer, but can’t make a year-long commitment, this may be an easy solution. To find out more about EHS and the properties that are available this summer, visit: or call 1-800-297-4694.

AFSCME/UNCF/Harvard University LWP Union Scholars Program

For more details, head over here. Those who are interested to get in touch with people who have completed the internship should contact Tina at