PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — The College Green and Wriston Quad filled with faces and festivities as Brown University staff convened on Wednesday, June 14, for the University’s 29th annual Staff Development Day. The celebration featured on- and off-campus events, professional development workshops and opportunities for employees to connect with one another and the local community.
With 1,300 staff members registered for more than 70 sessions, employees engaged in a wide range of activities, from acupuncture and diversity, equity and inclusion workshops, to volunteer opportunities at local farms and a children’s book drive.
At the start of Staff Development Day, Brown President Christina H. Paxson addressed employees gathered in the Salomon Center for Teaching and celebrated the stellar turnout and robust participation in the day's activities. She also reflected on staff members’ commitment to Brown’s mission-driven ethos.
“I hope you are taking tremendous pride in everything that we did at Brown last year,” Paxson said. “Regardless of what your job title is, you’re contributing fully to the Brown mission… Thank you for everything you do.”
Paxson introduced keynote speaker Donna Hicks, an expert in reconciliation who coaches individuals and organizations on dignity in leadership and relationships. Hicks, an associate at Harvard’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, encouraged staff to find fulfillment through connection with themselves, colleagues and “something larger than ourselves.”
“We all want dignity,” Hicks said. “When we are treated with dignity, we flourish.”