After much warming up with icebreakers, energizers, and a hearty V-Dub breakfast, TWTP 2011 is roaring to a full day today. Before today’s more chaotic (Third World Olympics) and jocular (bowling) activities tonight, Dr. Jamie Washington kicked off the first of many workshops on cross-cultural communication.
TWTP is a time of self-reflection, growth, and learning. Already, first years have taken to heart what Dean and Director of the TWC Mary Grace Almandrez calls “brave spaces”. While safe spaces are necessary for the sharing of personal experiences that happens at TWTP, “brave spaces” encourages us to explore areas of discomfort and vulnerability in an attempt to grow. For many of the Class of 2015, their first year at Brown will be all about exploring brave spaces – from classroom courses to making new friends to trying that pasta dish at the Ratty. But for those students already familiar with the uphill terrain of College Hill, the opportunities to explore brave spaces still present themselves. At TWTP, at Brown, in college, the conversation never ends.
Up on deck for today’s schedule:
- Racism Workshop
- Third World Olympics
- Classism Workshop
- Dinner with DPS
- Bowling Night!
- (and of course, your favorite energizers dispersed throughout)
August is all about new beginnings. Today is no different as the Third World Center celebrates the first day of this year’s Third World Transition Program (TWTP). While Brown’s newest Class of 2015 begin their years on campus, fellow Brunonians jump in to help scale the flights of stairs up Keeney. At Wayland Arch is the usual exciting mix of first-years, Minority Peer Counselors, sunshine, eager/melancholic parents, and suitcases.
This year marks the beginning of many new changes at the TWC, as Dean Mary Grace Almandrez takes her new position as Director of the TWC. Considering this exciting new year, this year’s TWTP Coordinators have designed TWTP 2011 around the theme “The Courage to Be”.
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I am writing to share with you that Anjali Sridhar, Assistant Director of the Third World Center for the past three years, has made the decision to step down from her position at the conclusion of her maternity leave in order to remain home with her family. For those of you that had the opportunity to see Anjali recently, it is easy to see why she doesn’t want to miss a moment with newborn Kedar and his older sister, Gayatri. While she will be missed, we are also very excited for Anjali and her family, and we wish to support and encourage her in the wonderful endeavor of motherhood.
Please join the Third World community to celebrate Anjali and her many and wonderful contributions to the welfare and vibrancy of the TWC and larger Brown communities on Monday, May 16 from 3:30-5:30pm at the TWC.
Anjali’s dedication and commitment to the TWC and its community has been extraordinary – and never more so than in the love and support she has shown for our students. She has actively supported the last three sessions of the Third World Transition Program (TWTP). Thanks in no small part to her hard work and dedication to the program, it remains one of the premier pre-orientation programs of the University and one that stands tall among all University programs and events. In addition, she has lead the TWC’s Minority Peer Counseling program ensuring support for the MPCs and first year students of color while also expanding the program to serve the entire Brown Residential Life community, sensitizing it to the needs and uniqueness of students of color. Anjali has also been instrumental in the programming and implementation of our Heritage Series Programs by supporting and guiding our student staffers in executing numerous convocations, symposiums, workshops, and community dialogues in celebration of various cultural communities and in order to surface the issues and needs of communities of color to the larger Brown community.
Further, Anjali has used her wonderful gifts and skills of organization, financial accounting and management, and personal counseling to assist the TWC in order to leverage our resources, human and financial, for the purposes of promoting the TWC, its programs, and student leaders. The value Anjali brought to the TWC was never more apparent than when she successfully led the TWC and its programs during Dean K’s personal leave last spring and then gave so much of herself to ensure the transition of the TWC to new and interim staffing.
Anjali’s work and commitment went far beyond the TWC, reaching throughout the Division of Campus Life and Student Services to the entire Brown community. She has served as a University Ambassador through the Ambassadors Program, representing and advocating for the goals and values of the University. In 2009 she received a University Excellence Award, the highest honor Brown awards to its employees, for her work in advancing diversity as a foundation of the University.
Anjali will be sorely missed at the TWC and throughout the Brown campus. Thankfully, we know that Anjali, Gayatri, and Kedar will grace our doorstep for occasional visits. Please join me in wishing her and her family the very best and on Monday to celebrate her for her unselfishness in sharing of her gifts and talents for the benefit of our students, the TWC, and the Brown community.
Rev. William Mathis
Interim Director of the Third World Center
& Associate University Protestant Chaplain
CONGRATS AND BEST OF LUCK NEXT YEAR!!!
The TWC is pleased to announce the appointment of Oscar Perez as the new Assistant Director for Diversity Initiatives. Oscar, a Brown PhD candidate in the Department of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies, comes to the Center with an extensive background in teaching, tutoring, and working in community. A native of El Paso, TX and Mexico, through his studies and experiences, especially as a first generation student, Oscar has sought to passionately share and apply his narrative as a mechanism of encouraging and facilitating educational goals of students and empowering of students through leadership training and development. In addition, Oscar also has devoted his time as a volunteer in local Providence immigrants communities as an instructor in the ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) at English for Action as way to assist and encourage others to share and apply their own narratives.
As the TWC Assistant Director for Diversity Initiatives, Oscar will collaborate with students, faculty, staff, and alumni to enhance Brown’s excellence through diversity in support of the Plan for Academic Enrichment. He will also advise, support, and advocate for student leaders and their organizations and programs, encouraging the connection between the co-curricular and curricular lives of students, and overseeing the heritage weeks, months, and series programs of the Third World Center. In addition, Oscar will coordinate programming and services for international and first in family students and aid in the assessment of diversity initiatives of the Center and the Office of Campus Life and Student Services.
Oscar officially began at the TWC March 14, 2011. Please help us welcome him to the TWC!