Goodbye to our assistant director and dear friend
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