The Third World Center (TWC) is in the process of transitioning in order to better serve the Brown community. The ongoing search for a new Director is a huge opportunity for students and the Brown community to articulate their concerns, hopes, and needs.
PLEASE JOIN ADMINISTRATORS, FACULTY, AND STAFF INVOLVED IN THE SEARCH FOR A CANDID CONVERSATION
Saturday, March 5: 2:00-3:30 in Petterutti Lounge
Monday, March 7: 4:00-5:30 in Petterutti Lounge
Points of Discussion:
• Vision for the future of the TWC
• Methods for Student Input
• TWC and Diversity Initiatives on Campus
• Challenges facing the TWC
We want to know from you:
• Your experiences and perceptions regarding the TWC, its programs, and its place in the community.
• How can the TWC serve you best?
• What do you want to see in the new Director or the TWC?
• What information do you want the search committee to keep in mind while identifying candidates for the new position?
Can’t make it to either forum?
• Be on the look out for a survey
• Contact search committee chair Ricky Gresh or any members of the student advisory board to the search (a list of members of the advisory board and other information is available at http://brown.edu/TWC/newdirector.html)
• The Search Committee is willing to meet with individual groups, programs, or networks
The Third World Center (TWC) is currently searching for an assistant director. Since the TWC works with several student groups and individuals, it is important to understand as many perspectives as possible throughout the process. This search is not solely about the TWC, but may also influence diversity initiatives on campus in the future.
Please take a few minutes to fill out this survey and forward it to your listservs/other student groups
Justin Coles ’11 and Tevin Jackson ’14 are this year’s programmers for Black Heritage Series. Wednesday night (2/9) was the opening convocation with Jonathan Blanchard. Ramsie Jeremie ’12 opened with two poems. Antar Tichavakunda ’11 gave a senior reflection on his experience being Black at Brown over the past four years.
Blanchard is a baritone singer. His performance of music in the Black Spiritual Tradition was moving and really touched the soul. He also tied in historical references of slavery in American, creating a space for learning, celebrating and building community. Check out pictures from the event and look out for more Black Heritage Series events!
A few months out of the Van Wickle Gates, I’m able to look back on my time at Brown and understand that the most important physical and emotional space for me on campus was the Third World Center. I know that not all students, or even students of color, feel welcome at the Third World Center, and I understand that the ideology of the TWC does not align with the views of some people on Brown’s campus, but speaking for myself, I believe in the values espoused in the TWC’s mission statement and I wholeheartedly believe that the TWC should not change its name or purpose. I don’t mind explaining to people the origin of the term “Third World,” and I think that the political charge of the phrase shows that Brown is committed to encouraging dialogue among its students as well as to increasing diversity, in the truest sense of the word: diversity of thought, in addition to the general demographic diversity touted by many other colleges’ multicultural centers.
What the TWC provided for me was a safe space to discuss issues of personal/political importance. As many of us learn at Brown, “The personal is political.” The TWC provides an arena for discourse on a number of topics that are of great importance to not only the Brown student of color community, but also the world at large. I think there are many students on campus who would agree that the TWC exposed them to viewpoints and issues that they may not otherwise have learned about prior to coming to Brown. The TWC expanded my worldview while strengthening my bonds to the Brown community, and it also made me question things more deeply. What is community? What is unity, for that matter? For me, community was the TWC and unity existed even among those with clashing ideologies and different backgrounds: I found that the TWC encouraged disagreement in discourse, and variety in viewpoints.
On Brown’s campus in the past few months, a new class has come through the Van Wickle Gates, buildings have been renamed, and new structures have been erected, and I appreciate the changes that occur, each day, on our campus. But one thing that I hope remains the same, in spirit, for the foreseeable future, is the Third World Center. I remain ever true to Brown, and ever true to the TWC’s mission.
Natasha Go ’10
We had the privilege of having five former directors of the Third World Center with us on Saturday (2/5). Interim director Rev. William Mathis moderated a wonderful discussion with Calvin Hicks (1976-1978), Felipe Floresca ’73 (1978-1980), Dr. Robert G. Lee (1981-1985), Preston Smith II (1986-1988), and Karen E. McLaurin-Chesson ’74 (1993-2010). They recounted a descriptive history of The Third World Center; the struggles, building of the community, and shifts that have occurred over the years. They also provided useful advice to the Brown community and those involved with selecting the TWC’s next director. Thank you to all who made this event possible! It was truly an inspiring discussion!!!