Methma is a Volunteer Representative for Swearer Tutoring and Enrichment in Math and Sciences (STEMS). As a VR, Methma helps plan weekly meetings for the tutors, which are intended to provide Brown tutors with tools to work more effectively, through tutoring skills, knowledge of current education policy, discussions on the role of a tutor in a classroom, or information about the Providence Public School system. She is currently tutoring in a physics class.
The Great Outdoors
Lauren Chan '16 and Jeremy Wortzel '16 volunteer with OLEEP (Outdoor Leadership Environmental Education Program), a mentoring program that builds Met high school students' understanding of science and the environment through weekly workshops and camping trips. They reflect on a recent camping trip and their work to foster individual awareness and leadership skills as Brown and Met students learn from each other, themselves, and the environment.
What better way to start the month than to go winter camping? OLEEP took to the woods March 1st and 2nd for an amazing winter camping experience at Bushy Hill Nature Center in Deep River, CT. Nine mentors, nine mentees, and the great outdoors - can’t get better than that!
We started our amazing trip off with a tour of Bushy Hill! This included a cool look into the nature center where we had the opportunity to check out some really neat taxidermied animals as well as skeletons and furs. We then saw their reptile room and met some really funky little critters including a bearded dragon, water dragon, and a ball python! After the little critters got tuckered out (the lizards not the mentees) we trecked over to the Sugar Shack. This was their facility for making maple syrup from scratch! After a quick trek through the woods we spent some time admiring some hand-built wigwams and TeePees. These were amazing to see in the dead of winter and to think what it would be like to live in those times. Finally, before dinner, we went SLEDDING! We had such a blast that we almost didn’t want to go back for dinner!
Night fell, dinner had been eaten, and it was finally time to return to our cabin to enjoy our final activity of the night. It is easy to get lost in the craziness that is life, so mentors and mentees were all given time to reflect about wherever their mind took them, whether it was about themselves or the trip. As an extension to their reflection, sheets of paper were handed out on which everyone wrote a response to each of the following prompts: something you want to hold on to, something you want to let go of, and a personal challenge. Then, everyone went up to release their responses into the fire. After this moment of zen, we ended our night in appreciation. A hat was passed around with everyone’s name in it twice. Everyone randomly picked two names and wrote a superlative for the people they chose. Thus began our anonymous compliment circle.
After a great night’s sleep and some waffles, we held the next part of our workshop. This was focussed on understanding the different types of leaders and how different leadership tactics change under certain circumstances. We started off by discussing the leadership compass and outlining the four cardinal directions and the different styles of leadership they represent. We then used some examples from history such as Eleanor Roosevelt, Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi. We then set up different fun scenarios to help the mentees understand what types of leaders they are.
OLEEP had an absolutely fantastic time. Mentors and mentees shared in unforgettable memories. For a couple of days, we were all able to find reprieve from our daily lives and in that time discover the beauty of friendship and the outdoors.
June 20, 2016
June 13, 2016"I think about opening my mouth to call out goodbye, or to salute her in a traditional sign language farewell. Instead, I stand silently and smile."
Sally Hosokawa is a Community Fellow for Writers’ Group, a Swearer Center Community Program that facilitates creative writing workshops for adults with developmental disabilities. She studies literary translation in the Comparative Literature Department.
May 14, 2016“Club teachers understand us,” she says. “Even though they’re older, they’re not that much older, and so they’re like us and we can identify with them and talk to them about our problems.”
Addy is a volunteer with the Brown Elementary Afterschool Mentoring Program (BEAM), a Swearer Center community partnership that facilitates after-school programing activities and mentorship between Brown volunteers and students at William D’Abate Elementary School in the Olneyville neighborhood.
February 22, 2016
Pia is a junior double-concentrating in Education Studies and Comparative Literature. This is her third year with Writers' Group, a Swearer Center Community Program that offers creative writing workshops for adults with developmental disabilities, and her first year as a Swearer Center Community Fellow.
February 19, 2016I was intrigued by the program, but very intimidated by some of the topics. I’ve never been in the position to talk about gender or sexuality or rape culture.
Tiara came into Brown dead set on studying Neuroscience. After a summer or working with the local Planned Parenthood branch and taking health based classes she realized public health was her real calling. She has been volunteering for the SHAPE (Sexual Health Advocacy through Peer Education) program since sophomore year.
February 16, 2016