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.
A Week With Winter Break Projects
This January, a group of 30 students hunkered down in Beneficent Church downtown to spend a week learning about social justice issues in Providence for the Winter Break Projects. Students split into five groups: Homelessness, Environmental Justice, Health Care, Refugee Resettlement, and Education. During the days, they scattered all over Providence to visit people and organizations involved in these subject areas. At night, they came back together to cook dinner together, hear from members of the community (including the mayor!), and share their experiences.
Winter Break Projects is unique in its foundational philosophy that before we can hope to work in and contribute to our community, we must fully understand it. Students found this approach and the experience as a whole incredibly meaningful. They describe its impact best in their own words:
- “Action after education is the only path to meaningful, sustainable change, and Winter Break Projects is a first step in that direction.”
- “[WBP] reminds us that with living here comes a responsibility to this place and to those people. And it helps us develop the most important tool we can ever have to help us fulfill that responsibility successfully – a more nuanced sense of cultural social humility.”
- “Through [the] stories [of those we met], through their experiences and triumphs and challenges, we can begin to lay the foundation not only for a lasting partnership in social change, but also for a lasting process of learning that will follow us through the rest of our lives.”
For many students involved in Winter Break Projects, our week in January will not only be a defining experience of the rest of their time here at Brown, but will direct their life course far into the future.
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