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The Brown Women’s Network aims to keep the 40,000+ member Brown alumnae, student, and staff community engaged with the University and each other through a variety of programming—from podcast interviews with noteworthy women of Brown, to live events throughout the year, to seasonal newsletters, and more.

The Brown Women’s Network is open to all members of the University community who identify as cis or trans women, as well as non-binary people who are comfortable in spaces that center on the experiences of women.

Celebrating 130 Years of Women at Brown

This year, the Brown Women’s Network honors the past, present, and future of all women of Brown and reflects on the journeys of members of this diverse community. In a series of special events to be held throughout the 2021-22 academic year, the Brown Women’s Network is paying tribute to the generations of inspiring and successful Brunonian women who have driven societal change and made a difference in the world.

Together, we will honor the many triumphs and challenges of Brown women—including women of color, women from the LGBTQIA community, and disabled women—and we will deepen our understanding of our varied experiences, forge new bonds, and examine the evolving role of women at Brown and beyond.

This year, the Pembroke Center for Teaching & Research on Women also celebrates 40 years of groundbreaking research, teaching, and community-building.

Women have powerfully contributed to the progress and advancement of Brown University for 130 years. There is no question that women will continue to lead and innovate within the Brown community, in our nation, and in the world. I'm thrilled that we are celebrating the outstanding achievements of women in our community.

President Christina H. Paxson
 
Portrait of Brown University President Christina H. Paxson

Calling all Brown alumnae: Help us celebrate you!

Reflections on 130 Years of Women at Brown - Submit a video (see tips below), email us with a statement ([email protected]), or tag us on social (Facebook and Instagram: @BrownWomensNetwork) answering one or more of the questions below. Videos or excerpts may be used on the Alumni & Friends website, social media, or in email newsletters to help us honor and celebrate this milestone year.

  • Why are you excited about celebrating 130 years of women at Brown? What does it mean to you?
  • Tell us about a woman in the Brown community who inspires you or has impacted your life in some way.
  • What experience did you have at Brown that stays with you to this day?
  1. Shoot the video clip on a phone in the landscape/horizontal position with the front-facing camera. You can also record a video clip on a desktop computer via Zoom. 
  2. When taking a selfie video, hold your mobile device at arm’s length or position the camera on a stable surface level with your face. 
  3. Ensure that your head and shoulders are centered in the frame and check to make sure that there is nothing distracting in the shot behind you. A plain wall is best (if available).
  4. Ensure proper lighting and avoid sitting in front of a light source as that may obscure your face. 
  5. Avoid noise that will be distracting. If indoors, ensure that there is no echo.  
  6. Share your video file via email with [email protected]
  7. Please be sure to include your name and class year/affiliation with your email.

Events

  • Industry Night: Climate Change & Sustainability*
    January 24, 2022, 5:30–6:30 pm ET | Register
    Climate change and sustainability leaders discuss their work and offer students and young alumnae an opportunity to ask questions and connect. Panelists include:
    • Noel Pacarro Brown ’02, Investing with Impact Director, Lead of the Conscious Wealth Management Group at Morgan Stanley
    • Cherise Guico Pabia ’18, Business Sustainability Analyst, B Lab
    • Priya R. Shah ’07, General Partner, Theia Ventures
    • Mallory L. Taub ’08, Senior Associate, Gensler

    *Due to unforeseen circumstances, Sustainability Scholar, Jasmine Waddell '99, is no longer able to join.

    The Brown Women's Network is co-sponsoring this event with the
    Institute at Brown for Environment and the Office of Sustainability.

  • Martha ChatelainBrown Author Book Talk: Franchise: The Golden Arches In Black America
    February 16, 2022, 7:00–8:00 pm ET | Register
    Join Pulitzer Prize winner, Marcia Chatelain PhD'08, as she discusses her book, Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America, exploring the intersection of politics, civil rights, and Black entrepreneurship. Presented by the Brown Club of Baltimore and co-sponsored by the Brown Women’s Network.
  • Industry Night: Government & Politics*
    February 28, 2022, 5:30–6:30 pm ET | Register
    Government leaders discuss their work and offer students and young alumnae an opportunity to ask questions and connect. Panelists include:
    • Tiara T. Mack ’16
    • Andrea M. O’Neal ’03
    • Fatemeh Ziai ’86

*Industry Night is a recurring networking event sponsored by the Brown Women’s Network for current students, alumnae who have graduated from Brown in the past five years, and those starting new careers.

All in-person Brown events are following guidelines for the safety of all attendees, including observing all local public health regulations that govern group gatherings and mitigation measures. To learn more about the Brown community's response to COVID-19, please consult healthy.brown.edu.

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Past Event Recordings

Senior leaders in the Biden administration explore the role of women in government and how they are navigating civil rights, education, and labor challenges during times of change, uncertainty, and intense political division.
Professor Nadje Al-Ali, Director of Middle East Studies, Robert Family Professor of International Studies, and Professor of Anthropology and Middle East Studies discusses her research around feminist activism and gendered mobilization, with a focus on Iraq, Egypt, Lebanon, Turkey and the Kurdish political movement.
Industry Night event offers current students and young alumnae an opportunity to connect with Brown alumnae who are leaders within Public Health as they discuss their work, including advice on getting hired, and the rewards and challenges of the field.
This virtual moderated discussion on gender equity and policy featured Jennifer Klein '87, P'22, Pamela Reeves '87, P'22 and Alex Wagner '99. (April 27, 2021)
This virtual panel discussion featured Brown alumnae working to help other women through organizations focused on education, maternal health, human trafficking, and health/nutrition. (March 18, 2021)
Sabic-El-Rayess discussed her recently-released memoir, "The Cat I Never Named: A True Story of Love, War, and Survival," and her journey from teenage survivor of the Bosnian War to Brown student and eventually college professor. (February 11, 2021)
Alyson J. McGregor, M.D. RES '07 discussed tips on taking control of your medical care and treatment as well as her recently published book “Sex Matters: How Male-Centric Medicine Endangers Women's Health and What We Can Do About It.” (January 25, 2021)
The virtual “fireside chat” featured Tara Schuster ’08 and Lauren Corrao ’83, P’16. The former Comedy Central colleagues discussed Tara’s new book “Buy Yourself the F*cking Lilies”, self-care, and navigating the time we’re living in. (January 7, 2021)

To get on the invitation list for future events, make sure your alumni profile is up to date.

Programs & Initiatives

Women’s Voices Amplified Podcast Series

A podcast of incredible women from all corners of the Brown ecosystem sharing their insights on work, life, and living in today’s world. Listen and subscribe on SpotifyStitcherSoundCloudYouTube, Apple Podcasts, or Amazon.

The views expressed in this podcast do not necessarily represent those of Brown University.

Latest episode

 

Miranda ADEkoje '04 on producing art amidst the pandemic, the political relevance of her work, and constructing her own career path.

Women’s Launch Pad Mentoring Program

A mentor and mentee connectingThe Women’s Launch Pad pairs junior and senior class undergraduate women with Brown alumnae mentors, connecting women across generations, career paths, and all aspects of life after Brown.

Become a mentor

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More Brown Resources

We want to keep you connected to women’s programming offered at Brown. 

Here are some ways to stay informed, tools you can utilize for career and relocation assistance, and groups of like-minded alumni you can join to get you started.

  • BrownConnect internship and alumni-to-alumni networking platform
  • Career Counseling through CareerLAB for up to three years following your graduation
  • Access to e-journals and library resources (including Sage, JSTOR, and more)
  • Welcome Kits with tips on things to do and how to stay connected to the Brown community in NYC, DC, LA, SF, or Boston
  • Brown Alumni and Friends on social media

Contact

The Brown Women’s Network is proudly sponsored by the Women's Leadership Council, a presidential advisory council committed to alumnae engagement, volunteerism, and philanthropic support of the University.

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