Volunteer Immersion Program

Fall 2021 | A virtual programming series for Brown volunteers

This fall, hundreds of alumni, parents, and friends will gather for Brown's Volunteer Immersion Program, a celebration of our dedicated volunteer community. In a series of virtual sessions, participants will expand their skill sets, connect with fellow volunteers, and learn a few things from faculty and alumni experts—all from the comfort of home.

New events and details will be added as plans are finalized, so be sure to check back for updates.

Schedule: October Events

Thursday, October 14

1:00–6:00 p.m. ET

Women’s Leadership Council Fall 2021 Meeting

The Women’s Leadership Council will convene for its fall 2021 meeting. Contact wlc@brown.edu for more information.  

 

3:00–4:00 p.m. ET

Brown Forward: A Conversation with Change Leaders

FEATURING:
Sylvia Carey-Butler, Vice President of Institutional Equity and Diversity 
Vincent Harris, Associate Dean and Director of the Brown Center for Students of Color

MODERATED BY:
Alyssia Coates, Director of Development, Diversity, and Inclusion
Eldridge Gilbert ’05, President of the Inman Page Black Alumni Council 

Brown’s newest change leaders, Sylvia Carey-Butler and Vincent Harris, are overseeing the systems, practices, and support programs that are the foundation for promoting diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in the Brown community. Their efforts—in collaboration with their dedicated team members, Brown's students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the local community—will shape the experiences and perspectives of Brown students and alumni for generations to come.  

Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to meet those who are leading the charge for change and to discover the important work and impact of the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity and the Brown Center for Students of Color. 

Watch the Recording: Brown Forward

 

5:00–8:00 p.m. ET

Brown Alumni Association Board of Governors Meeting

The Brown Alumni Association (BAA) Board of Governors will convene for its fall 2021 meeting. Contact alumni-leadership@brown.edu for more information.  

 

Tuesday, October 19

2:00–3:30 p.m. ET

Brown University Veterans Alumni Council Fall 2021 Meeting

The Brown University Veterans Alumni Council (BUVAC) will convene for its fall 2021 meeting. Contact alumniveterans@brown.edu.  

 

7:00–8:30 p.m. ET

Brown Leadership from the Inside Out

Connect with fellow volunteers from around the globe as we explore forces that motivate us and learn how to use this information to create results. Relive your Brown undergraduate days with “homework” by taking this assessment to make this session meaningful and to actively participate in some eye-opening conversations, share insights, and learn from your fellow Brown volunteers. Facilitated by Carolyn Ou ’89, Executive Coach and Director of Leadership Initiatives at the Harry L. Davis Center for Leadership.

Thursday, October 21

3:00–4:00 p.m. ET

DEI Training: How to Build a More Inclusive Alumni Engagement Strategy  

In the fall of 2020, the Brown Alumni Association administered Brown’s first-ever historically underrepresented groups (HUGs) alumni engagement survey, which provided valuable insights into the experiences, interests, and needs of Brown’s alumni of color, LGBTQ+, and first-generation college alumni constituencies.  

At this session, you’ll learn about important insights from the HUGs survey that can help you develop a more inclusive engagement strategy. Discover ways to incorporate diversity, equity, and inclusion practices in your work in order to foster a greater sense of connection and belonging with your diverse alumni community members.

Watch the recording: DEI training

Tuesday, October 26

8:00–8:45 p.m. ET

Brown Association of Class Leaders Training
Inspired Class Leadership: Resources and Best Practices

Join the Association of Class Leaders (ACL) for an interactive webinar on the ins and outs of class leadership in today’s evolving environment. This 45-minute webinar is designed to acquaint you with key resources to foster deeper engagement with your class and to provide a forum for volunteers to connect and share best practices. Breakout rooms will allow you to connect and share with other class leaders.

Topics will include:

  • Tips for engagement, including virtual and in-person programs
  • Resources and guides for communications
  • Class leader success stories
  • How the Alumni Relations team and the ACL Board can help

Watch the recording: Inspired Class Leadership

Wednesday, October 27

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. ET

Brown Annual Fund Leadership Council Meeting

The Brown Annual Fund Leadership Council (BAFLC) will convene for its fall 2021 meeting. Contact sarah_weesner@brown.edu for more information.

 

3:00–4:00 p.m. ET

Reunions: A Year of Community Building and Engagement

Join alumni volunteers from classes ending in 2 and 7 to learn more about the importance of building class community spirit in the lead-up to your reunion. This discussion will focus on creative ideas to engage your classmates and fundraise during your reunion year.

Watch the recording: Reunions

Thursday, October 28

3:00–4:00 p.m. ET

The Humanities Now: A Conversation with Undergraduates

FEATURING:
“(Re-)Imagination: The Shaping of Memory in Postwar Vietnamese Diasporic Literatures & Communities,” by Kaitlan Bui '22
“'Fear gave speed to our steps': Slavery’s Hauntings and the Long Lives of Plantation Geographies in Edenton, North Carolina from 1850 to 1880,” by Connor Jenkins '22
"Between the Poetic Languages of Matos Paoli and Rita Indiana: Remembrance and Insanity as Political Philosophy for the Caribbean" by Diego Rodriguez Langevin '22

MODERATED BY:
Amanda Anderson, Director of the Cogut Institute for the Humanities and Andrew W. Mellon Professor of English

Did you know that the Cogut Institute offers competitive yearlong fellowships—not just for seasoned scholars—but also for Brown undergraduates? Meet the Institute’s 2021-22 Undergraduate Research Fellows and hear about their work during an inspiring conversation hosted by Cogut Institute director Amanda Anderson.

Watch the recording: The Humanities Now

Schedule: November Events

Tuesday, November 2

3:00–4:00 p.m. ET

Community Building: Best Practices for Strengthening Connection and Engagement with Your Alumni

There’s one thing Brown alumni volunteers all have in common: a dedication to building and maintaining strong alumni communities. And community-building is both an art and a science. It entails implementing a set of practices (the science) in a way that speaks to the interests and needs (the art) of your specific alumni constituency.

This training is designed to illuminate the common elements that define “community” and showcase the tools and best practices that Brown’s alumni volunteer groups have developed to strengthen engagement and connection among alumni. While this session will primarily focus on best practices developed by regional club and affinity groups, the concepts are applicable for all alumni volunteers who are focused on leading and engaging alumni.

Watch the recording: Community Building

 

Wednesday, November 3 

3:00–4:00 p.m. ET

Alzheimer’s 101: Understanding the Disease Through Basic and Clinical Research

FEATURING:
Jonathan D. Drake, M.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology
Associate Director, Alzheimer's Disease & Memory Disorders Center
Rhode Island Hospital | Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

Stephen Salloway, M.D., Associate Director of the Center for Alzheimer’s Disease Research, Brown University
Martin M. Zucker Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Professor of Neurology
Director of Neurology and the Memory and Aging Program at Butler Hospital

Ashley E. Webb, Ph.D., Richard and Edna Salomon Assistant Professor of Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and Biochemistry
Kelsey Babcock PhD'24, Ph.D. Candidate, Neuroscience Graduate Program

What do we currently know about Alzheimer’s disease, and what is the future of Alzheimer’s research? ​​Learn more about this pervasive and progressive disease directly from research and clinical scientists, and discover how Brown is catalyzing collaborations across campus and beyond to uncover how the disease first arises and to speed up the race to treatments.

Watch the recording: Alzheimer's 101

Thursday, November 4

7:00–8:00 p.m. ET

A Night of Brown Mixology Magic

Transport yourself back to Brown’s campus with fellow volunteers for an hour of mixology and mystery! You’ll start off learning how to make a College Hill Cosmo and a Carberry Cooler with Brown’s resident mixologist, Jeffrey Hoit. (Get ready to make your own cocktail or mocktail at home by stocking up on these ingredients.)

From there, that’s when the magic really begins. Sit back, relax, and watch the show unfold as Andrew Evans '09 mesmerizes you with a magic show like no other. You'll instantly find yourself in the front row of a theater to be dazzled and wowed by Andrew's virtual virtuosity. He may even make Professor Josiah S. Carberry appear!

Friday, November 5

12:00–1:00 p.m. ET

Time, Talent & Treasure: A Conversation with Brown Volunteers

FEATURING:
Susan A. Buffum '74, Women's Leadership Council Committee Chair, Brown Annual Fund Leadership Council Co-Chair, Brown Annual Fund Executive Committee Member, Class of 1974 Leader, Alumni Interviewing Program Interviewer, President's Advisory Council on the College Member (former), Women's Launch Pad Mentor (former)
Marisa B. Hernandez-Stern '05, President's Advisory Council on the College Member, Alumni Interviewing Program Interviewer, Brown Alumni Association Board of Governors Member (former), Brown University Latino Alumni Council Vice President (former), Women's Launch Pad Mentor (former)
Harry W. Holt '84, P'16, Association of Class Leaders President, President's Advisory Council on Engineering Member, Brown Alumni Association Board of Governors Member, Class of 1984 Leader, Brown Club of Baltimore Board Member, Alumni Interviewing Program Interviewer & Area Chair (former)
Zack Langway '09, Association of Class Leaders Board Member and Committee Chair, Alumni Interviewing Program Volunteer, Brown Alumni Association Board Member and Committee Chair (former), Brown Club of Washington, D.C. Leader (former), Class of 2009 Leader (former), 5th Reunion Gift Committee (former)

MODERATED BY:
Mandy J. N. Tachiki '95, Women's Leadership Council Co-Chair, Alumni Interviewing Program Global Chair, Brown Alumni Association Board of Governors Member, Women's Launch Pad Mentor, Class of 1995 Leader, Field Hockey Mentor (former), Brown Club of Greater San Francisco Board Member (former)

This event is designed to highlight the many different pathways to volunteer leadership at Brown, and to provide a snapshot of how alumni from a variety of backgrounds and experiences have given their time, talent, and treasure to the University. Join five alumni leaders with experience volunteering for classes, clubs, affinity groups, alumni interviewing, fundraising, mentoring, BAA Board of Governors, President’s Leadership and Advisory Councils, athletics, and more.

Watch the recording: Time, Talent & Treasure

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Mixology Magic Recipes

On November 4 (7:00 - 8:00 p.m. ET) during the Volunteer Immersion Program, Brown alumni volunteers are invited to A Night of Brown Mixology Magic: an hour of mixology and mystery! You’ll start off learning how to make a College Hill Cosmo and a Carberry Cooler with Brown’s resident mixologist, Jeffrey Hoit. Gather these ingredients ahead of time so you can follow along as he shakes things up!

Cocktail: College Hill Cosmo

  • 1 ½ ounces citrus vodka
  • 1 ounce Cointreau
  • ½ ounce lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1 dash cranberry juice
  • Garnish: lime wedge

Combine the vodka, Cointreau, lime juice, and cranberry juice in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until well-chilled. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Mocktail: Carberry Cooler

  • 2 ½ ounces seltzer
  • ½ ounce lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1 dash cranberry juice
  • Garnish: lime wedge

Combine the lime juice and cranberry juice in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until well-chilled. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and top with seltzer. Garnish with a lime wedge.

 

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