What is one piece of advice you would give your younger self?
I’d tell myself that the road ahead will be unexpected, but to appreciate every twist and turn. Even though I work in a totally different field from my degree (not many folks are professional political philosophers), I know that what I learned in and outside of the classroom at Brown has shaped not just what I do, but how I do it — and how I see my opportunity to influence business and society for the better.
I’d tell my younger self to slow down and take in each experience after graduating, but not to do anything differently. Take more time to notice, appreciate, and savor the experiences, and take that winding path through a variety of roles, organizations, and sectors… the travel, the exposure to new communities and different cultural contexts… all of that will make sense someday, even if it wasn’t always clear in the moment. Just don’t rush it.
What is happening at Brown today that excites you?
The work that Brown is doing in diversity, equity, and inclusion is exciting and it’s important. There is no part of the University or alumni experience that is not touched by a renewed focus on DEI. Within the Association of Class Leaders, I chair our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee, and I am excited by the opportunity to bring this focus of the University into our alumni class leadership. We cannot rewrite human history, but we can work towards a more equitable and inclusive future, and as alumni volunteers and leaders we have the opportunity to educate, engage, and mobilize a huge base of alumni, students, family, and friends towards that vision. President Christina H. Paxson set the tone in a letter to the alumni community: “I feel cautious optimism for the seeds of lasting change, but with an eye toward the hard work that must continue to combat systemic racism, inequity, brutality, and violence that exists in society.” As a member of the LGBTQIA+ community, I can tell you first-hand the work of change is hard. But, the potential of what the University and our society can be, and the opportunity to help pull that thread through into the alumni experience — that’s exciting.