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  1. 1. Brown University Black Alumni Reunion 2013 Investing in Us: Past, Present & Future Inman Page Black Alumni Council | October 18 - 20, 2013
  2. 2. TABLE OF CONTENTS Welcome Letters…………………………………………………..………………..............1 Schedule……………………………………………………………………...……….……..7 Overview of Brown University ………………………………………………………..…..12 Facts and Figures about Brown University………………………………………......….14 Biography of President Christina Paxson………………………………………………..16 Inman Page Black Alumni Council (IPC)………………………………………………...17 First Known Black Graduates…………………………………………………………......18 IPC Officers and Board of Governors…………………………………………………….19 Reunion Committees……………………………………………………...……...…..........23 Roland Laird ’82 Memorial Summer Program Scholarship Fund……………..…..…..24 In Remembrance….………………………………………………………………………..25 Featured Organizations at Brown………………………...………………..………….....30 Panelists, Speakers and Honorees…………………………………………………...….44 Student Group Performances………………………………………………………...…...63 Special Thanks………………………………………….……………………………….….70 Campus Map………………………………………………………………..…...................73
  3. 3. October 18, 2013 Dear Friends, I am delighted to welcome you all back to College Hill for the 2013 Black Alumni Reunion, presented by the Inman Page Black Alumni Council of Brown University. This weekend’s festivities provide a wonderful opportunity for you to reconnect with your classmates and explore the ways in which Brown continues to shape an exciting and productive learning environment. The theme of this celebration, “Investing in Us: Past, Present and Future,” could not be more timely. Throughout the advancements of the past decade or so, Brown has focused on expanding the diversity of the faculty, the student body and the academic curriculum to reflect better the world in which we live. Your involvement with this community––as students, alumni and parents–– has been crucial to this effort and created a more authentic and rewarding experience for the University’s students of color. As we move forward with strategic plans to ensure Brown’s future, we will continue to invest in the vast potential inherent in collaboration among individuals of varying backgrounds, perspectives and expertise. I thank you all for keeping a place for Brown in your lives and for your ongoing support of our past, present and future black students through the Inman Page Black Alumni Council. Enjoy the weekend! Sincerely, Christina H. Paxson
  4. 4. Dear Fellow Alumni: I am delighted to be among the first to welcome you back to Brown. I hope that after a year of planning, this reunion unfolds into a memorable weekend for all! I want to extend a very special thanks to Tiffani Scott ’98 and Darwyn Parker Harris ’75, the co-chairs of the Black Alumni Reunion Committee and its members Adrienne Jones ’93, Nicole Clare ’99, Alissa Mayers ’03, Justin Coles ’11, Diane Johnson ’94, Dina Runcie ’86, Cheryl McCants ’86, Tina Patterson ’85, Dorsey James ’83, P’14, Troy Wilson ’83 and Harry Holt ’84, P’16 for their consistent hard work and efforts to produce the best reunion ever! It is also important to note our Corporate Sponsors and the alumni who played a significant role in securing them: Joelle Murchison ’95 from Traveler’s Insurance; Teri Williams Cohee ’79 from One United Bank; Richard Gray ’85 from the Annenberg Institute; and D. Oscar Groomes ’82, P’15 of Groomes Business Solutions. Thank you all for investing in Us! The theme for this reunion is Investing in Us: Past, Present and Future. It evolved from the 2013 reunion survey results and interpretations by the Black Alumni Reunion Committee. Investing in our past is why IPC adopted the name Inman Page Alumni Council; to honor the first African American who graduated from Brown, and to ensure that Inman Page’s name remains alive through our mission, initiatives and programs. All that IPC does through its past and current activities symbolizes the "present," which includes the efforts of the Black Matriculation Committee, the Student-Alumni Mentoring Program and the local chapter activities that invest in our undergraduates, matriculating students, high school and middle school students respectively who represent our "future." Brown's Black Alumni are an essential part of the Brown community. By actively engaging in the life of the University, we make significant contributions to overall campus life and to the educational advancement for the future of African American youth. Recent examples of this trend include the efforts of four African American alumni Lynette Allison Carr ’79, Roosevelt Robinson ’78, Derek Medina ’88, and Westley Thompson ’76 who generously initiated an IPC Community Brown Annual Fund Challenge to promote African American alumni participation in funding to grant another deserving African-American student a scholarship of $100,000 scholarship over four years . The goal was to encourage the 749 African-American alumni to contribute to the Brown Annual Fund. The enthusiastic response from our alumni exceeded expectation when 898 African-American alumni contributed to the fund. This was an outstanding achievement; we extend sincere thanks and gratitude to all of them. Another example is when IPC established the Student-Alumni Mentoring Program. Our 2013 alumni survey revealed an overwhelming response by alumni who were interested in giving back to Brown and willing to serve as alumni mentors. Over 100 alumni were matched with 100 undergraduates. Again this is an exemplary achievement that is being followed by the university to encourage alumni mentorship. Kudos to IPC! Reunions are intended to reunite alumni with their classmates and Brown; a time to network with each other and students; a time to meet our new President Christina H. Paxson and hear about her observations and vision for the university; a time to hear from students on their current experiences at Page | 2
  5. 5. Brown; a time to have fun, share laughs, and take home some pearls of knowledge from the workshops and/or panels. Who knows what else we can accomplish through this special network? That’s what we hope you will find as you reach across the table at dinner or sit in a forum and meet someone from another period in our history, another field of study, another part of the country, etc., and find the same sort of interesting perspective and inspiration that keeps us coming back for more. There are other concurrent events on campus such as Alumni Fall Weekend and Parents Weekend. Alumni Fall Weekend includes the Alumni Recognition Ceremony and luncheon honoring alumni who have served the Brown community. A few of the honorees are: Sonja Brookins Santelises ’89 who will receive the John Hope Award for Public Service, Spencer Crew ’71, P’00, P’04 who will receive the Brown Bear Award, Kenneth McDaniel ’69, P’13 who will receive the Alumni Service Award and yours truly who will receive the Joseph M. Fernandez ’85 Award. African-American alumni are encouraged to attend this luncheon. Many of you are proud alumni parents who will need rollerblades for the weekend events! While on campus, we encourage you find time to chat with our distinguished Black faculty, and stop by Africana Studies and Rites & Reason Theatre, the exhibit at the Center for the Study of Slavery & Justice, the Third World Center and the Center for the Study of Race & Ethnicity. The work of the Board of Governors serves as a voice for our alumni, students, faculty and staff. They plant seeds for our “future” by engaging students in our activities, and advocating issues that are important to the health and welfare of the African-American campus community. They are committed people who love IPC and Brown. They are always behind the scenes attempting to make a difference in the lives of students, faculty and staff. I look forward to sharing with you the many accomplishments and challenges that we have met together as the IPC moves into its “teenage years,” and what we all see on the horizon as we continue building on the investments of our ancestors, you, and our future alumni. It is our hope that you will enjoy yourselves, make this a memorable experience and go home feeling refueled and refreshed. Thank you for your support of the Inman Page Black Alumni Council and Brown! Best regards, Karen E. McLaurin Chesson ’74 IPC President, 2012-2014 Page | 3
  6. 6. Dear Alumni, It is my pleasure to welcome you to this 2013 Black Alumni Reunion presented by the Inman Page Black Alumni Council at Brown. This is the third reunion sponsored by IPC, and each time we continue to increase in numbers. With your continued support we hope this foundling tradition will continue to grow in numbers and significance for years to come. In 2009, we came together in Washington, D.C. under the banner of Yes We Did, and in 2010 on campus under Black at Brown and Beyond – Careers, Communities, and Challenges. This year’s reunion theme is Investing in Us: Past, Present and Future. In keeping with our theme, we hope that you can reflect on the impact that attending this University has had on your life. By returning to Brown this weekend, you are actively participating in the process of renewing, strengthening, and extending those ties. Putting our history into perspective, it is important for us to remember that the first Black students graduated from Brown in 1877, over 100 years after its establishment. (The Slavery & Justice initiative helped all of the Brown community understand the institution’s foundations in the slave trade and its evolution from that auspicious start.) We know the road these early graduates (including Inman Page, the first one and for whom our organization is named) took was not easy, but they persevered, investing in themselves as well as laying the foundations for future generations of African-Americans. Some 20 years later, this investment made it possible for John Wesley Gilbert to be the first black recipient of a graduate degree from Brown (in 1899) and in 10 more years for Ethel Robinson to be the first woman to receive a degree from Pembroke College (in 1905). Most of what Blacks at Brown experience today are the direct results of an investment made by our predecessors over the ensuing decades. IPC, the first affinity group to receive full support of the Brown Alumni Association, in conjunction with the many Black alumni and current students still nurturing it, continues to “pay it forward” for current and future members. We are so pleased to report that for the first time in the history of Brown, together we raised over $350,000(!) in the challenge to establish a Brown endowed scholarship—and we got over 30 percent of our alumni base to contribute through Brown’s Annual Fund for an additional 4-year Scholarship. The brilliance of this is not only in the dollar amount but in the percentage of our alumni who contributed in time and dollars, both large and small. It was not just about the amount of money raised, but the fact that we overwhelmingly contributed: we invested together, past and present, in our future. This is a major turning point: How do we now make the most of what we have garnered? That’s one of the questions we will ask you over this weekend, even as we try to make everyone more aware of how our mutual support has helped to get us where we are today. We want everyone to know what a difference these efforts have made, and to encourage those on the sidelines to join in contributing their time, talents, and money in whatever ways they chose to support and assert our presence at Brown. Page | 4
  7. 7. Towards these ends, I would like to highlight a few of this weekend’s events:  On Friday evening, we have our Kickoff Event featuring speaker Roger Vann ’87, COO of the NAACP, live entertainment from Steve Soares ’75 and his trio, student performances, and a tribute to Roland Laird ’82, an alum who we feel has made an indelible impact at Brown and throughout IPC that underscores our theme this year. Though he may be gone, his legacy lives on in initiatives that he established to benefit our community.  On Saturday, we are honored to have President Christina H. Paxson, and we will host book signings and interviews featuring alumni authors Sheila Bridges ’86 and Alison Stewart ’88, who have recently released intriguing novels, followed by the Brown Alumni Association Recognition Luncheon, panel discussions, and interactive workshops. In addition to the themed events, there will be the Brown vs. Princeton football game, afterparties and reunion souvenirs, culminating in a not–to-miss Sunday worship service that will also feature notable alumni participants. We tried to plan something for everyone to enjoy. Finally, I would like to thank all those who have worked so hard to help make this year’s IPC Black Alumni Reunion a reality. Many have been engaged on this project for over a year to make it the best possible experience for our alumni and their families. I remind you that we all are part of the Black legacy at Brown, and so I also ask you to help IPC sustain and expand our role in present and future Brown University matters, of which we are an important part. We look forward to seeing you, and we hope you have a great time! Sincerely, Darwyn Parker Harris ’75 Black Alumni Reunion 2013 Co-Chair Page | 5
  8. 8. Dear Brown Alumni, Welcome back to Brown! I am ecstatic that Black alumni decided to return to campus for the 2013 Black Alumni Reunion. As IPC President-Elect and Reunion Co-Chair, I have had the pleasure of meeting many of you over my last several years as an active IPC volunteer in-person or virtually through social media. I appreciate the sense of cohesiveness that I feel towards Brown alumni of all ages, ethnicities, occupations and backgrounds. One of my goals when I served as IPC Secretary from 2008-2010 was to strengthen the sense of community among black alumni. We have made much progress toward that goal. Our IPC Facebook group, where members can connect and discuss issues relevant to Brown, like whether to change the name of the Third World Center, has gone from 90 members a few years ago to 759 members today! The IPC LinkedIn group, established in 2009, now has 875 members! And our Flickr group photo album contains hundreds of college photos from all decades. During my Presidential term in 2014-2016, I will continue to reinforce this bond across generations of black alumni and push IPC to make even more of an impact on the University. As President, I intend to continue supporting the Alumni-Student Mentoring Program and the Alumni of Color Initiative as well as strengthen partnerships with organizations on campus such as the Center for the Study of Slavery & Justice, Third World Center, Center for the Study of Race & Ethnicity and the Annenberg Institute for School Reform (read more about these organizations on page 30). Recently IPC partnered with Rites & Reasons Theater and the National Black Theater of Harlem to promote the play June’s Blood written by Jenna Spencer ’15 and directed by Elmo Terry-Morgan ’74. Approximately 75 black alumni were in attendance on “IPC Night” in New York City. We are planning to make this an annual event. Next summer, IPC will roll out the What Can IPC Do for You? online campaign to solicit feedback and ideas from black alumni and students. We hope to engage new members and give IPC alumni reasons to get more involved! I hope that everyone has a fantastic time at the Black Alumni Reunion re-connecting with old friends and meeting new ones. If we haven’t met in person yet, please come and introduce yourself, I look forward to meeting you! Ever true, Tiffani Scott ’98 Black Alumni Reunion 2013 Co-Chair IPC President-Elect, 2012-2014 Page | 6
  9. 9. SCHEDULE Friday, October 18 2:00pm9:00pm Registration Pick up your reunion schedule and souvenir items. Maddock Alumni Center (corner of Brown & George Streets) 9:30am4:30pm Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice Ships of Bondage and the Fight for Freedom Exhibit Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice, Ships of Bondage and the Fight for Freedom examines the global networks involved in the African slave trade. This exhibition tells the story of slave insurrections on three vessels including the Amistad, the Meermin, and the Sally, exploring the struggle of the enslaved to resist captivity, gain freedom, and return to their homelands. Brown Center for Public Humanities, Carriage House Gallery, 357 Benefit Street (Rear Entrance) Shuttle transportation will be provided by Sentinel Limousine from downtown Providence to Pembroke Field beginning at 5:30pm. 6:00pm10:00pm Black Alumni Reunion Kick-off Reception Pembroke Field (corner of Brook and Meeting Streets) Mingle with old and new friends. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres, buffet dinner and cocktails will be served. Student step show performances by Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority. Also featuring the following:  Roger Vann ’87, COO of the NAACP  Professor Paget Henry, Chair of the Africana Studies Department  Angel Byrd, M.D./Ph.D. Candidate  Steve Soares ’75 and his jazz trio  Tribute to Roland Laird ’82 and Other Departed Alumni 10:00pm2:00am Afterparty Fete Music, 103 Dike Street (Downtown Providence) Mingle, dance and catch up with fellow alumni. Shuttle transportation will be provided from Pembroke Field to Fete Music and back to downtown Providence until 2:00am. Page | 7
  10. 10. Saturday, October 19 Shuttle transportation will be provided by Sentinel Limousine and University Shuttle from downtown Providence to Faunce Arch beginning at 8:30am. 8:00am6:00pm Registration Pick up your reunion schedule and souvenir items. Maddock Alumni Center (corner of Brown & George Streets) 9:00am9:30am Continental Breakfast Salomon Center for Teaching, Lobby (Main Green) 9:30am11:00am IPC's Legacy of Leadership Panel Discussion Salomon Center for Teaching, Room 001 (Main Green)  Moderator: Harold Bailey, Jr. ’70 LHD’95 hon., P’99, P’03  Mark Winston Griffith ’85, IPC President 2002-2004  Dorsey James ’83, P’14, IPC President 2004-2006  Preston Tisdale ’73, P’10, P’10 MPH’ MD’15, P’12, IPC President 2006-2008  Richard Gray ’85, IPC President 2008-2010  Rosetta Hillary ’73, IPC President 2010-2012  Karen McLaurin Chesson ’74, IPC President 2012-2014 11:00am11:30am Welcome from Brown University President Christina H. Paxson Salomon Center for Teaching, Room 001 (Main Green)  Introduction: Brickson Diamond ’93 11:45am2:15pm Brown Alumni Association Recognition Ceremony and Luncheon Pembroke Field (corner of Brook and Meeting Streets)  Brown Bear Award - Dr. Spencer Crew ’71, P’00, P’04  Alumni Service Award - Ken McDaniel ’69, P’13  Joseph M. Fernandez ’85 Award - Karen McLaurin Chesson ’74  John Hope Award for Public Service - Sonja Brookins Santileses ’89 2:00pm3:30pm Book Signing at the Bookstore: Meet the Authors Brown Bookstore, 244 Thayer Street  Sheila Bridges ’86 - The Bald Mermaid: A Memoir  Alison Stewart ’88 - First Class: The Legacy of Dunbar, America's First Black Public High School Page | 8
  11. 11. 2:30pm3:30pm Choir Rehearsal for Sunday's Worship Service Manning Chapel (corner of Waterman & Prospect Streets) Alumni and students who are interested in singing in Sunday's Worship Service ensemble are invited to rehearse at Manning Chapel on Saturday afternoon. Questions and more information on the songs can be directed to Katani Eaton Sumner ’85 2:30pm 3:45pm Panel Discussions Being Black at Brown Today Alumnae Hall, Crystal Room (Pembroke Green)  Moderator: Justin Coles ’11  Chell Burke ’16  James Clemmons ’14  Afia Kwakwa ’14  Ricardo Mullings ’15  Dakotah Blue Rice ’16 No Longer the Major Minority in the US: What Does This Mean? Smith-Buonanno Hall, Room 106 (Pembroke Green)  Moderator: Spencer Crew ’71, P’00, P’04  Ed Brockenbrough ’95  Adom Crew ’04  Alyce Johnson ’74  Troy Wilson ’83  Chantel Whittle ’12 Dialogue on Slavery, Human Bondage, and Justice: A Conversation with the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice Sidney Frank Hall, Marcuvitz Auditorium  Moderator: Karen Baxter  Professor B. Anthony Bogues  Professor Glenn Loury 3:45pm4:15pm Book Signing & Break Smith-Buonanno Hall, Lobby (Pembroke Green)  Sheila Bridges ’86 - The Bald Mermaid: A Memoir  Alison Stewart ’88 - First Class: The Legacy of Dunbar, America's First Black Public High School Page | 9
  12. 12. 4:15pm 5:45pm Panel Discussions and Workshop Sessions Birth of a Transformation: The Impact of ’68, ’75 and ’85 Black Student Activism on Brown's 'Of Color' Evolution Sidney Frank Hall, Marcuvitz Auditorium  Moderator: Bernicestine McLeod Bailey ’68, P’99, P’03  Mark Winston Griffith ’85  Bill Poole ’69  Denise Bledsoe Slaughter ’75 AM’77 Promoting Quality and Equitable Education for Urban Communities: A Conversation with the Annenberg Institute for School Reform Smith-Buonanno Hall, Room 106 (Pembroke Green)  Moderator: Richard Gray ’85  Eldridge Gilbert ’05  Sonja Brookins Santelises ’89  Warren Simmons  Ocynthia Williams Doodling: Who Knew It Was Good For You? Smith-Buonanno Hall, Room 101 (Pembroke Green)  Host: Lydia A. Boddie-Rice ’76 Expanding the Benefits of Urban Revival Churchill House, 155 Angell Street  Host: Dorothy Clark ’75 Shuttle transportation will be provided continuously from Smith-Buonnano (corner of Brown and Cushing Streets) to the football stadium, downtown Providence and back to campus. 6:00pm 8:00pm Making a Connection in 60 Seconds: Networking Your Way to a Lasting Impression Alumni-Student Speed Networking Mixer Smith-Buonanno Hall, Lobby  Facilitator: Joelle Murchison ’95 6:00pm 9:00pm Brown vs. Princeton Football Game Brown Football Stadium, 400 Elmgrove Avenue (at the corner of Session Street) Page | 10
  13. 13. Shuttle transportation will be provided continuously from Smith-Buonnano (corner of Brown and Cushing Streets) to downtown Providence and back to campus until 1:00am. 7:00pm 9:00pm Rites and Reason Theatrical Performance and FolkThought Ophelia's Cotillion: Welcome to the Nightmare Years Churchill House, 155 Angell Street  Director: Elmo Terry-Morgan ’74 9:00pm 12:00am Unity Funk Nite Stephen Robert ’62 Campus Center, Kasper Multipurpose Room (Formerly the P.O., Faunce House) Music will be provided by DJ Garfield "Garf Digga" Davidson ‘00. Shuttle transportation will be provided continuously from campus to downtown Providence until 1:00am. Sunday, October 20 Shuttle transportation will be provided by Sentinel Limousine from downtown Providence to Faunce Arch (corner of Waterman and Brown Streets) and back to campus until 2:00pm. 11:00am 12:00pm Continental Breakfast J. Walter Wilson Building, Room 411, 4th Floor (corner of Waterman and Brown Streets) 12:00pm 1:30pm Reflections: A Spiritual Walk – Brown and Beyond Manning Chapel (corner of Waterman & Prospect Streets) A celebration in sharing and song as Brown alums involved in ministry will share insights and perspectives from their personal journey. Rev. Jeffrey Williams ’85 will serve as the Worship Leader and Psalmist Katani Eaton Sumner ’85 will minister in song. 2:00pm 3:00pm A Meeting with the Brotherhood Harambee House All male alumni and students are invited to discuss male leadership in our community. Questions can be directed to Co-President James Clemmons ’14 at Page | 11
  14. 14. ABOUT BROWN UNIVERSITY Located in historic Providence, Rhode Island and founded in 1764, Brown University is the seventh-oldest college in the United States. Brown is an independent, coeducational Ivy League institution comprising undergraduate and graduate programs, plus the Alpert Medical School, School of Public Health, School of Engineering, Executive Master of Healthcare Leadership and the IE Brown Executive MBA. With its talented and motivated student body and accomplished faculty, Brown is a leading research university that maintains a particular commitment to exceptional undergraduate instruction. Brown’s vibrant, diverse community consists of 6,000 undergraduates, 2,000 graduate students, 400 medical school students, more than 5,000 summer, visiting and online students, and nearly 700 faculty members. Brown students come from all 50 states and more than 100 countries. Undergraduates pursue bachelor’s degrees in more than 70 concentrations, ranging from Egyptology to cognitive neuroscience. Anything’s possible at Brown—the university’s commitment to undergraduate freedom means students must take responsibility as architects of their courses of study. Graduate students study in more than 70 programs. The broad scope of options vary from interdisciplinary opportunities in molecular pharmacology and physiology to a master’s program in acting and directing through the Brown/Trinity Repertory Consortium. Continuing Education offers programs for adults, undergraduates, and high school students - on campus, online, and abroad. Programs include the Undergraduate Summer Session and Pre-College Programs. Brown students have a lot to smile about. Named by the 2010 Princeton Review as the #1 College in America for Happiest Students, Brown is frequently recognized for its global reach, many cultural events, numerous campus groups and activities, active community service programs, highly competitive athletics, and beautiful facilities located in a richly historic urban setting. The mission of Brown University is to serve the community, the nation, and the world by discovering, communicating, and preserving knowledge and understanding in a spirit of free inquiry, and by educating and preparing students to discharge the offices of life with usefulness and reputation. We do this through a partnership of students and teachers in a unified community known as a university-college. Page | 12
  15. 15. HISTORY OF BROWN UNIVERSITY Brown was founded in 1764—the third college in New England and the seventh in America. Brown was the first Ivy League school to accept students from all religious affiliations, a testament to the spirit of openness that still typifies Brown today. Originally located in Warren, Rhode Island and called the College of Rhode Island, Brown moved to its current location overlooking Providence on College Hill in 1770 and was renamed in 1804 in recognition of a $5,000 gift from Nicholas Brown, a prominent Providence businessman and Brown alum, Class of 1786. Women were first admitted to Brown in 1891. The Women’s College was later renamed Pembroke College in Brown University before merging with Brown College, the men's undergraduate school, in 1971. The northern section of campus where the women’s school was situated is known today as Pembroke Campus. The first masters degrees were granted in 1888 and the first doctorates in 1889. The first M.D. degrees of the modern era were presented in 1975 to a graduating class of 58 students. Today, Brown awards some 90 medical degrees annually from the Alpert Medical School. Undergraduate education changed dramatically in 1970 with the introduction of what has become known as the Brown Curriculum. The idea for this change came from a report written by undergraduates Ira Magaziner ‘69 and Elliot E. Maxwell ‘68, as part of a GISP (Group Independent Study Project) that examined education at Brown. The new curriculum eliminated core requirements shared by all Brown undergraduates and created specific departmental concentration requirements. This approach has defined the undergraduate academic experience at Brown ever since, demanding that students serve as the architects of their courses of study. Constant change defines Brown’s past and future, though the University’s culture is rich in tradition. Brown’s first building, for example, the red-bricked University Hall, was built in 1770 and still stands on the College Green. Today, the core campus consists of 235 buildings on 143 acres on the East Side of Providence. The Warren Alpert Medical School and the Laboratories for Molecular Medicine are housed in state-of-the-art facilities in Providence’s historic Jewelry District. Launched in 2002, The Plan for Academic Enrichment built on Brown’s strengths and set new benchmarks of excellence in research, education, and public leadership. Transformation of the Engineering program into a School of Engineering and Public Health program into a School of Public Health were direct results of these efforts. In its current process of strategic planning, Brown continues to follow its mission—seeking ways to improve, expand its scope, and better serve the world as a leading institution for education, discovery, and global intellectual progress. Page | 13
  16. 16. FACTS AND FIGURES ABOUT BROWN UNIVERSITY Enrollment Statistics Approximately 6,133 students are enrolled in the undergraduate College, 1,947 in the Graduate School, and 460 in the Medical School. These students represent all 50 states plus the District of Columbia and approximately 108 foreign countries. For the class of 2016, the University received 28,742 applications and accepted 2,759. Full-time students and part-time degree-seeking students as of Nov. 2012:  Undergraduate: 6,133  Graduate: 1,947  Medical: 460  Total: 8,540 Tuition and Fees  Undergraduate tuition for academic year 2012-13: $42,808  Room, board, and required fees: $12,208  Total cost: $55,016 Financial Aid Brown meets 100% of a student’s full demonstrated financial need:  89% of all undergraduates who applied for financial aid received a need-based aid award  36% of undergraduate students receiving financial aid have a $0 contribution from parents’ income  The average hourly wage for students who work on campus is $9.90  100% The amount of self help (student summer earnings expectation, loan and work) students can replace with outside scholarships All undergraduates:  $90.1 Million — The amount of Brown University need-based scholarship for 2012-13.  $93.1 Million — The amount of need-based scholarship budgeted for 2012-13, which included University Scholarship and estimated federal Pell Grants.  43% of all undergraduates are receiving need-based scholarship aid, which includes federal and state needbased scholarship and grants  The average need-based scholarship for all undergraduates is $35,288  46% of all undergraduates are receiving need-based aid, which includes federal and state grants and needbased work-study and loans.  The average need-based financial aid award for all undergraduates is $39,222 Page | 14
  17. 17. Research In fiscal year 2012, total research expenditures were $178,908,912. Top funding sources included Department of Health and Human Services, National Science Foundation, Department of Defense and Energy, NASA, Department of Education, and several private, corporate and nonprofit organizations. Faculty members also garnered support in the form of Fulbright scholarships, and MacArthur, Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships. The Students Brown University has recently been ranked #1 for America’s Happiest College Students, according to the Princeton Review 2010 rankings. Brown was also named "the most fashionable school in the Ivy League" by the fashion trade journal Women’s Wear Daily on the basis that students on campus seem to have the strongest sense of personal style.  Brown currently enrolls approximately 5,900 undergraduates from all 50 states and 93 countries.  52% of undergraduates are female, 48% male.  About 29% of undergrads are people of color.  10% hail from abroad.  The graduation rate within 6 years is 95%.  80% of all undergraduates live in residence halls.  9% of students belong to fraternities or sororities; there are 12 fraternities, and 5 sororities.  1542 graduates in the Class of 2008: o 1196 A.B. recipients o 312 Sc.B. recipients o 22 Combined A.B./Sc.B. Life After Brown  35% of undergraduates pursue graduate or professional study immediately.  60% of undergraduates pursue graduate or professional study within 5 years.  Brown consistently ranks among the top five colleges in the nation in the percentage of its applicants accepted to medical school, and these impressive records are similar in other areas of graduate study.  Of those who apply to law school, 92 to 95 percent are accepted to one of their top three choices; among business school applicants, the figure is nearly 100 percent.  Within 10 years of graduation, 80% of all students have pursued further education through graduate or professional study. Page | 15
  18. 18. CHRISTINA H. PAXSON, PRESIDENT OF BROWN UNIVERSITY Christina H. Paxson was sworn in as the nineteenth president of Brown University on Monday, July 2, 2012. At the time of her appointment in March 2012, she was dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of International and Public Affairs and the Hughes Rogers Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University. A 1982 honors graduate of Swarthmore College, Phi Beta Kappa, Paxson earned her graduate degrees in economics at Columbia University (M.A., 1985; Ph.D., 1987). She began her academic career at Princeton University in 1986, becoming assistant professor of economics and public affairs the next year. She became a full professor in 1997 and was named the Hughes-Rogers Professor of Economics and Public Affairs in 2007. While at Princeton, Paxson also served as associate chair (2005-2008) and chair (2008-2009) of the Department of Economics and was the founding director of a National Institute on Aging Center for the Economics and Demography of Aging. In 2000, she founded the Center for Health and Wellbeing, an interdisciplinary research center in the Woodrow Wilson School. The center established multidisciplinary graduate and undergraduate certificate programs in health and health policy. She served as the center’s director until 2009. Initially working on international economic problems of labor supply, mobility, savings, inequality, and aging, Paxson focused increasingly on the relationship of economic factors to health and welfare over the life course, particularly on the health and welfare of children. She has been the principal investigator on a number of research projects supported by the National Institutes of Health, the most recent of which is a study of adversity and resilience after Hurricane Katrina. She was elected vice president of the American Economic Association in 2012 and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Page | 16
  19. 19. INMAN PAGE BLACK ALUMNI COUNCIL (IPC) Philosophy: The Brown experience should be optimal for its Black community at all levels and in all aspects. IPC is dedicated to proactively making that experience prosperous, nurturing, enriching and healthy. The Council is formed in honor of Inman Page and George Washington Milford, the first known Black undergraduates of Brown University in the class of 1877, Ethel T. Robinson, the first known Black undergraduate of Pembroke College in the Class of 1905, and all of the Black students who have followed in the path that they cleared. The Council was established on April 14, 2000 at a retreat held in Newport, Rhode Island, attended by Black alumni, other members of the Black community of Brown University, and the Brown University Alumni Relations Office. Mission of the Council: The mission of the Inman Page Black Alumni Council is to strengthen Brown University by directly addressing the needs and concerns of its Black alumni and establishing a productive interaction among Black alumni, students, faculty and staff. Members of IPC shall endeavor to channel their energies toward broadening opportunities for the Black community of Brown University and maximizing Black alumni participation in the life of the University. In addition, the members shall work with organizations that further the interest of Brown University, including but not limited to the Brown Alumni Association. Dr. Inman Edward Page and George Washington Milford, the first known African-American graduates of the class of 1877, paved the way for an impressive history of black graduates to follow. Such individuals as John Hope, a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society of the class of 1894; and Ethel Tremaine Robinson, a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. She was the first black graduate of the Women’s College in 1905 and went on to teach English at Howard University. In 1932, Samuel M. Nabrit was the first black graduate to receive a Ph.D. from Brown. From 1967 to 1972, he served as the Brown Corporation’s first black Trustee. Page | 17
  20. 20. INMAN EDWARD PAGE, 1853-1935 Inman Edward Page was born into slavery on December 29, 1853, in Warrenton, Virginia. During the Civil War his family fled Virginia and later moved to Washington, D.C. Mr. Page attended Howard University for two years and then enrolled at Brown University. He was the Class of 1877 Orator. After graduating from Brown University in 1877, he earned A.M. and LLD degrees from Wilberforce University in 1880 and 1918. He was an educator at several schools in Missouri and Oklahoma, and went on to become the President of Roger Williams University in Tennessee and Lincoln University in Missouri. “…Mr. Page is the first colored graduate from the University. The theme of his oration was the ‘Intellectual Prospects of America.’” “... Mr. Page did not receive his position as class orator from a chivalrous recognition of his race by his white associates, although the choice is none the less creditable to them. He is an orator of rare ability, speaking with weight and sententiousness without effort at display and at times rising to a profound and impressive eloquence. The scope of the essay indicated grasp of thought and the language was often remarkable for elegance and power. There is no doubt but he fairly earned his honors.” - Account of Class Day in the Providence Journal in 1877, Encyclopedia Brunoniana by Martha Mitchell GEORGE WASHINGTON MILFORD, 1852-1917 George Washington Milford was born on November 11, 1852 in Stafford County, Virginia. He was the Class of 1877 Historian. After graduating from Brown University in 1877, he earned a LLB degrees from Howard University in 1901. He was admitted to the bar by the Washington, DC Supreme Court in 1902 and admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court in 1911. Page | 18
  21. 21. INMAN PAGE BLACK ALUMNI COUNCIL (IPC) EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Karen McLaurin Chesson ’74 | IPC President Karen McLaurin Chesson held the position of director of the Third World Alumni Activities Committee and Associate Director of Alumni Relations for five years. In 1993, she was named the first female director of the Third World Center and Associate Dean of the College, where she served for 18 years. Her impetus, leadership, dedication and commitment made the Third World Center “a hub” of student leadership and diversity programming for the Brown community. She will be honored with the Joseph M. Fernandez ‘85 Award for her commitment to diversity and collaboration that strengthens the university community at the Brown Alumni Association Recognition Ceremony and Luncheon. She currently serves as President of the Inman Page Black Alumni Council. Tiffani Scott ’98 | Reunion Co-Chair and IPC President-Elect Tiffani Scott graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and started her career at United Technologies where she was a Mechanical Design Engineer on the NASA spacesuit. After pursuing her MBA at NYU Stern School of Business, her focus was in supply chain management at companies such as Johnson & Johnson and BASF with a focus on implementing enterprise resource planning systems. In 2009, Ms. Scott also founded Black Ivy Events, a company that organizes networking events that cater to the social, professional, and civic interests of diverse alumni of the Ivy League institutions. Currently, Ms. Scott is an Information Technology Manager at Becton Dickinson, a global medical devices manufacturer. As IPC Secretary from 2008-2010, she spearheaded the planning of the 2010 Black Alumni Reunion. This included helping to raise $323,000 toward the IPC Endowed Scholarship Fund. In 2011, she was awarded the Brown Alumni Leadership Award for her innovation, collaboration and execution. Ms. Scott is the Co-Chair of the 2013 Black Alumni Reunion and will serve as President of IPC for the 2014-16 administration. Page | 19
  22. 22. Adrienne Jones ’93 | IPC Treasurer Adrienne Jones is the current IPC Treasurer for the 2012-2014 administration. Ms. Jones is completing her Ph.D. in Political Science at the City University of New York Graduate Center. Her dissertation, The Voting Rights Act Under Siege documents the influence of conservatism on the federal governments enforcement of the VRA. Ms. Jones is a graduate of Brown University and of Berkeley Law School at the University of California at Berkeley. Ms. Jones has enjoyed working with the IPC executive board to fund traditions that support a sense of belonging and community among students and alums. This year, IPC initiated the Adopt-A-Student program which makes it possible for alums to sponsor IPC t-shirts to welcome incoming students and kente stoles to congratulate new Brown graduates. This year, IPC helped to mobilize over 898 Black alumni donors for the Brown Annual Fund Challenge created by Lynette Allison Carr ‘79, Roosevelt Robinson ‘78, Westley Thompson ‘76 and Derek Medina ‘88 who established a new scholarship for a black student. In addition, IPC supports student initiatives on campus and has sponsored regional chapter events in Washington, D.C., Chicago and New York. Please consider donating to IPC! It’s a personal and meaningful way to stay connected to Brown! Crystal Cochren ’95 | IPC Secretary Crystal Cochren currently serves as an Assistant Deputy Public Defender with the New Jersey Office of the Public Defender where she provides legal advice and representation to indigent clients. Previously, Ms. Cochren worked in private practice focusing on Employment Law. Ms. Cochren has been appointed to the New Jersey Supreme Court Family Practice Committee for the 2011-2013 term and the District Ethics Committee for the 2012-2016 term. Ms. Cochren is also licensed to practice law in New York. In addition to pursuing academic excellence at Brown, she was one of the seven charter members of the Mu Kappa chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated and served as the chapter’s first president. Ms. Cochren received her Juris Doctor degree from Rutgers University School of Law, in Newark, New Jersey. After receiving and answering her call from God to enter into ministry, Ms. Cochren enrolled in the Master of Divinity degree program at Drew University Theological School in Madison, New Jersey. Ms. Cochren received her Master of Divinity degree in May 2010 and is participating in ministry in New Jersey. Page | 20
  23. 23. Darwyn Parker-Harris ’75 | Black Alumni Reunion Co-Chair The first Back female to graduate from Brown in Engineering, Darwyn Parker Harris ‘75, also holds a degree in Biology, a Master’s in Applied Mathematics and was a Nabrit Ph.D. Fellow in Bio Medical/Electrical Engineering at Brown. She has been involved in numerous engineering projects over the years with start-up as well as Fortune 100 companies. In these companies, she has held a range of positions, including: Human Factors Engineer, responsible for the design of crew systems and interfaces with naval aircraft at Naval Air Systems Command; Engineering Supervisor for Manufacturing, Design, Operations and Capital Improvements at Pfizer and Astra Pharmaceuticals; Systems Engineer and Cost Analyst for special government projects while with the MITRE Corporation, where she authored a host of publications; and Principal Analysis providing technical direction for development and deployment of logistics tools to VP of Operations, INNOLOG. While at Brown, Darwyn was a member of the Black Choir and taught Math, Science, and English to high school students at Hope High School, as well as in an alternative learning school in downtown Providence for students with special circumstances. After leaving Brown she continued her involvement and was a member of the Third World Alumni Activities Committee, Secretary-Elect for the Brown Associated Alumni and is currently a member of the IPC Board of Governors and co-chair of the Black Alumni Reunion Committee. Page | 21
  24. 24. BOARD OF GOVERNORS Fundraising Fundraising Alumni of Color Initiative Alumni of Color Initiative Communications Newsletter Newsletter Alumni & Student Relations Alumni & Student Relations Alumni & Student Relations Local Chapter, Atlanta Local Chapter, Chicago Local Chapter, NYC Local Chapter, NYC Local Chapter, DC Local Chapter, Philadelphia Matriculation Matriculation Africana Liaison Africana Liaison Membership Historian By-Laws Nicole Clare ’99 Alissa Mayers ’03 Bernicestine McLeod Bailey ’68, P’99, P’03 Harold Bailey ’70 LHD’95 hon., P’99, P’03 Shane McGregor ’95 Denise Bledsoe Slaughter ’75 AM’77 Lydia Boddie-Rice ’76 Justin Coles ’11 Andrea O’Neal ’03 Margaret Stevens AM’06 PhD’10 Tuneen Chisolm ’84 Steven Hunter ’99 Deshaun Mars ’08 AM’09 Dwight Vidale ’05 Anthony Teat ’88 Thierry Fortune ‘84 Eldridge Gilbert ’05 Judith Sanford-Harris PhD ’74, P’14 Neil Roberts ’98 Markita Morris-Louis ’98 Celeste Malone ’02 Cassie Owens ’09 Leland McGee ’77 Page | 22
  25. 25. BLACK ALUMNI REUNION COMMITTEES Reunion Co-Chairs Darwyn Parker-Harris ’75 Tiffani Scott ’98 Executive Planning Committee Karen McLaurin Chesson ’74 Adrienne Jones ’93 Richard Gray ’85 Planning Committee Dorsey James ’83, P’14 Troy Wilson ’83 Harry Holt ’84, P’16 Tina Patterson ’85 Cheryl McCants ’86 Dina Runcie ’86 Diane Johnson ’94 Nicole Clare ’99 Alissa Mayers ’03 Justin Coles ’11 Promotions Committee Adrienne Jones ’93 Rosetta Hillary ’74 Brian Lacey ’75, P’02 Troy Wilson ’83 Harry Holt ’84, P’16 Thierry Fortune ’84 Katani Sumner ’85 Harold Bailey ’70 LHD’95 hon, P’99, P’03 Kenya Crumel ’93 Diane Johnson ’94 Eldridge Gilbert ’05 Aisha Stroop ’98 Tiffany Yizar ’07 Nicole Clare ’99 Justin Coles ’11 Lorie McGee ’01 Chantel Whittle ’12 Alissa Mayers ’03 On-Site Host Committee Karen Hall ’77 Harry Holt ’84, P’16 Diane Johnson ’94 Aisha Stroop ’98 Nicole Clare ’99 Dionne Nickerson ’00 Varina Clark ’12 Amanda Dowden ’12 MD’16 Thomas Beauford ’13 Michelle Onibokun ’14 Colin Blake ’15 Chell Burke ’15 Taylor Williams ’15 Anisha Lewis ’16 Ricardo Mullings ’16 Malikah Williams ’16 Aadon Penny ’11 Colin Blake ’15 Shauna Tulloch ’15 Chell Burke ’16 Godwin Tsado ’16 Josie Valcin ’16 Isabelle Thenor-Louis ’16 Gabrielle Frampton ’17 Page | 23
  26. 26. ROLAND LAIRD JR. ’82 MEMORIAL SUMMER PROGRAM SCHOLARSHIP FUND The Inman Page Black Alumni Council (IPC) is pleased to announce the Roland O. Laird Jr. Memorial Summer Program Scholarship Fund through which IPC will continue to support selected African-American participants in Brown's Summer Leadership Institute and SPARK programs. Our goal is to raise $10,000 for the Laird Jr. Memorial SPS Fund by December 31, 2013. The fund is housed at Brown University and all contributions are tax-deductible. Roland Laird Jr. ’82 was the central player in establishing and maintaining IPC-NY's SPARK scholarship to honor the late Marie Moses Irons ’82, a computer science major. That scholarship enabled at least two African-American middle school students from the NY/NJ area to attend SPARK since 2003. SPARK students spend 1 to 2 weeks on Brown's campus immersed in a science discipline of their choice; they get a real taste of what it means to be a scientist and learn how to explore and make discoveries. Laird ultimately expanded the initial effort, adding IPC-NY scholarships in the names of Onyx and the late Coach Doug Terry to Brown's summer Leadership Institute for high school students. Leadership Institute students spend 2 weeks at Brown developing knowledge and understanding of complex issues through case studies, lectures, films, simulations, discussions, field research and group projects. With faculty guidance and peer feedback, students create an Action Plan that addresses a pressing social issue in their school or community, and then work on the project when they return home. Brown partners with IPC, paying 50% of the tuition and fees for each IPC nominated summer program participant; however, Laird ensured IPC-NY's ability to fund its 50% of the tuition fees and he personally provided transportation for the students to campus. Each year, he reached out to fellow IPC alum for contributions and sought grants to raise the necessary funds through an outside foundation. In 2012, Laird worked with Tuneen Chisolm ’84 to help establish IPC Atlanta's scholarship to the Leadership Institute in honor of Dr. Ruth Simmons, and he made sure IPC Atlanta's inaugural scholarship was covered when the area contributions fell short of the necessary amount. To date, over 36 African-American students have attended Brown summer programs as IPC nominated participants. When Laird passed away in February 2013, we thought it fitting to establish a Brown University housed IPC summer program scholarship fund in his name to ensure that we continue the IPC support of African American Brown Summer Program participants that Laird worked so diligently to establish and maintain. The amount required to support two SPARK participants and two Leadership Institute participants is $10,000 each year. To donate, visit, check the box for "Other" under "Other Current-Use Priorities," and write in "LAIRD JR. MEMORIAL SPS FUND." Page | 24
  27. 27. GEORGE LIMA ’48, TUSKEGEE AIRMAN In April 1945, as a member of the U.S. Army’s 477th Bombardment Group, George S. Lima was one of sixty black Air Corps officers arrested for trying to enter a white officer’s club at Freeman Field, in Indiana. He described the incident during an interview. “When you’re a commissioned officer you get a notice from the president that you’re an officer and a gentleman, and you think that, presumably, you’re entitled to everything an officer is entitled to,” he recalled. “And we go to the club and try to get a Coca-Cola—they tell you they can’t serve you— then you react, you know.” As a result of the incident at Freeman Field—an embarrassing name, under the circumstances—the army ordered the base to integrate its clubs and replaced the unit’s commanding officer. Three years later Harry Truman ordered all the armed forces integrated. A lifelong political and labor activist, Lima, the son of immigrants from Cape Verde, George Lima moved to Fall River, Massachusetts, after the war with his new wife and daughter. From there, Lima commuted to Brown—except during football training, when he lived in Hegeman Hall. He helped found the University’s chapter of Omega Psi Phi, a black fraternity, and he studied sociology partly “to get my head straight about this business about segregation and discrimination,” he says. Mr. Lima founded the Black Air Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is dedicated to empowering youth through education. His remarkable experiences as a “Tuskegee Airman” came to the attention of the public in the documentary “Black Men Can Fly”. More information is available on their website at The Inman Page Black Alumni Council honored George Lima during the 2010 Black Alumni Reunion (shown above) for his outstanding contributions to the Black community at Brown University and beyond. Page | 25
  28. 28. THOMAS BROWN ’50, TRUSTEE EMERITUS A native of Fall River, Thomas Brown is most remembered for the lifelong battle he fought in Boston to achieve diversity in employment. A member of the class of 1950 at Brown University, he immediately took a more venturous professional turn for that era. As an associate at the Marvin and Leonard Advertising Agency he became the first AfricanAmerican to be employed at a management level in that industry. It was at that firm that he came to the attention of Edwin H. Land, CEO and founder of the Polaroid Corp. Land hired Brown as his special corporate assistant, thus providing Brown with the bully pulpit from which to begin a crusade for social change. A call from Land's office to other Greater Boston CEOs would make it difficult for them to refuse to consider hiring racial minorities. Brown made a number of such calls until it was necessary for him to establish the Jobs Clearing House to process the new job opportunities. Tom Brown opened Jobs Clearing House in 1963 and ran it for more than 30 years and never took a dime of compensation for his effort. During this time more than 10,000 minorities found employment at higher levels than were formally available. Business and educational leaders in Greater Boston acknowledged Brown's achievement. He was a member of the Brown University Board of Trustees. Brown was a big promoter of the IPC Scholarship Fund. Page | 26
  29. 29. DANIELLE DUNLAP ’10, PEACE CORPS ACTIVIST Danielle Alexis Dunlap graduated in 2010 from Brown University with a degree in Neuroscience. While at Brown she was a member of the Fusion Dance company, a minority recruitment intern and a swim instructor for children with asthma. Dani arrived in Ghana on June 6, 2011 for preservice training as a health volunteer. She was one of 69 Americans sworn in as Peace Corps volunteers on Aug. 30, 2011 at the residence of the U.S. Ambassador to Ghana as part of the 50th anniversary celebration of Peace Corps in Ghana. Throughout her service, she carried out activities aimed at improving the quality of life for her community in the areas of nutrition, HIV/AIDS and malaria awareness, and sanitation. Peace Corps Ghana staff said Dani’s boundless energy and enthusiasm endeared her to her community in Ghana, and that she was proud of her role as a volunteer trainer, helping to mentor newly arrived volunteers in the projects to which she was so devoted. Dani was scheduled to complete her service on August 16, 2013. Dani was born in Germany and lived in several places around the world before her service in Ghana. She enjoyed traveling and studied abroad in both Haiti and South Korea, where she learned Spanish and Korean. Prior to joining the Peace Corps, Dani tutored young students in English, math and science at The Academy at Harvard Square in Cambridge, Mass. In the fall of 2013, she planned to further her education by beginning a Masters program in Public Health at Emory University. But her time was cut short and Dani passed on April 28, 2013 of an acute Malaria illness. While in Ghana, Dani raised money to build a clinic in her community. That community chose to remember her by naming the clinic after the name they had given her, "Mama Grace." Page | 27
  30. 30. DECEASED BLACK ALUMNI Mr. Ralph W. Reckling Mr. Roswell S. Bosworth Mr. Frederick D. Pollard Dr. Lorimer D. Milton Miss Rosa J. Minkins Mr. Jay M. Williams Dr. Russell A. Lane Reverend Aurelius D. Pinckney Mr. Joseph C. Allen Dr. Walter F. Becket Dr. Joseph F. S. Carter Dr. Samuel B. Milton Mr. Howard Hughes Murphy Mr. Louis L. Redding Mr. Lawremce S. Larry Mrs. James K. Smith Mrs. Charlotte W. Strickland Miss Violet Warfield Mrs. Marguerite Worthington Mr. Robert E. Mc Millan Mrs. William H. Bush Prof. J. Saunders Redding Mrs. Esther Cumby Dr. William C. Foster Mr. Joseph H. Mahood, Jr. Mr. John Hope II Dr. Samuel M. Nabrit, Ph.D. Dr. S. O. Roberts Mrs. Carolyn Stanley Mr. Carl N. Mayhew Dr. Mercer Cook, Ph.D. Mr. Vernon Beaubien Mrs. Paul S. Hough Mr. Frederick D. Pollard, Jr. Mrs. P. Vaughn Sterrett Miss Beatrice Y. Black Dr. Lester L. Gavurin Mrs. Elizabeth J. Phillips Mr. Paul B. Zuber Mr. George S. Lima Prof. Charles H. Nichols, Ph.D. Mae B. Simmons, Ph.D. Mr. Robert Albert Mr. James O. Banks, Jr. 1910 1918 1919 1920 1920 1920 1921 1921 1923 1923 1923 1923 1923 1923 1924 1924 1924 1925 1925 1927 1928 1928 1929 1929 1931 1932 1932 1932 1932 1935 1936 1937 1937 1937 1940 1941 1944 1945 1947 1948 1948 1948 1949 1950 Mr. Thomas J. Brown Mr. Fermino J. Spencer Mr. Joseph H. Thomas, Jr. Mr. Eugene E. Whitlock, Jr. Mr. Archie Williams Mr. Charles E. Taylor Mr. Wortham R. Baskerville Mr. Joel C. Stokes Ms. Peggy B. Evans Prof. Wallace Terry II Dr. Roy Hunter, Jr., Ph.D. Prof. Irving L. Williams Dr. J. Nathan Gayles, Jr., Ph.D. Dr. Ronald E. Brooks, Ph.D. Mr. John A. Jones Dr. Enamidem U. Ubok-Udom Ms. Judith Clark Lombard Dr. Jerome H. Wood, Jr., Ph.D. Reverend Lindsey A. Robinson Dr. Clement F. Shearer Mr. Leonard B. Smith Mr. Ray D. Barnes Mr. Phillip N. Bond Mr. Leonard E. Collins, Jr. Mr. Robert H. Jones Mr. Bruce L. Owens Miss Sherley A. Williams Mrs. Vera L. Ballard Mr. Rodney W. Dennis Dr. Eldred G. Fowler Mr. Albert C. Mannings Mr. Kenneth L. Marshall Mr. Sylvester Turner, Jr. M. Denise Wiley, M.D. Mr. Glenn T. Wilson Mr. Christopher T. Chester Dr. Herbert O. Edwards, Sr., Ph.D. Mr. James A. Emanuel, Jr. Patricia Taylor-Irvin Dr. Janis H. Jackson Dr. Wendell A. Jeanpierre, Ph.D. Mr. George G. Woody III Mr. Charles Ballard Dr. Melvin W. Dixon, Ph.D. 1950 1951 1954 1954 1956 1957 1958 1958 1959 1959 1962 1962 1963 1965 1965 1965 1968 1969 1971 1971 1971 1972 1972 1972 1972 1972 1972 1973 1973 1973 1973 1973 1973 1973 1973 1974 1974 1974 1974 1974 1974 1974 1975 1975 Page | 28
  31. 31. DECEASED BLACK ALUMNI Dr. Arlington L. Finley, Ph.D. Mr. Carl A. Hardy Anthony Harmon, M.D. Mr. Jack S. Lobato Mr. Kenneth L. Middleton Mr. Edward P. Morris Mr. Eddie Ray Wallace Ms. Teddy R. Wilster Ava Malloy Brackett Ms. Elizabeth A. Britton Professor Rhett S. Jones, Ph.D. Mrs. Lynn Beaman Keys Ms. Jacqueline A. Reed Ms. Linda S. Ballard Mrs. Beverly M. Guthrie Ms. Vicky R. Jones Dr. Charles J. Latos, Ph.D. Pastor Melvin T. Lee David Riddle, D.D.S. Mr. James F. Wing, Jr. Kirk A. Woodson, M.D. Desiree Bennett Backstrom, M.D. William C. Baker, M.D. Mr. Leonard J. Davis Ms. Valerie J. Drysdale Mr. Musa Kalimullah Mr. Charles J. Norwood Ms. Dorothy Phillips Prude Mr. Thomas W. Riggsbee Mr. John F. Silva Mr. Michael A. Slocum Mr. Hugh L. Pearson Ms. Cassandra R. Burrell Mr. Ronald W. Chapman Ms. Maureen D. Jackson Mr. Frederick W. Love Ms. Lori Murphy-Carter Mr. Arthur D. Wright III Mr. Erik L. Bond Mr. Michael C. Frazier Mr. Alan C. Howard Ms. Makeda Milele Mr. Cortland W. Waifer Mr. Bernard G. Council Dr. Isaac A. Harris, Jr., Ph.D. 1975 1975 1975 1975 1975 1975 1975 1975 1976 1976 1976 1976 1976 1977 1977 1977 1977 1977 1977 1977 1977 1978 1978 1978 1978 1978 1978 1978 1978 1978 1978 1979 1980 1980 1980 1980 1980 1980 1981 1981 1981 1981 1981 1982 1982 Ms. Marie L. Irons Mr. Roland O. Laird, Jr. Ms. Alyson S. Perry Ms. Robin L. Walker Mr. Jurgen D. Cheston Mr. Derek A. Jones Ms. Tonita F. Lipscomb Noreen M. Coachman, M.D. Mr. Chester N. Crawford Mr. Cedric B. Johnson Mr. Andre M. Jones Mr. Eaon A. Richardson Mr. George L. Alleyne Dr. Kris L. Douglas Ms. Lisanne Paulin Mr. Roger D. Parrish Thaddeus M. Smith, Ph.D. Mr. Melvin D. Lewis Mr. Joseph R. Cordery Ms. Iona Grace Harris Mr. Kenneth P. James Ms. Nicole I. Mason Esq. Mr. Darryl Theirse Mr. Edward M. Washburn Arthur W. Chaney, M.D. Ms. Michele A. Roach Dr. Lynnéa Y. Stephen Donald A. Randolph, Jr., M.D. Mr. Reginald Shepherd Mr. Tronn D. Carson Jimmie D. Clark, M.D. Ms. Nadgia B. James Ms. JoAnne K. Johnson Mr. Iran A. Bachman Mr. Gabriel B. Stepto Ms. Brienin N. Bryant Mr. Gregory G. Parker Mr. David S. Neale Ms. Candace M. Batts Mr. Kolajo P. Afolabi Ms. Joanne M. Leavy Ms. Arin J. Adams Ms. Danielle A. Dunlap Mr. Matthew E. Strickland Ms. Laura N. Kibuuka 1982 1982 1982 1982 1983 1983 1983 1984 1984 1984 1984 1984 1985 1985 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1989 1989 1989 1989 1989 1990 1990 1990 1991 1991 1992 1992 1992 1992 1993 1993 1994 1997 2000 2001 2003 2003 2007 2010 2010 2015 Page | 29
  32. 32. CELEBRATE DIVERSITY with the Brown Alumni Association’s MULTICULTURAL ALUMNI COMMITTEE MAC welcomes alumni back for the 2013 Black Alumni Reunion! The Multicultural Alumni Committee of the Brown Alumni Association (MAC) is pleased to welcome you to campus and wishes you a rich and fulfilling experience at the 2013 Black Alumni Reunion. MAC is a standing committee of the Brown Alumni Association (BAA) Board of Governors. MAC represents the voices of alumni of color, and serves as an advisory committee to the BAA Board. We proudly support initiatives like the Black Alumni Reunion that celebrate the diversity of the Brown community, including MAC/BAA-affiliated alumni groups:     Asian/Asian American Alumni Alliance (A4) Brown Transgender, Bisexual Gay and Lesbian Alumni/ae (Brown TBGALA) Brown University Latino Alumni Council (BULAC) Inman Page Black Alumni Council (IPC) Visit to learn more and find out how to stay in touch!
  33. 33. Since 1970 Rites and Reason has developed and produced over 100 plays ranging in subject matter from the black solider in the Revolutionary War, to the roles of ArmenianAmerican women, to the practice of ancient Chinese foot binding, championing the multidisciplinary approach to theatre arts. It is anchored in tradition and heritage yet embraces innovation and the fresh ideas that come with changing times. A Collaborative Beginning In 1974, Afro-American Studies and Rites and Reason Theatre informally united when the founding Artistic Director of Rites and Reason and the Director of Afro-American Studies joined with 15 Brown undergraduates (six white, nine black) in a Group Independent Study Project (GISP). GISPs enable students with a shared interest to work with faculty to direct their study. The professors agreed to teach GISP 21, “Race Relations in Providence, 1920-1940,” which, for the first time, brought the results of student research to the stage of Rites and Reason. A research and developmental theatre, Rites and Reason employs its unique Research-to-Performance Method (RPM) of play development. RPM is a rational and systematic process that organizes teams of artists and scholars in the development of new plays. Combining artists’ ideas and scholars’ research, these teams typically begin a dialogue with each other over a body of research. In most cases, the scholar prepares a brief written statement on the research which is discussed with the playwright. The playwright then prepares an overview of the play based on a reading of the research. The playwright revises the work and the dialogue continues. Other artists, scholars, students, and community members are often invited to participate in the discussions. Through these discussions the research moves from readings, to workshops, and finally to a full production. The Ruth J. Simmons Africana Studies Endowed Fund With broad and significant support from across the Brown alumni community, The Ruth J. Simmons Africana Studies Endowed Fund was established in May 2012. The Fund supports the various initiatives of the Department of Africana Studies. The Department of Africana Studies is an interdisciplinary intellectual center for students, faculty, artists, and scholars interested in the artistic, historical, literary, and theoretical expressions of Africa and the African Diaspora. It houses scholars in the fields of history, literature, philosophy, religious studies, political theory, performance studies, feminist studies, and cultural studies. Page | 31
  34. 34. The Department's Rites and Reason Theatre develops new plays by students and faculty. Africana Studies sponsors symposia, lectures, debates, a bi-annual film festival, and regular colloquia on African and African Diaspora writing. The faculty is also at the hub of a global collaboration projects. Your gift to this Fund will help support the activities of the department, including Rites and Reason Theatre. The endowment will also fund visiting scholars and artists and support program enhancements that will benefit the entire Brown community. Visit the website below to make your gift to the Endowed Fund: Department of Africana Studies Brown University Box 1904 155 Angell Street Providence, RI 02912 Telephone: (401) 863-3137 Page | 32
  35. 35. The Department of Africana Studies’ Rites and Reason Theatre presents an INVITATION to the NIGHTMARE YEARS a musical drama Written and directed by Original score by Elmo Terry-Morgan Dr. Clarice LaVerne Thompson Thursday, October 17 through George Houston Bass Saturday, October 19 at 7PM Performing Arts Space Brown University, Churchill House 155 Angell Street Sunday, October 20 at 3PM with post play FolkThought discussion Providence, Rhode Island • 401-863-3137
  36. 36. The Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America (CSREA) is an interdisciplinary campus-wide hub for generative ideas, public conversation, creative expression and engaged scholarship on race and ethnicity in America. We also encourage and support research on indigenous people, new immigrant and racial groups as well as transnational issues as they pertain to race and ethnicity. A core component of CSREA is enabling faculty and advanced students in the development of cutting edge, collaborative intellectual work. Toward this end, CSREA has launched “What I am Thinking About Now,” an on-going informal workshop/seminar series to which faculty and graduate students are invited to present and discuss recently published work and work in progress. We also initiated the CSREA Research Grants Program. This program awards up to $3,500 for semester long collaborative research projects led by faculty from departments across the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences who are developing or share an existing inter-, multi- or trans-disciplinary research project. On September 17, we hosted our inaugural event: a community forum titled “Where Do We Go From Here?: After Trayvon,” led by a panel of nationally recognized activist-leaders and students. On September 24, we opened an exhibit of artworks from CultureStr/ke, a national network of professional and emerging artists whose mission is to advance progressive change in immigration through cultural organizing. CSREA is excited to be a hub at Brown and beyond for the study and reflection on race and ethnicity in America. Prioritizing race and ethnicity as core research areas across various disciplines enables and intensifies our ability to develop new ideas, raise new questions and hopefully generate more useful answers. We encourage alumni involvement! Please visit our website to join our mailing list and offer program suggestions: CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF RACE + ETHNICITY IN AMERICA Box 2032, Providence, RI 02912 401-863-5775 Page | 34
  37. 37. The Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice (CSSJ) is a scholarly research center with a public educational mission. Recognizing that racial and chattel slavery were central to the historical formation of the Americas, the CSSJ will create a space for the interdisciplinary study of: • historical forms of slavery • how the legacies of slavery shape our contemporary world • contemporary forms of human bondage To further this study, CSSJ will establish research programs designed to foster deeper understandings about the issues of justice, human rights, and freedom today. We are dedicated to a policy of global public engagement on the issues of slavery, human bondage, and justice. In order to explore these issues we will: • convene public forums • intervene in national and international debates • develop collaborative partnerships of research and activities with scholars, activists, individuals, and institutions committed to these issues • hold conferences and workshops around these issues The Center developed out of recommendations of the Steering Committee on Slavery and Justice. During the Center’s inaugural year of programming in 2012–13 we introduced a robust interdisciplinary series of programs which both examined Brown University’s complex historical relationship with slavery and the contemporary legacies of slavery around the world. The Center hopes to continue to provide a structure through which students, scholars, and community members can create innovative connections and meaningful discourse. Through films, lectures, music programs, public exhibitions, conferences, and workshops, CSSJ seeks to weave the past, present, and future perspectives on historical forms of Page | 35
  38. 38. slavery and the contemporary search for justice and create a space for ongoing dialogue surrounding these issues. History of CSSJ In 2003, the then President of Brown University Dr. Ruth Simmons appointed a Steering Committee on Slavery and Justice (SCSJ) to explore Brown’s historical relationship to slavery and the transatlantic slave trade. The SCSJ devoted three years to this task, uncovering, documenting, and discussing Brown’s history and relationship to American slavery and the African slave trade. The SCSJ also sponsored many events that helped Brown and the Providence community reflects on this history, and the then national debate about reparations for slavery. The SCSJ’s final report includes a set of recommendations by which Brown could publicly acknowledge this history and promote ongoing consideration of issues related to slavery and justice. One major recommendation was the establishment of a Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice (CSSJ). CSSJ was formally established during the 2012–2013 academic year. Contact Us At the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice we are interested in collaborative programming, and providing a space to respond to issues important to you. Please share your feedback from previous events, or ideas for new programming. Alumnae Hall 194 Meeting Street Providence, RI 02912 Phone: 401-863-5085 Email: Page | 36
  39. 39. The Third World Center was established in 1976 in response to student protests in 1968 and 1975. Although “Third World” may have negative socioeconomic associations, Brown students continue to use the term in the context originating from the Civil Rights Movement. MISSION The Third World Center seeks to provide students at Brown University a variety of opportunities to engage in the academic endeavors of the University and to integrate their curricular and co-curricular interests. Accordingly, the Center’s mission is fourfold: 1. To provide an environment in which students of color and their allies can feel comfortable exploring, expressing, and celebrating their cultural heritages; 2. To provide a base from which Third World students can have an impact as a community at Brown; 3. To expand the social awareness of the University community with regards to current issues involving the status of Third World people at Brown University and in society at large; and 4. To equip students with life-long skills to aid them as they navigate their journey at Brown and beyond. The overarching purpose of the Center is to make significant contributions to the personal and intellectual growth of students at Brown. SIGNATURE PROGRAMS The TWC promotes learning opportunities for social justice education, community building, and leadership development through programs such as the Third World Transition Program (TWTP), Minority Peer Counselor (MPC) program, heritage series, and student initiatives. Third World Transition Program The Third World Transition Program is the TWC’s premier pre-orientation program that began in 1969. Over the four-day experience, participants meet other students, are introduced to campus resources, and engage in learning activities that promote selfreflection, identity exploration, and critical discourse. Minority Peer Counselors The MPC Program started in 1973, when a group of black upperclass students volunteered their services to provide new black students with academic support while building a sense of Page | 37
  40. 40. community, tradition, and strength. This program has evolved over the decades to include mentors from other communities of color. Today, MPCs help build a stronger community among first-year students within the residence halls. They also conduct workshops, provide an academic and cultural referral network within and across residence halls, and promote consciousness of cross-cultural issues. Co-Curricular Initiatives The TWC hosts five programming series: Asian American Heritage Series, Black Heritage Series, Latino Heritage Series, Multiracial Heritage Series, and Native American Heritage Series. Additionally, the Center supports the Asian American Student Initiative, Black Student Initiative, Latino Student Initiative, First-Gen Initiative, $ocial Classmates (student organization that raises awareness, fosters dialogue and takes action on issues pertaining to social class disparities and classism in the student body), and The Next Thing (a confidential support group for LGBTQ students of color). TWC’S LEGACY MOVING FORWARD The Third World Center will soon celebrate 40 years of student activism among communities of color. To identify the most pressing needs of current students while setting a vision for the future, the Center completed an extensive program review - which included a self-study and external evaluation - to highlight the Center’s strengths, areas of improvement, and programming opportunities. The next task is to have in-depth conversations with different members of the campus community about the mission, focus, and strategic plan of the TWC in 2013 and going forward; a name will come out of those discussions about mission. More information about the strategic planning process can be found at CONTACT INFORMATION Third World Center Brown University Box 1871 68 Brown St. Providence, RI 02912 Phone (401) 863-2120 Fax (401) 863-1184 Like us on Facebook: Third World Center (TWC) Page | 38
  41. 41. For nearly two decades, the Annenberg Institute has hewed to a single mission: to develop, share, and act on knowledge that improves the conditions and outcomes of schooling in America, especially in urban communities and in schools serving disadvantaged children. We adopted that mission because our abiding concern for equity demanded a focus on urban schools and communities, where inequities in opportunities and results remain unacceptable. Since that time, we have seen many improvements in urban education, and the Institute is proud of whatever small role we have played in some of them . However, we know the job is incomplete. While many urban school districts can justly claim that their students have attained basic-level knowledge and skills, no large urban district can say that all of its students have developed the abilities they will need to be effective citizens in a complex, diverse society or workers in a global, creative economy. We know that schools alone cannot ensure that all students have the resources and supports they need to reach that level. Districts, in partnership with community agencies and organizations, need to provide a comprehensive web of learning support. We call this type of partnership a “smart education system.” Our work is focused on defining such a system and assisting communities in developing and strengthening their systems. We do so while adhering to our core principles. Districts and Communities A smart education system is built on three pillars: schools, districts, and communities. The importance of schools is obvious, and fortunately, there are many organizations, including many with which we partner, that provide resources and supports to strengthen instruction and learning in classrooms. We have chosen to concentrate on the areas that match our expertise and experience: districts and communities. In 2000, the Institute formed a national task force to examine the role of urban districts. At the time, districts were seldom considered vital to educational improvement, except as a source of problems. But the task force concluded that redesigned districts are essential to ensuring results and equity, and it outlined a vision for a district that could support students and schools effectively. Page | 39
  42. 42. The task force’s conclusions have informed much of our work since then. We currently work with districts to build their capacity to support schools and students, and are developing and testing an array of tools to support them in those efforts. Similarly, we work to build local capacity and develop supporting tools to enable community organizations to provide pressure and support for educational improvement. Community organizing and engagement has been a hallmark of the Institute’s agenda since the 1990s, when the Institute supported the eighteen Annenberg Challenge sites. Our work in this area was strengthened substantially in 2006, when the New York City-based Community Involvement Program joined the Institute and augmented our expertise and capacity. With them we have continued to work on building community engagement in New York, and have expanded our engagement work in other cities. In 2011, the Institute launched a major national initiative, the Center for Education Organizing, that provides research, policy analysis, and alliance-building support to individual groups and national networks engaged in education reform. We are engaged in building smart education systems in a number of cities throughout the country. Yet we are also committed to upholding our values at home, both as a member of the Brown University community and as a citizen of Providence and Rhode Island. At Brown, we are helping to prepare the next generation of urban education leaders through the Urban Education Policy master’s program. In Providence, we are providing research and technical assistance support to the mayor’s Children and Youth Cabinet in its schoolimprovement efforts. Annenberg Institute for School Reform Brown University 383 Benefit Street Providence, RI 02903-2923 Telephone: 401.863.7990 Page | 40
  43. 43. As you may know, the Brown School of Engineering is undergoing an unprecedented growth campaign which includes new faculty in cutting-edge research areas, growth of master's programs, and planning for a new high-tech facility on College Hill. A major component to all of this positive growth is accessibility of the engineering program to students, and with that in mind the School is committed to growing and supporting all student organizations. A specific targeted effort is taking place to foster the growth of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) to ensure that membership is supported and a close integration with the School of Engineering's growth plan exists. The School is committed to working closely with NSBE to expand and support membership, increase ties with alumni, and solidify collaborative relationships with other student organizations in order to provide NSBE students with the best possible networking and create a strong presence at the School. Help with mentoring, networking, events (speakers, job talks), and graduate diversity fellowships are also key areas we would like to see grow in the coming years. Diversity is a vital component of any university. Exposure to a broad range of perspectives, views and outlooks is key to fostering both breadth and depth in intellectual discovery and furthering research. The School of Engineering seeks to promote diversity, inclusion and fair treatment of all members of the community. In a time when the importance of geographic boundaries has been virtuallyeliminated by emerging technology, the importance of diversity and the understanding of different perspectives play a key role in the functioning of our society. Brown University is founded on the ideals of academic inclusiveness and the benefits of a liberal education. These principles are held strongly at the School of Engineering, where this philosophy has developed into a culture of multidisciplinarity that crosses many intellectual boundaries. The School of Engineering's success through creative and collaborative approaches are a testament to the benefits of inclusion and working with a variety of diverse perspectives. Diversity is therefore a foundational element, which facilitates our educational and research goals, and the School is keenly aware of how enhancing historically under-represented populations in our engineering community furthers achievement of these goals. Page | 41
  44. 44. We acknowledge the challenges and the opportunities of achieving diversity, particularly in the fields of engineering, which is why the School is strongly committed to developing these efforts at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Outreach to under-represented populations for admissions, as well as efforts to engage students through student organizations and support/retention programs are a priority for the School. Many new initiatives are planned in these areas for the near future, and those with new ideas or support for our efforts should contact Associate Dean Robert Rome for further discussion and brainstorming: Robert Rome Associate Dean for Organizational Development and Planning School of Engineering Brown University Box D, 184 Hope Street Providence, RI 02912 401-863-1433 Page | 42
  45. 45. Founded in 1975, the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) is one of the largest studentgoverned organizations in the country. With over 394 College, Pre- College, and Professional chapters in the United States and abroad, NSBE has, accomplished more for Black engineering students than any other organization in the world. The mission of NSBE is “to increase the number of culturally responsible black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact their communities.” The Brown University chapter of NSBE aspires to follow the main mission of NSBE while furthering our members’ pursuits in engineering. This year, our chapter aims to have a resurgence within the Brown community with the hopes of becoming one of the leading Black professional groups on campus. The long term goal of the chapter is to increase the number of Black graduates from Brown University in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (S.T.E.M.). We are excited about what this year brings forward and we look forward to leaving a legacy for future generations of Black Brunonians. The primary long term aim of the NSBE chapter at Brown is to increase the number of students that graduate with degrees in engineering. To achieve this goal, the chapter has outlined the following steps: 1: To provide a support group for students of color in Engineering Some students of color – particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds – who major in engineering are often discouraged when they encounter the challenges related to engineering. Our NSBE chapter should be there to support these students by demonstrating that it is possible to bridge those gaps and excel in fields of engineering. 2: To create a network within and outside the Black at Brown community of engineering This network would consist of undergrads, graduates, and alumni of the Brown community. This network will be important in achieving the long-term goals because it helps to build a network within the Brown community to promote collaboration within all fields of engineering. 3: To introduce black students to career opportunities within the field of engineering Possibly the greatest benefit of being a part of NSBE is providing the opportunity for students to see what career paths are possible with a degree in engineering. It is important for NSBE chapter members to travel to the NSBE conferences to seek internship and employment opportunities. Questions, comments or suggestions can be directed to NSBE Chapter President Godwin Tsado ’16 at Page | 43
  46. 46. PANELISTS, SPEAKERS AND HONOREES Bernicestine McLeod Bailey ’68, P’99, P’03 | Moderator/AOCI CoChair Bernicestine McLeod Bailey is president of McLeod Associates, Inc., an information technology consulting firm that specializes in performance management and business intelligence software applications. For 12 years prior to forming McLeod Associates in 1981, she was a Systems Engineer at IBM. In addition, she is currently actively involved as a Vice President of Aisha & Co LLC, a family business specializing in the stationery, gift, and toy industries with the Ishababies ® product line. Ms. McLeod Bailey was elected to the Brown Corporation (the Board of Trustees) in 2001 and is currently a Trustee Emerita. She has been involved at Brown most recently as a Vice Chair of the Campaign for Academic Enrichment, specifically the Alumni of Color Initiative; a past chair of the President's Advisory Council on Diversity; and chair of the Archives Committee of the Pembroke Associates Council. Additionally, she has served as Class Treasurer; co-founder, the Investment in Diversity Fund; co-founder, Third World Alumni Network; member, Parents Council; member and co-chair of several Reunion Gift Committees; board member, Friends of the Library; member, Third World Alumni Activities Committee; and she has participated in numerous on-campus forums and seminars. She was an initial recipient of the Brown Alumni Service Award and received the Brown Bear award for sustained alumni service in 2007. Harold Bailey , Jr. ’70 LHD’95 hon., P’99, P’03 | Moderator/AOCI CoChair Since his days as a student leader and athlete, Harold Bailey has been committed to making Brown a better place. As an early chair of the BAA’s Minority Affairs Committee and later as secretary of the BAA, Bailey worked successfully to increase the numbers of alumni of color involved in student recruitment, local programming and reunion activities. Mr. Bailey served as the co-chair of IPC’s Black Matriculation Campaign that facilitated alumni calling prospective Brown students. He is also one of the Vice Chairs for the Alumni of Color Campaign Committee. Mr. Bailey is a trustee emeritus and holds an honorary Ph.D. from Brown University. Page | 44
  47. 47. Karen Baxter | Moderator Before coming to Rites & Reason, Baxter was the executive director of the Frank Silvera Writers' Workshop (FSWW), one of the oldest Harlembased playwrights' laboratories. As Producer/Managing Director at Rites & Reason, Baxter produces all of the season's productions and programs. These have included film/stage-veteran Ossie Davis' Sybil, Mule Bone by Zora Neale Hurston and Langston Hughes (which was presented on Broadway by Lincoln Center, NY) and The Disappearance by award-winning novelist Rosa Guy, adapted and directed by veteran actor Ruby Dee and Elmo Terry-Morgan (which was also produced at CrossRoads Theatre, NJ); the RI, NC and CA tours of Heart to Heart: Ain’t Your Life Worth Saving?; Freshwater Road by Denise Nicholas; The Ballad of Emmett Till by Ifa Bayeza (fully produced at the Goodman Theatre, Chicago and at the Fountain Theater, Los Angeles). Baxter also produces The Black Lavender Experience – Theatre and Conversation Sparked by Queer Playwrights of Color; and the Africana Film Festival. She studies the West African language, Bambara and works with the Trilateral Reconnections Project, University of Cape Town, SA/Brown/University of the West Indies and Fitna Yellen, Mali. Baxter also teaches a course, Art and Civic Engagement that explores public art, communities, social and cultural identity, democracy and power structures. Lydia Boddie-Rice ’76 | Moderator Lydia Boddie-Rice is CEO of Young Audiences of Rochester and President and Principal Creative of BoddieWORKS Outreach Consulting. She retired in 2010 as Manager of Public Affairs at Rochester Gas and Electric Corporation for fourteen years where she was primarily responsible for managing Community and local Government Affairs and the Company's Corporate Contributions program. A Rochester community influencer, she also is the former Director of the Center at High Falls and elected Commissioner of the Rochester City School District’s Board of Education. She is or has been a member of an exhaustive list of boards and committees, including, but not limited to Rochester Community Baseball and the Rochester Broadway Theater League. She is also the Founder and Managing Director of Cross Currents Minority Rowing ( Lydia holds a bachelor’s degree from Brown University and a masters degree from Rhode Island College. She also earned her K-12 teaching certification in art education from the Rhode Island School of Design. She has received numerous honors and awards for her professional contributions and expertise. Page | 45
  48. 48. Sheila Bridges ’86 | Featured Author Named "America's Best Interior Designer" by CNN and Time Magazine, Sheila Bridges founded her own interior design firm in 1994. Sheila Bridges Design, Inc is committed to creating high-end, interior spaces that are thought-evoking and visually interesting while also comfortable and livable. Ms. Bridges has designed residences and offices for many prominent entertainers, entrepreneurs and business professionals including the 8,300 square foot Harlem offices for former President Bill Clinton and his staff. Sheila Bridges Design, Inc has also completed projects at Columbia University and Princeton University, bringing Sheila's signature design aesthetic to interior spaces at both of these prestigious academic institutions. Sheila has been a regular contributor on NBC's Today Show, has appeared on Oprah and has been profiled in numerous national and international publications including The New York Times; The Wall Street Journal; O, The Oprah Magazine; Martha Stewart Living; and Ebony. Ms. Bridges was recently featured in the New York Times and will be signing copies of her new book The Bald Mermaid: A Memoir on Saturday, October 19 at 2:00-3:30pm at the Brown Bookstore and 3:45-4:15pm at Smith-Buonanno Hall Lobby. Professor Anthony Bogues | Panelist Professor Anthony Bogues is Harmon Family Professor of Africana Studies, affiliated Professor of Political Science and Modern Culture and Media, and Director of the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice at Brown University. Created on recommendation of the '2006 Report of the Brown University Steering Committee on Slavery and Justice', the new Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice will expand upon the work of that committee, creating a space for student and faculty research and public discussion of the history and legacies of these issues. He recently co-curated a national exhibition of Haitian Art, Reframing Haiti: Art, History, and Performativity. He is currently working on three major projects: a political/philosophical project on questions of the human, freedom, human emancipation and the black intellectual tradition; co-curating a major exhibition on Haitian art for 2014 in Paris and Cape Town, South Africa; and an intellectual/political biography of Michael Manley and Jamaican postcolonial politics. Professor Bogues teaches courses on subjects ranging from the Haitian Revolution, the complexities of African American political thought, and the nature of freedom in the modern world to the relationship between critical political theory and the imagination and on the relationship between history and literature in Caribbean novels. Page | 46
  49. 49. Ed Brockenbrough ’95 | Panelist Ed Brockenbrough is an Assistant Professor of Teaching and Curriculum at the University of Rochester’s Warner Graduate School of Education, where he teaches courses on concepts and issues in social science research, pre-service teacher preparation, and diversity and social justice in American education. He is also the Director of the Urban Teaching and Leadership Program, a Warner School initiative in partnership with the Rochester City School District that prepares urban teachers with a commitment to social justice. Professor Brockenbrough's research and scholarly publications focus on negotiations of identity, pedagogy, and power in urban educational spaces, with particular attention to black, masculinity, and queer issues in education. He is currently publishing findings from his critical ethnography on the identities and educational experiences of LGBT youth of color, with an emphasis on youth agency in the midst of multiple systems of oppression. Professor Brockenbrough is also the former president of the board of directors of the MOCHA Center, a nonprofit agency that addresses health disparities affecting LGBT communities of color. Chell Burke ’15 | Panelist Chell Burke is a junior from Brooklyn, New York City and is currently on the pre-med track studying Neuroscience and intending to double concentrate in Community Health. She hopes to fuse her two interests by pursuing her MD degree and becoming an activist for persons living without (quality) health care. She has served as a mentor to students of various programs for 7 years and continues to pursue her vision of shaping the next generation through her knowledge and experiences even today. Ms. Burke has served as president of The League of United Black Women, executive board member of the Black Student Union and is currently a Black Heritage Series programmer while maintaining a presence in various groups on campus. Outside of her academic and extracurricular interests, writing poetry, choreographing dances for her dance team and playing the piano. Page | 47
  50. 50. Angel Byrd, MD/PhD Candidate | Featured Student Speaker Dedicated, passionate and energetic, M.D./Ph.D. student Angel Byrd has earned many accolades and research opportunities. But she only recently won a young scientist’s most coveted prize: publication as lead author of a paper highly esteemed by her colleagues. As an undergrad at Tougaloo College she earned the opportunity to do summer research in China on gene expression and was named a Leadership Alliance scholar. Later at Brown she earned a research internship at drug giant Eli Lilly, and has piled up awards for research posters. After she won a coveted United Negro College Fund/Merck Graduate Fellowship in 2011, she sparkled on televisions around the country in a segment featuring her on BET. But it was not until recently that she could experience the pride — and relief — of flipping open the Journal of Immunology to see her name as lead author not only of a paper, but a paper the editors featured as one of the “top 10 percent” of the papers they publish. What Byrd found, along with co-authors, are the exact conditions and molecular means that trigger the body’s response to the invading Candida albicans. The fungus kills about 10,000 people in the United States each year, particularly babies, HIV patients, and others with weak immune systems. Dorothy Clark ’75 | Moderator Dorothy Clark recently retired from the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University where she served as Deputy Director for Operations. After leaving that post, she started Bull City Tax Service which focuses on providing services to the arts community and small businesses. She is also a full time student in Duke Divinity School. She makes her home in Durham, NC and, when time permits, still performs on stage. Dorothy is a founding member of 20/20 Sisters of Vision, a Giving Circle and member of the Community Investment Network. Page | 48
  51. 51. James Clemmons ’14 | Panelist James Clemmons, a native of a Columbus, Georgia, stands currently as a senior at Brown University concentrating in Economics. Beyond being academically devoted, James partakes in multiple extracurricular activities which include The Brotherhood, Imani Jubilee, Residential Life, Ivy Council, and Brown Student Agencies. He is a leader on campus serving as Co-President of the Brotherhood and a Community Adviser for the Office of Residential Life. Justin Coles ’11 | Moderator Justin Coles, a Philadelphia native, graduated from Brown University with a dual concentration in Political Science and Education Studies. The majority of Mr. Coles's academics as an undergraduate focused on the intersections of politics and urban education in America. While at Brown, Mr. Coles spent a large amount of his time working with the Black community, primarily as an officer for O.U.A.P., recently renamed the Black Student Union. Mr. Coles also spent time as a tour guide for the Bruin Club, a Minority Peer Counselor, and a secretary at Advising Central for the Dean of the College programming. Immediately after leaving Providence, he returned to Philadelphia where he taught 8th grade literature as a Teach For America corps member. Mr. Coles is currently a doctoral student at Michigan State University’s College of Education, in the Curriculum and Instruction department with a focus on Race, Culture, and Equity. Adom Crew ’04 | Panelist Dr. Adom Crew is a graduate of the Class of 2004 and currently resides in New York, NY. While at Brown, Adom was a member of the Men’s Soccer Team, where he earned Ivy League Player of the Year and All-American accolades during his senior season. After receiving his Business Economics degree at Brown, Dr. Crew continued his studies at New York University College of Dentistry, graduating in 2009 with high honors. Currently a practicing dentist in Queens, NY, Dr. Crew has earned a Fellowship in the International Congress of Oral Implantology and is back at NYU part-time completing additional certification in Implant Dentistry. Outside of work, Dr. Crew serves Page | 49