AAA continues to promote the use of brown.texts.com among Brown students. This site allows students to buy, sell, and rent their textbooks from fellow students. Students who are selling textbooks can set their own prices and don't go through a middleman, so they keep every dollar from the sale. Create a free account today on brown.texts.com!
Each semester, we review applications for new student groups and applications for student group re-categorization. The applications are first reviewed in Student Activities Committee meetings and the groups that are approved are then reviewed in UCS general body meetings. So far, 9 new student groups have been approved and 5 existing groups have been approved for re-categorization.
Each year, UCS appoints undergraduate student representatives to over 20 different University committees. This fall, we appointed students to 33 positions on nine committees, and in the spring semester, we will be filling many additional positions for the 2016-2017 academic year.
Each semester, UCS allocates $4,000 from our New Initiatives Fund to new student initiatives at Brown that may not be able to find funding elsewhere on campus. This fund has been has been successful in supporting the entrepreneurial ethos of Brown while also supplementing the work of the Undergraduate Finance Board to meet the financial needs of student groups at Brown.
UCS is committed to ensuring that Brown continue to embrace and support its diverse student body, as well as take further action to increase and support the diversity of the faculty. To this end, we have worked hard to include as many student voices as possible in the University’s creation and implementation of Brown’s forthcoming Diversity Action Plan through focus groups, where students have been able to personally critique different drafts of the plan.
Wtfbrown.com launched in Spring 2015 as a website where students could voice their concerns and submit detailed feedback about various areas of student life. The site continues to receive a significant amount of traffic, as students are eager to let us know how we can improve their experiences on campus. While many posts on the site have already been met with UCS responses and are receiving attention by the appropriate committee(s) within UCS (and some have even been completed!), we are currently determining best practices for reviewing the posts.
Campus Life worked with BUDS to establish a Brown Dining Menu Review team. This team is bringing the student perspective to BUDS in order to foster communication that brings about positive change in the dining experience.
Campus Life has put together a student resource sheet that goes in dorms to let students know the things they can access on campus. This includes contact information, as well as a description of all the resources a center, office, or department has to offer.
We held the very successful Peer Advising Conference on January 31, 2016. International Mentoring Program (IMP) and First-Gens@Brown presented workshops on international advising and barriers faced by first-gen students, respectively. Representatives from a wide variety of peer advising networks, including Meiklejohn Leadership, Peer Career Advisors, and WiSE Mentors (plus more), participated in the conference. Peer advisors who attended the Conference were able to learn about challenges faced by specific communities on campus and how to better support them in their role as advisors. Those in attendance were also able connect and discuss how their various advising networks could collaborate more in the future.