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.
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.
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.
UCS worked with the Undergraduate Finance Board (UFB) and University Resources Committee (URC) to increase the per-student fee (separate from tuition increases) used by the University to fund all student activities at Brown for the 2016-2017 academic year. This fee increase allows UFB to maintain current levels of funding for student activities and better support student groups.
UCS has its information available on its website for anyone to see. In increasing transparency between UCS and the student body, through various means, we are making the website more accessible. This includes putting faces to the body through adding pictures of executive board members, reorganizing tabs, adding more graphics, and adding in graphics and colors for a more inviting and aesthetically-pleasing platform.
Project Tampon was started by 2016-2017 UCS as an effort to bring free menstrual products to students at Brown. During its first year, the project was entirely funded and run by the UCS.
The 2017-2018 UCS continued restocking 52 bathrooms campus-wide and collected both distribution and usage data. By the end of the year, UCS’s data showed continued usage from students. 2018-2019 UCS was then able to successfully institutionalize funding and distribution from Brown’s Facilities Management moving forward.