Dear Sophomore Advisor:
Thank you for working with sophomores this year. If you're also a first-year advisor and will be attending an orientation session later this week, you'll receive your sophomore advising materials bundled with your first-year materials. Otherwise, your sophomore advising packet will be sent to your department box.
Here are a few quick notes to get the semester off to a good start:
Student files & advising info
You'll find all personalized advising information, including your advisees' names, student profiles, academic records, carts in self-service Banner, and PIN numbers in your log-in area in ASK. Advisors will have until Friday, September 26 to view the more confidential pieces of this information; access to much of your advisee information and all resource materials will remain unrestricted.
Advising meetings and Sophomore Seminars
Students will be anxious to see you quickly, since many will need their alt-PINs to make changes to their course registrations. (The PIN is the same one they used to pre-register in April, but many don't know that or will have lost the PIN.) Most advisors find it convenient to reserve a block or two of drop-in hours for their sophomores in the first few days of classes; before the start of classes on Wednesday is also worth considering, if you plan to be on campus. We'll be writing to sophomores in the next few days to encourage them to be in touch with you.
As you discuss your advisees' plans for the term, suggest that they consider a sophomore seminar. Many of these courses focus specifically on issues of social justice, identity, and difference. Regardless of the theme or topic, all sophomore seminars provide small settings in which students can develop the skills they'll need to progress toward more advanced learning in a discipline or field. Select Sophomore Seminars from Curricular Programs in the Brown Course Search in Banner to see this semester's offerings.
Included in your advisor packet is a student-written handbook, A Guide to Your Sophomore Year. While the audience is second-year students, you may find the information helpful and can also refer students to it in your advising sessions.
Deans' open hours
We understand that the first few days of the semester are hectic, so we've arranged for academic deans to have student PINs, as well. Deans are available in open hours throughout the week and students will be urged to follow up with you after speaking with one of us.
Thank you as always for advising Brown undergraduates, and please don't hesitate to email one of us if you have any questions or concerns.
All our best,
Yolanda Rome and Carol Cohen
Deans for First-Year and Sophomore Studies
We hope you have been enjoying your summer break! We know the start of the semester is still a few weeks away, but we wanted to share a few pieces of information to get your second year off on the right foot. Attached to this message, you will also find two sophomore advising pieces--a "roadmap" and a worksheet--which can help you begin to think through your options for the upcoming year.
looking forward to your return to campus! If you have any questions in the
meantime, please feel free to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 401-863-9800.
All our best,
Carol Cohen and Yolanda Rome
Deans for First-Year and Sophomore Studies
Dear incoming students,
We are writing with instructions on logging into the online educational module related to sexual assault, relationship abuse, sexual harassment and stalking. Before you proceed to the module, please watch this introductory video from former UCS President Maahika Srinivasan
Click here to access Agent of Change. Then click on "Click Here to Get Started" to access the registration form. On this form, you will be asked to submit your first and last name, your Brown email address, and a Unique ID. For the unique ID portion of the form, enter your Brown username. After filling out this information, create a username & password specifically for Agent of Change which will allow you to come back to the module at any time.
After the form has been submitted, you will now have access to Agent of Change. If you have any questions, please send an email to Orientation@brown.edu.
We want to remind you that the program is interactive and scenario-based. It is designed to reflect realistic situations and provides opportunities to challenge the attitudes and behaviors that often support and facilitate abuse and violence. Because it is realistic, we want to acknowledge up front that the program contains strong language related to victim-blaming, racism and homophobia. In addition, we recognize that the body types of the female identified characters do not represent the true range of healthy body sizes.
We recognize that many people have experienced sexual violence. If it would be difficult for you to complete this module, please email Orientation@Brown.edu stating that you would like to speak with someone, and leave a number at which you can be reached. A member of the Orientation Planning Committee will be in touch.
Thank you for being an important part of keeping Brown's campus safe and supportive for everyone.
The Orientation Planning Committee
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