Good morning, first-year advisors and Meiklejohns. We know that the last few weeks have been challenging for many in our community, including ourselves. With that in mind, we'd like to thank you for your support of Brown's newest community members.
Thanksgiving break begins next Wednesday at 12 p.m., which means this is the last time you'll hear from us until December. As a reminder, if you have any advisees who plan to stay on campus throughout the break, please let them know that the Sharpe Refectory will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thanksgiving and from 10:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. for the rest of break.
If you haven't already, you may wish to schedule a meal with your advisees before the end of this semester. For lunch at the Faculty Club, simply call the Faculty Club (x3-3023) to reserve a table and mention that you're with the First-Year DOC Advising Program. They'll bill our office directly. You are also welcome to dine at a local restaurant or even in your own home. The DOC will reimburse you for up to $10 a person. Simply submit a receipt and this form to Heather_Shalvey@brown.edu
If you have additional suggestions for connecting with your advisees or would like to submit another question or anecdote, please do so here.
We hope everyone has a restful weekend and a happy and healthy holiday.
Yolanda Rome and Carol Cohen
Dear first-year advisors and Meiklejohns,
We hope that all of your advisees were able to pre-register for spring semester courses. Students who did not register by 5:00 pm on November 10 will need to wait until the first day of classes in January to do so.
Last week, we responded to a question regarding students'
general wellness habits. This week we wanted to focus on the resources
available to students who encounter particularly difficult obstacles. If any of
your advisees seem especially stressed or are behaving in ways that otherwise
concern you, know there are ample resources for consultation and support,
starting with the Deans of the College. You may refer a student directly or
seek consultation with the DOC,
of Student Life, or Counseling
and Psychological Services (CAPS), depending on the situation. A full
listing of campus resources is available here.
We also wanted to bring your attention to Health Promotion's page on Sexual Assault and Dating Violence. In addition to providing salient statistics and information, the site includes on- and off-campus resources available to students affected by sexual assault, including a university hotline for confidential help (x3-6000) and an off-campus hotline for support (1-800-494-8100). Please note that advisors and Meiklejohns are required to report any situation relayed to them, including the names of those involved, that they judge as potentially harmful for any student or to the Brown community at large.
As always, thank you for the support you offer our
first-years. If anyone has questions or advice to share with your fellow
advisors, please submit them here.
All the best,
Yolanda Rome and Carol Cohen
Learning never happens in isolation, and the quality of your experience at Brown will depend on your ability to collaborate fully with others: with teachers, with fellow students, with advisors and mentors of all kinds. The Advising Partnership is thus a necessary complement to the Brown curriculum. Be as bold in seeking guidance as you are in pursuing your educational aspirations. Begin developing your network of collaborators early, and work to stay connected with those teachers, advisors, and peers who have meant the most to you. Visit office hours not just to expand your understanding of course material, but to get to know your teachers as people. Reach out to faculty at other events, or over lunch or coffee. Work on research projects or independent studies with professors whose interests match your own. And make use of the many offices and centers that can support you in reaching your academic goals. By taking charge of your education in this way, you will enrich your teachers' and mentors' understanding as much as you will expand your own capacity to learn, not just here at Brown, but in many other environments, and for many years to come.
Available through Psychological Services" on-call system. The on-call counselor provides confidential crisis support and information and is available to accompany a victim to the hospital.
Confidential services include support for a survivor or the friends of a survivor, help filing a complaint (if that is the student"s choice), and educational programs for the student community.
Confidential consultation for faculty, staff, and students provided by the Dean for Issues of Chemical Dependency.