After discussing our readings and how we felt about yesterday, we were told that we were going to be walking around campus. I was glad that we were going to be walking because I wanted to reach my goal of 20,000 steps. Sadly, I only made it to 18,000 but hopefully before I leave I’m able to accomplish that. Sitting still also makes me become drowsy and I can’t concentrate or focus as well as if I was walking or standing. For our walk around campus we were going to be touring some very important historical sites, as well as resource centers on campus.
Next was a memorial of a chain statue. The memorial recognizes Brown’s connection to the trans-Atlantic slave trade and the work of Africans and African Americans who were enslaved and free. These individuals helped build the university, Rhode Island, and the Nation. In 2001 Brown’s president at the time, Ruth J. Simmons began a study of this piece of the university’s antiquity. In the eighteenth century, slavery filled every aspect of social and financial life in Rhode Island. Locals conquered the North American share of the African slave trade beginning over a thousand slaving voyages in the century before the abolition of the trade in 1808. I really appreciated that Brown acknowledges the people who helped make Brown what it is today instead of feeling guilty about it.
|At the LGBTQ Center.|
|My custom made buttons!|
|Before we played the game.|
After working on our action plans for an hour we then headed over to the “FliCenter”. This center is also called the First-Generation College and Low-Income Student Center and is a public academic and social space for members of Brown University who identify with first-generation and low-income student experience. In providing a devoted space that confirms individuals’ intersectional identities, the FLiCenter contributes to the success of the first-generation college and low-income students at Brown.
Learning about these places made me feel confident that Brown is such a welcoming place, where there is plenty of support if you need it. I think that Brown is a great place to study at for so many people. The school provides so many resources for students that it shouldn’t be a problem transitioning there and being a successful student.