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Public health officials and the University both stress that community members follow public health guidelines, amidst increasing positive rates of COVID-19 cases reported nationwide.

University News

On-campus procedures and guidelines for the spring semester

January 19, 2021 0 comments

At the outset of the spring semester, public health officials and the University both maintain the importance of adhering to public health guidelines, as January marks the greatest number of positive COVID-19 cases reported yet on a national level.

Volunteer groups reflect on adapting service work to pandemic

Metro, University News

Volunteer groups reflect on adapting service work to pandemic

January 19, 2021 0 comments

While the pandemic forced University and local service organizations to limit in-person outreach and work, the needs of those they serve have only grown as Rhode Island battles economic and public health crises. 

University student groups and faculty reflect on President-elect Joe Biden’s cabinet, which the Senate began confirming Tuesday.

Metro

Students, faculty analyze what Biden’s cabinet means for America

January 19, 2021 0 comments

The Senate began confirmation hearings for President-elect Joe Biden’s cabinet Jan. 19, ushering in the new Biden administration and a cabinet set to be the most diverse in American history. Half of the 26 nominees to the cabinet are people of color and 12 are women.

First-years tuned into Paxson's virtual address, which officially welcomed them to the Brown community.

University News

Paxson addresses vaccines, political polarization, sustainability in President’s Welcome

January 18, 2021 1 comment

In her Jan. 13 President’s Welcome to the Class of 2024, President Christina Paxson P’19 greeted the class of first-years beginning their first official semester at the University, while also addressing concerns surrounding public health, community engagement and recent political turmoil. Similar to the convocation keynote address held in fall […]

Somerson studied at RISD as an undergraduate in the 1970s, before co-founding and heading the Furniture Design program in the 1990s.

University News

RISD President Rosanne Somerson to retire

January 14, 2021 0 comments

Rhode Island School of Design President Rosanne Somerson will retire at the end of the academic year after serving five years in office, the school’s Board of Trustees announced in an email to the RISD community Dec. 22. “For over three decades, President Somerson has been an influential leader and […]

University faculty discussed the significance of the Jan. 6 Capital insurrection and the potential implications for the incoming Biden administration, as well as matters that will be at the forefront of the administration’s efforts.

Metro, University News

‘A historic moment in time for this democracy’: Watson inauguration talk shifts focus to Capitol riots

January 14, 2021 0 comments

“The Biden Administration: What to Expect,” a virtual panel held by the Taubman Center for American Politics and Policy on Jan. 12., initially aimed to present a “wide-ranging analysis and discussion of the potential policy and politics of the incoming administration.”

Graduate Labor Organization ratified its first contract with the University and appointed its first executive board last year.

University News

Graduate students raise concerns over union transparency, communication

January 12, 2021 1 comment

When Igor Cerasa GS joined the Graduate Labor Organization, a student employee union that advocates for graduate workers’ needs and protections, he was optimistic.

While “small, in-person departmental gatherings” could still occur, the class of 2021 will graduate with a virtual ceremony.

University News

RISD cancels in-person commencement

January 11, 2021 0 comments

The Rhode Island School of Design canceled in-person commencement for the class of 2021, citing uncertainty around the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to an email from President Rosanne Somerson to the student body Monday morning.

If Gov. Raimondo’s nomination to Biden’s cabinet is confirmed by the Senate, her vacancy will be filled by Lt. Gov. Dan McKee.

Metro

Brown political community reacts to Raimondo commerce nomination

January 11, 2021 0 comments

President-elect Joe Biden has officially tapped Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo for Commerce Secretary, calling her “one of the most effective, forward-thinking governors in America.” Raimondo’s nomination coincides with an economic crisis, which has caused 22 million Americans to lose their jobs due to the pandemic. 

If Cicillene's article results in the passage of a resolution to impeach, Trump would become the first president in American history to be impeached twice.

Metro

RI Rep. Cicilline ’83 leads effort to impeach Trump in U.S. House of Representatives

January 9, 2021 0 comments

U.S. Rep. David Cicilline ’83 of Rhode Island has co-authored an article of impeachment against President Trump in light of the pro-Trump insurrection at the U.S. Capitol Wednesday.