GSC Housing Webinar

Welcome and congratulations on your acceptance to Brown University! To help orient you to the housing market in Providence, RI and the surrounding areas, the Graduate Student Council (GSC) in collaboration with the Graduate School is hosting a Housing Webinar Monday, May 1, 2024 from 11:00 – 1:00 pm EST. In this webinar, a diverse panel of graduate students representing both Master’s and Ph.D. students will provide insights into the housing market and the resources available to you for finding a comfortable home.

Shape Note Singing Workshop

Shape Note Singing Workshop

Saturday, April 13, 3-5 pm

AS220 (115 Empire Street, Providence, RI)


Looking to join a welcoming community that shares your love of music? Join ours! You are invited to a free workshop about Shape Note Singing at on Saturday, April 13 from 3-5 pm in downtown Providence at AS220. This inclusive workshop celebrates the collective voice in four-part harmony. No experience needed, just a love of music and a spirit of fun. Snacks will be provided. All voices welcome!

If you can’t attend the workshop, please drop by our open singings every 1st, 3rd, and 5th Thursday of the month, 6-8 pm, at 148 Power Street. Reach out to with any questions!

GSC Tax Workshop

GSC is offering a Tax Workshop again this 2024 tax season for our domestic graduate students who are US citizens/permanent residents. Due to the budget limitations, we only have space for up to 75 students. Please RSVP here to request access to the workshop by Thursday, March 14th, 5pm. Once you RSVP, we will send out further instructions on how to access the workshop (first come, first serve basis). You will be asked to fill out a  feedback form after you complete the Tax Workshop. Please see more information on the workshop below:   
Description: Are you intimidated by the prospect of preparing your grad student tax return? Are you confused by the tax forms you received from your institution or funding agency – or the forms you didn’t? This workshop breaks down how to calculate your taxable income from your salary, stipend, fellowship, grant, and/or scholarships; minimize your tax liability using education tax benefits; and report your income, qualified education expenses, and estimated tax paid on your tax return. It also touches on the special tax situations that may apply to students under age 24 and/or who finished their bachelor’s degrees in 2023. The workshop is for US citizens, permanent residents, and residents for tax purposes.

Format: This is a largely asynchronous workshop. Upon registering, you will receive your login information over email. After logging in to the workshop, you can access the module videos, transcripts, and worksheets. There are also Q&A opportunities throughout tax season; the answers to all submitted questions are added to the workshop.

Bio: Dr. Emily Roberts is a personal finance educator specializing in early-career PhDs. Through her business, Personal Finance for PhDs, she equips graduate students, postdocs, and PhDs with “real jobs” to make the most of their money. She gives seminars at universities and for associations, interviews PhDs on her podcast, and creates courses and workshops on taxes, investing, and more. Emily holds a PhD in biomedical engineering from Duke University and lives in southern CA with her husband and two children.


Breakfast with GSC!

The Graduate Student Council is holding a series of breakfast events on the 4th Floor of the Horace Mann building. You can come for a casual chat with other graduate students in our amazing community, or even discuss any important topics, hang out with the GSC Chairs, and explore the space open for grads! 

TIME: 10-11 am 

PLACE: Horace Mann, 4th floor longe 

DATES: March 7, March 19, April 2, April 11, April 24, May 7

Summer Sway Social

Join the Graduate Student Council, the School of Professional Studies, and your fellow classmates to welcome our summer start graduate students to Providence and connect across programs.

There will be light food and non-alcoholic drink options served alongside local beers. The first 50 students will receive 2 free drink tickets.

The event will take place on Sunday, August 6 from 4-7pm at Narragansett Brewery.

Please bring a government-issued ID if you are 21+ and plan to consume alcohol at this event.

If you have questions or would like to request accommodations, you may email Morgan, Student Engagement Specialist, at:

RSVP using this link:

(Anti) Ableist Research in Public Health and Medicine

Time: 12:00pm – 1:30pm EDT

Date: April 28th, 2023

Location: Zoom

Events at Brown page


Join us for an interdisciplinary conversation between public health experts, disability activists, and scholars as they explore how ableism shapes the terrains of public health and medical research. The panelists will discuss which institutional barriers are obstructing disability equity, how disability interacts with race and gender, and why it’s time to adopt an anti-ableist research approach.
The late disability justice activist Stacey Milbern defined ableism as “a system of oppression that favors being able-bodied/able-minded at any cost, frequently at the expense of people with disabilities.” Note that one does not have to be disabled to experience ableism.

I also include some IG slides attached below and here is the alt text for them: 

“All 7 slides are blue and white, with yellow accents. In the top-middle of each, there is a Brown University crest with ‘School of Public Health’ written beside it. In the top-left corner, there are 4 people moving to the left with their fists raised. One is in a wheelchair and 2 are holding yellow flags. The circular logo of ‘Disability Justice as Public Health’ is in the top-right corner. It is made up of the disability pride flag colors (blue, yellow, green, black and red). In it, 3 hands hold up a yellow light bulb that has the DJAPH acronym inside. The text on the 7 slides reads: DJAPH presents, ‘Anti-ableist Research in Public Health and Medicine’. Friday, April 28th, 12:00-1:30pm EST on Zoom. Join us for an interdisciplinary conversation between public health experts, disability activists and scholars as they explore how ableism shapes the terrains of public health and medicine. Our speakers will discuss the institutional barriers to health equity, how disability interacts with race and gender, and why it’s time to adopt an anti-ableist research approach. Meet our panelists: Cyrena Gawuga (she/her) is the Director of Research at the Preparedness and Treatment Equity Coalition (PTEC). At PTEC, Cyrena facilitates the design and implementation of initiatives that reduce health inequity in the healthcare system, particularly for Black, Latinx, and Native American communities. She completed a Ph.D. in Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology at Brown University and serves as an advisory board member for organizations including the Lupus Foundation of America. Jen Soriano (she/they) is an award-winning writer, social movement strategist, and neurodivergent person living with mental illness and chronic pain. Jen’s forthcoming essay collection, Nervous: Essays on Heritage and Healing, explores how systems of oppression affect bodies over generations, and envisions a trauma-wise future of ecosocial well-being. She received a B.A. in History and Science from Harvard and an M.F.A. from the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University. White, disabled, and genderqueer, Eli Clare (he/him)is an award-winning writer, storyteller, and social justice educator. He has written two books of essays and a collection of poetry, as well as published in dozens of journals and anthologies. Since 2008, Eli has spoken at over 150 conferences, community events, and colleges; he currently serves on the Community Advisory Board for the Disability Project at the Transgender Law Center and is also a Disability Futures Fellow. Bonnielin Swenor (she/her) is an epidemiologist and associate professor at The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and holds joint appointments at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is the founder and director of the Johns Hopkins Disability Health Research Center, which aims to shift the paradigm from ‘living with a disability’ to ‘thriving with a disability’. Thank you to our co-sponsors: Advance-CTR; Disability Justice Student Initiative; Program in Science, Technology, and Society; Sarah Doyle Center for Women and Gender; School of Public Health Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. 

To register go to the link in our bio.