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Brown Women's Network: Learning, Connecting, Belonging

Winter 2021 Newsletter

In this issue:

Women’s Voices Amplified podcast | Alumnae in the news | 130 Years of Women at Brown | Student spotlight | Recent & upcoming events | University resources

Women’s Voices Amplified podcast with writer, producer, and actor Miranda ADEkoje ’04

Women's Voices Amplified. Valerie Tutson ’87 AM’90. Storyteller, Educator, Singer. On African and African-American traditions, the current civil rights movement, and the importance of education

19-minute listen available now on  Spotify, Stitcher, Soundcloud, Youtube, Apple Podcasts, or Amazon.

“I feel like my voice is the most authentic as it’s been, because I’m not writing for the sake of being produced anymore. I’m not writing hoping someone will say, ‘Oh, this is good enough.’ I’m just writing.”

In the latest episode of the Women’s Voices Amplified podcast, ADEkoje discusses producing art amidst the pandemic, the political relevance of her work, and how Brown’s Open Curriculum empowered her to construct her own career path.

Inspiring alumnae in a range of fields are interviewed for the Women’s Voices Amplified podcast series from the Brown Women’s Network. The views expressed in this podcast do not necessarily represent those of the University.

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Want to hear more? Let us know! Take two minutes to fill out this quick survey about the Women’s Voices Amplified podcast series.

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STAY TUNED: The next episode of Women’s Voices Amplified featuring entrepreneur Jennifer Gomez ’08 is coming in the new year.

Brown women in the news

Hats off to these remarkable alumnae! The BWN salutes the following women for making headlines and creating positive change in their respective industries.

Naia Cucukov ’04

Executive producer Naia Cucukov ’04 is reigniting childhood memories one episode at a time with the critically acclaimed series “The Baby-Sitter’s Club.” The second season premiered October 11 on Netflix, and the show has been nominated for seven Daytime Emmys, including a personal nomination for Cucukov as executive producer for Best Children’s Program. Last fall, “A Baby-Sitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting” — a film that Cucukov produced — also premiered on Netflix, and was partially set in a fictionalized model of Brown’s campus.

Asha Owens ’16

On a mission to close the gap in college graduation rates for first-generation, underrepresented minority, and low-income students, Asha Owens ’16 founded BestFit, a decision-making tool to help students fully understand how school choice can impact outcomes. Owens was recently selected to the Google for Startups program, which is focused on high-potential startups from Black entrepreneurs based in the U.S.

Tiffany Zabludowicz ’14

Curator Tiffany Zabludowicz ’14 is changing the New York art scene with a rotating program of exhibitions and performances taking place in vacant office spaces in and around Times Square. Zabludowicz’s non-profit artist residency Times Square Space has placed a multitude of pioneering contemporary artists in studios in the square.

Tiffany Nichole Greene MFA’11

If you had a chance to catch the touring production of the hit musical “Hamilton,” you got a live glimpse of the work of director Tiffany Nichole Greene MFA'11. Currently an associate professor of theater with the Boston Conservatory, Greene’s upcoming projects include “Angels in America” (Pittsburgh Playhouse), “Nina Simone: Four Women” (Arizona Theatre Company), and the world premiere of “High School Play: A Nostalgia Fest” (Alley Theater).

Reflecting on 130 Years of Women at Brown

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As part of this year’s anniversary of 130 years of women at Brown, members of the Brown community have submitted videos and quotes to reflect on what this milestone year means to them.

“Women have powerfully contributed to the progress and advancement of Brown University for 130 years. There is no question that women will continue to lead and innovate within the Brown community, in our nation, and in the world. I’m thrilled that we are celebrating the outstanding achievements of women in our community.”

–President Christina H. Paxson

Share your own reflection or celebration of a Brunonian woman.

Student Spotlight: Katie Yetter ’21.5

Katie Yetter ’21.5

Former U.S. Marine Corps sergeant Katie Yetter ’21.5 now participates in The Veterans Project, a partnership between Brown University and The Wheeler School that aims to help high school students better understand all aspects of the military: why people join, what it’s like to serve overseas, and how one copes with conflict experiences.

Winter Reads

As the temperatures get colder, get cozy with a cup of cocoa and a good book! Here’s a listing of some perfect winter reads by alumnae and faculty authors.

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  • “To Have Not” by Frances Lefkowitz ’84
  • “The Longest Match: Rallying to Defeat an Eating Disorder in Midlife” by Betsy Brenner ’85
  • “The Evening Hero” by Marie Myung-Ok Lee ’86
  • “Debating Darcy” by Sayantani DasGupta ’92
  • “That Sounds So Good” by Carla Lalli Music ’94
  • “The Man Who Hated Women” by Amy Sohn ’95
  • “Olga Dies Dreaming” by Xóchitl González ’99
  • “What Kind of Girl?” by Caroline Kautsire AM’09
  • “Sites of the Ascetic Self” by Niki K. Clements PhD’14
  • “What Noise Against the Cane” by Desiree C. Bailey MFA’15
  • “My Beautiful Black Hair: 101 Natural Hair Stories from the Sisterhood” by St. Clair Detrick-Jules ’17
  • “The Succeeders: How Immigrant Youth Are Transforming What It Means to Belong in America” by professor Andrea Flores

WLP mentors and mentees: We want your stories!

Tiffany Nichole Greene MFA’11The Women’s Launch Pad program is recognizing the amazing connections current mentors and mentees have made with one another. We invite you to share the details of your experiences in the program and describe how your mentoring relationship has impacted you.

We’d like to share your stories on social media as soon as possible, so please take a minute or two to pass them along to us.

Upcoming Events

January 13, 2022, 3:00-4:00 pm ET | Register

Charlene Wang ’20 discusses her recent book, “Model Breakers: Breaking Through Stereotypes and Embracing Your Authenticity,” and explores the intersection of self-awareness, identity, and minority stories.

January 24, 2022, 5:30–6:30 pm ET | Register

Climate change and sustainability leaders discuss their work and offer students and young alumnae an opportunity to ask questions and connect.

February 28, 2022, 5:30–6:30 pm ET | Register

Policy leaders discuss their work and offer students and young alumnae an opportunity to ask questions and connect.

Recent events and activities

The Brown Women’s Network has pivoted from regionally-based, in-person events to virtual ones during the COVID-19 pandemic. A number of events and new virtual programming series have emerged, some of which are available below as recordings.

Women’s Launch Pad Alumnae Speaker Panel — Never Stop Learning: Inspiring Impact & Leading the Next Generation | Watch the recording

This virtual panel featured Brown alumnae discussing how they’re navigating their careers at various levels in higher education.

Faculty Spotlight with Professor Nadje Al-Ali | Watch the recording

Professor Al-Ali discussed research on feminist activism and gendered mobilization with a focus on Iraq, Egypt, Lebanon, Turkey, and the Kurdish political movement.

Industry Night: Public Health | Watch the recording

This virtual networking event for current students, recent alumnae, and those starting new careers featured five alumnae and faculty panelists involved with public health. *Note: Industry Night events feature interactive breakout discussions but the recording does not include that portion.

Women in Washington: Leading in Times of Crisis | Watch the recording

Senior leaders in the Biden administration explored the role of women in government and how they are navigating civil rights, education, and labor challenges during times of change, uncertainty, and intense political division.

Documentary Discussion With Transgender Activist and Patent Litigator DJ Healey ’82 | Recording coming soon

DJ Healey ’82 discussed her journey from Brown as David J. Healey to coming out as a transgender woman in 2017 in Sugar Land, Texas as Danielle Joy Healey. The Brown Women's Network co-sponsored this event with the Brown Club of Houston.

Perfect Storm: Women, Work, and the COVID-19 Pandemic | Recording coming soon

This virtual panel event covered the fault lines that COVID laid bare about women, labor, class, and justice and how our society can move toward solutions to the longstanding inequities that put women at risk. This event was presented by the Friends of the Pembroke Center and the Pembroke Center Advisory Council and co-sponsored by the Brown Women’s Network.

Other Resources

Anti-Black Racism and Social Justice

  • Returning for a second year, Brown scholars shed light on the enduring effects of racism in America in the “Race &” panel discussion series hosted by the Office of the Provost and the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America.

Health and Wellness

  • A team of Brown students has worked to develop and launch a new free app called Youphoria to help college students with mental health and wellness. The general idea of the app is that users can post whenever they complete an activity that benefits their wellness, allowing them to earn points and move up on a leaderboard, motivating each other to keep good mental and physical habits.

Recent Graduates

  • Check out this quick list of senior and recent grad resources.
  • Questions? Reach out to
  • If you didn't have a chance to attend the most recent event in the Fresh Out the Gates series, watch the recording as alumnae career coaches talk about making an impression, leveraging your early career (and college) experience, and being a confident job candidate. The Fresh Out the Gates series is designed specifically for the needs and interests of recent Brown graduates and soon-to-be-graduates and inspired by direct feedback from alumni and members of the Brown Community.

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