Stories and Responses to COVID-19

As President Paxson stated in early March 2019, “At this moment, community is everything. With most on-campus students heading home, events and gatherings being canceled, and many daily interactions moving online, maintaining a sense of who we are as a community at Brown is more important than ever.” And we are already doing just that.

Tune in every Sunday for our weekly update (sign up here), which will continue to feature opportunities for virtual office hours and virtual event updates, deadline reminders, funding opportunities and student, alumni, and faculty stories. We are also asking for your help! We want to learn about your creative ideas, your startups, your solutions on how we can stay connected. We will use Brown EP’s (our student club) inspiring hashtag #MakeItHappen, and we encourage you to use it as well.

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After Brown students returned home in March due to COVID-19 concerns, Chuck Isgar ‘21, Megan Kasselberg ‘20 and David Lu ‘20 came together to launch Intern From Home. These students recognized that early-stage startups might be restricted in hiring or having difficulty completing projects. This new program connects students to virtual internships. Learn more about this new program and how to get involved here.

Samanee Mahbub ’19, a former NCE Peer Entrepreneur-in-Residence, is hosting a webinar with our Mentoring Maven, Deb Mills-Scofield ’82 on Tuesday, March 24, 12:00 – 1:00 pm EDT). The focus of the session will be on job hunting in the coronavirus era. Click here to sign up for the zoom call!

Stuck at home with too much time? Want to learn new skills with no costs? Sign up with Time Spent, a social good venture that connects people who want to share their knowledge and time with no money involved. In the past, people have exchanged French conversation practice, singing lessons, fitness training, knitting lessons and much more! Because of the COVD-19 situation, new “transactions” will be held over Zoom. The time-commitment is however little or much as you want! Community is a large part of the mission and there will be monthly meet-ups over Zoom. Click here to join the movement!

Tom Scott ’89, co-founder of Nantucket Nectars, started the nantucket project, which help connect curious people to share meaning and impact lives, whether it is through their annual gathering, and now, their vitrual communities. Read a note from Tom to learn about their recent projects and offerings in response to COVID-19.

Join Jeremy Joachim ’17 ( for a webinar fon how to find jobs in the creative tech and design space Friday, March 27, 2020 at 3pm EDT (it will also be recorded). Jeremy’s career has been full of great surprises and great impact. Go to to sign up and add any questions you may want to ask during his talk!

COVID-19 NCE Updates

Brown University has taken precautionary measures as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including transitioning to online classes and canceling events, among other measures. The latest and most comprehensive information can be found at the following link:

Here at the Nelson Center, we are taking the following measures:

1. All events and meetings are being held virtually, postponed or have been canceled for the spring 2020 semester.

2. Access to the building will be limited to staff starting March 19, 2020 at 5:00 pm until further notice.

3. Nelson Center staff and affiliated mentors will continue to hold regular or scheduled office hours via Zoom and are still available via email, phone, and Slack. If you would like to join the Nelson Center Slack, email

If you haven’t already, we recommend signing up for our email newsletter, and following us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter to receive further updates. As we move more towards digital communication, our social media accounts will continue to be a way to engage with the Nelson Center.  

We appreciate your flexibility with this situation and take good care of yourselves!


The Nelson Center Team