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Residential Peer Leader


Serving as an RPL is a privilege that enriches and enhances the overall Brown undergraduate experience for a select group of students each year. RPLs receive specialized training in: advising, counseling, crisis management, personal identity, programming, and event planning among other areas. Our program’s team approach allows for students to build collaboration, communication, decision-making and problem-solving skills that can prove valuable in other settings here at Brown and beyond. 

What do they do:

First-Year Area RPLs


Residential Counselors (RCs):

RCs offer programming that supports departmental goals related to topics including but not limited to first year college transitions (e.g. homesickness, isolation, getting involved on campus, first generation, student support, conflict resolution, academic/curricular support).

Women Peer Counselors (WPCs):

WPCs offer programming that supports departmental goals related to topics including, but not limited to sexism, gender issues, contraception and safer sex, eating concerns, sexuality, relationships, assertiveness, sexual harassment and assault, and other matters impacting women on Brown’s campus.

Minority Peer Counselors (MPCs):

MPCs offer programming that support matters related to the student of color experience on topics including, but not limited to facilitation of campus-wide workshops on race and its intersections with class, gender, sexuality, and other social identities. This position is supervised by the Brown Center for Students of Color and the Office of Residential Life.


Upperclass RPLS


Community Assistants (CAs):

Sophomore residential communities offer programming that supports departmental goals related to academic development, identity exploration, and leadership development.

Junior/senior residential communities offer programming that helps students develop independent living skills, prepare for life after Brown, and begin to create a professional network.