BSA General Information

Brown Student Agencies History

Brown Student Agencies was incorporated on January 29, 1969 as a Rhode Island non-business corporation. The first president was Eric J. Natwig. According to the Articles of Incorporation, the purpose was to:

“Advance the education of the students at Brown University by affording opportunities for training and experience in administrative management, … [provide] students with additional opportunities to defray the expenses of their education and … inculcate in such students habits of work, thrift and self-reliance. “

In 1995, Ludwig Schulze ’96.5 and the BSA advisory board approved a plan to bring BSA into the University itself as part of the Brown Bookstore. In 2006-2007, after a proposal drafted by BSA members, BSA moved from the Bookstore to the Student Activities Office. BSA currently pays the SAO an annual fee for oversight, advising, and bookkeeping assistance.

The proposal that shifted BSA to the SAO outlined a revised mission for the twenty-first century:

“The Brown Student Agencies board could become a student resource for campus entrepreneurship efforts that could offer resources and services to support such efforts and advise and evaluate various programs … [and] also become a venue for identifying services for students on campus and engaging student leadership in the development and management of contracts.”

BSA is a specially-chartered student group that works in close collaboration with the Student Activities Office. As such, BSA offers a unique space in which student enterprise can occur without violating university policies or Brown's nonprofit status (http://www.brown.edu/Student_Services/Office_of_Student_Life/judicial_affairs/randr/policy/student_enterprise.html).

 

Summarizing the spirit of these mission statements, Brown Student Agencies’ goals are:

·       To provide students training and real-world experience in administrative management

·       To identify and provide useful services for students on campus and,

·       To become a resource and support system for student entrepreneurial efforts


Contact Information

Website: http://bsa.brown.edu                

Phone Number: (401) 863-2226              

Email: bsa@brown.edu                      

What are your hours?

Campus Center Information Desk: Weekdays - 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM, Weekends - 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Laundry room : open whenever Faunce is open

What is BSA?

Brown Student Agencies is a student-run organization within Brown that brings services and products to Brown students.

Where are you located?

The BSA laundry room is located at Faunce 035. Customer service questions should be directed to the Campus Center information desk at the front of Faunce. The BSA Office is Faunce 345

I’m interested in starting my own business, how can BSA help me?

We have the infrastructure, prime retail space, and financing to support great ideas! Please note that in keeping with Brown's status as a nonprofit institution, it is important that Brown students do not use Brown facilities and resources for their own profit -- BSA can help you implement your idea with appropriate compensation. For more information, please review the University Policy Concerning Student Enterprise (Student-Run Businesses).

Interested students should write up a business proposal and submit it to bsa@brown.edu