Diversity and Inclusion

As a department, we have made it our mission to create and sustain a diverse and inclusive environment in which all students, faculty, and staff can thrive.

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Resources

If You Need Help:

If you have an emergency that needs immediate attention contact the Department of Public Safety at 401-863-4111. For any other incidents that you would like addressed you can complete the Incident Report Form, reach out to the Staff Diversity Liaison Laura Dobler, laura_dobler@brown.edu 401-863-7611 directly, or attend one of the Student Advocates' office hours.

Academic Support and Tutoring:

Dean of the College (DOC) - Addresses academic concerns
Curricular Resource Center (CRC) - Address independent concentrations, gap years, leave-taking, DUGs, fellowships, internships and research
Science Center - Provides tutoring for STEM courses during the year
Advising Sidekick - a common on-line space for students and advisors that includes advising materials, information about the Writing Requirement, email announcements, and the Concentration declaration process.
Math Resource Center - Provides tutoring for math courses during the year
 

Emergency Contacts:

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) (401) 863 4111 - Physical evaluations, hospital transports, medical emergencies
Dean of Student Life (401) 863-3145 - Addresses academic and personal emergencies during business hours
Administrator on Call (AOC) (401) 863-3322 - Addresses academic and personal emergencies on Evenings and Weekends
Sexual Assault Response Line (401) 863-6000 - Immediate support in conjunction with DPS, EMS and CAPS (confidential)

 

Resource Centers:

Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America

The Center for the Study of Race Ethnicity at Brown is an interdisciplinary program that develops and promotes research and programs on Race and Ethnicity. The Center also supports the Ethnic Studies concentration and curriculum.

First Generation College Students

While the term first generation college student is defined as a student whose parents did not complete a four-year college education, at Brown we encourage students to think of the term more broadly. Any student who self-identifies as having minimal prior exposure to or knowledge of experiences like those at Brown may be considered a First Generation student and may find additional resources, such as those provided by the First Generation College Student Initiative, helpful during their time at Brown.

The First Generation College Student Initiative is a collaboration of the Division of Campus Life & Student Services, the Office of the Dean of the College, and a student leadership group. We provide both academic and social opportunities, and our programs are open to anyone who feels they may be helpful.

Rites and Reason (Theatre program)

The mission of Rites and Reason is to develop new works for the American Stage, which analyze and articulate the phenomenal and universal odyssey of the African Diaspora. Over the years, the mission has grown to embrace the expression of other cultural experiences.

Pembroke Center

The Pembroke Center was established in 1981 as a research center on gender. Funded in its early years by the Ford Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Rockefeller Foundation, the Center now supports its programs largely through its endowment, made possible by generous alumnae and other donors.

Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs

The Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs is responsible for the recruitment, selection, education, successful academic progression, and graduation of minority students from Alpert Medical School, and raising awareness about cultural competency and diversity.

Sarah Doyle Women’s Center

The SDWC welcomes those interested in the multiple issues around gender and the intersections of gender with other markers of identity. The Center offers a variety of services and programs, as well as meeting space for University and community groups.

Brown Center for Students of Color (BCSC)

The BCSC at Brown University, created in 1976, was designed to serve the interests and meet the needs of all Third World students and to promote racial and ethnic pluralism in the Brown community. The director of TWC holds an appointment as an assistant dean of the college and supports the academic needs of students of color.

The LGBTQ Resource Center

The LGBTQ Center provides a comprehensive range of education, information and advocacy services on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer issues and works to create and maintain an open, safe and inclusive environment for LGBTQ students, faculty, and staff at Brown. The Center advises LGBTQ student groups and oversees LGBTQ programs such as the Safe Zone Ally Program, the Renn Mentoring Program, as well as the planning and implementation of social, cultural and educational programs planned by students during National Coming Out Week in October and Pride Month in April.

Brown Hillel

As the largest student organization on campus, Hillel offers performing artists, lectures, Jewish learning, symposiums, community action projects, Israel study, and a safe place for students to be Jewish. The foundation looks to sustain a vibrant Jewish community.

Housing Options

The Office of Residential Life is responsible for maintaining student residences which support the educational mission of Brown University and are designed to provide a variety of learning opportunities that promote students' academic endeavors, and which encourage their growth and development. The Office of Residential Life at Brown recognizes that learning is not solely academic in nature. A large part of learning inevitably takes place outside the classroom. We are committed to supporting that learning through the residential experiences we provide. At Brown, we recognize that personal growth and development are largely the result of student interactions within an extraordinarily diverse environment of people and programs. The Office of Residential Life is committed to providing students with a safe, comfortable and well-maintained living space in an academically enriching environment.

Veterans

The Office of Student Veterans and Commissioning Programs is a campus resource for student veterans, whether of the United States military or military service in other countries, and for students interesting in military officer commissioning programs, including ROTC.

International Students

International student resources and advising are provided by a variety of campus offices.  The International Student Resources page provides a comprehensive set of links and information to these services.

Student Organizations

There are several student organizations at Brown addressing the many facets of diversity. They include Arab-American Students Anti-Discrimination Coalition, Asian American Students Association, The Brotherhood, Brown Christian Fellowship, Brown International Organization, Brown Organization of Multiracial and Biracial Students, Brown Sistas United, Brown Taiwan Society, Cape Verdean Students Association, Brown Chinese Students and Scholars Association, El Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Atzlan, La Federacion de Estiadiantes Puertorriquenos, Filipino Alliance, Friends of Turkey, Hong Kong Students Association, Japanese Culture Association, Korean American Students Association, Latin American Students Association, Queer Alliance, Muslim Student Association, Organization of United African Peoples, Pakistani Students at Brown, South Asian Students Association, Students of Caribbean Ancestry, and the Young Communist League.

 

Student Support:

Student and Employee Accessibility Services

Student and Employee Accessibility Services coordinates services and accommodations for students, faculty and staff with physical, psychological, sensory, and learning disabilities. SEAS is also available for consultation with Brown community members who are questioning whether they may have a disability, have questions about working with someone who has a disability, or have a temporary condition that may require accommodations or services.

Counseling and Psychological Services

All of Brown’s Counseling and Psychological Services clinicians are required to have experience in working with students from diverse backgrounds. The office provides ongoing programming for students on topics, including ethnic and racial identity, hate crimes in Asian American communities, psychological barriers to self-esteem and intimacy in the LGBTA community, and group sessions on culture consciousness.

University Health Services

Working with a wide range of individual and student organizations, University Health Services is dedicated to the promotion of healthy lifestyles. Programs range from sexual health to relaxation techniques, from eating disorders to domestic abuse.

Dining Services

Dining Services offers Kosher and Halal meal plan options for observant Jewish and Muslim students, served in a separate section of the Refectory. This enables students to adhere to dietary laws while also dining with friends.

Chaplains and Religious Life

The Office of the Chaplains and Religious Life works collaboratively with nearly two-dozen student organizations, spanning the breadth of Brown’s religious diversity and involving more than 40% of the student population. The office cares for and responds to the broad pastoral needs of Brown’s faculty, staff and students.

Brown University Ombuds Office

The Ombudsperson , Ruthy Kohorn Rosenberg, can offer assistance when you are looking to:

Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion

Vice President for Academic Development, Diversity and Inclusion, Liza Cariaga-Lo

Title IX Office

Title IX Oversight and Advisory Board- Amanda Walsh Title IX officer for Ugrad affairs