The MCB Graduate Program, the Division of Biology and Medicine, and the wider Brown University community all are fully committed to fostering and maintaining an educational environment that promotes success for trainees from all racial, ethnic and economic backgrounds.
Several organizations and initiatives at Brown support diversity in the life sciences and in the university community.
Biomed Initiative to Maximize Student Development (IMSD)
The goal of the Initiative to Maximize Student Development (IMSD) program, 'Advancing the Culture of PhD Learning and Scholarship in Biology and Health Science, is to double the number of URM pre-doctoral students within the Division of Biology and Medicine over the next four years. Striving to promote community, collaboration and excellence, the program develops a unique advising plan and support structure for each IMSD student throughout the training period.
Go to the IMSD site
The Brown chapter of the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/as and Native Americans in Science aims to support scientists to attain advanced degrees and careers and positions of leadership in science. SACNAS membership is open to all undergraduate and graduate students, post-docs and faculty of all cultural affiliations.
Go to the SACNAS@Brown site
Nabrit Black Graduate Student Association (BGSA)
Named in honor of biologist Samuel Nabrit, Brown's first African-American PhD recipient, the Nabrit Black Graduate Student Association (BGSA) works to enhance the intellectual growth, professional success, and social enjoyment of graduate students within the African Diaspora at Brown University. Membership is open to all Brown graduate students.
Go to the Nabrit BGSA site
The Leadership Alliance
The Leadership Alliance is an academic consortium of 33 institutions of higher learning, including leading research and teaching colleges and universities. The mission of the Leadership Alliance is to develop students from underrepresented groups into outstanding leaders and role models in academia, business and the public sector.
Go to the Leadership Alliance site
Student and Employee Accessibility Services (SEAS)
Brown provides extensive support for disabled individuals through the Office of Student and Employee Accessibility Services. Extensive improvements have been made to enhance the accessibility of all major buildings across campus. Most MCB trainees work in Sidney Frank Hall for the Life Sciences and the Laboratories for Molecular Medicine, newly constructed or renovated facilities with excellent accessibility features. Handicapped-accessible transportation between these facilities (and other destinations on campus) is coordinated by SEAS, which provides a shuttle service.
Go to the SEAS site
Advancing Rhode Island Science Education (ARISE)
ARISE is an NIH-funded professional development program for high school biology teachers in Rhode Island, has provided an opportunity for MCB students to contribute to science education at a number of local schools that serve large minority populations. The program is designed to promote inquiry-based approaches in high-school classrooms
Go to the ARISE site
Third World Center
The Third World Center 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.
Go to the Third World Center site
The Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity
The Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America at Brown University is an interdisciplinary program that develops and promotes research and programs on race and ethnicity.
Go to the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity