The Third World Center (TWC, the Center) seeks to provide students at Brown University a variety of opportunities to engage in the academic endeavors of the University and to integrate their curricular and co-curricular interests. Accordingly, the Center’s mission is fourfold:
- To provide an environment in which Arab, Asian, Black, Latino, Multiracial, and Native American students can feel comfortable celebrating their cultural heritages.
- To provide a base from which Third World students can have an impact as a community at Brown.
- To expand the social awareness of the University community with regards to current issues involving the status of Third World people at Brown University and in society at large.
- To equip students with life-long skills to aid them as they navigate their journey at Brown and beyond.
The overarching purpose of the Center is to make significant contributions to the personal and intellectual growth of students at Brown.
The core functions of the Third World Center are to:
- Serve as a source of support for American minorities and International students.
- Build a sense of community and University ownership among incoming students.
- Expose the campus community to issues of race, ethnicity, class, gender, differing abilities, heterosexism and homophobia through different modes of media and presentation.
- Cultivate civil and responsible student leadership.
- Provide students with past history and understanding of Third World student activism at Brown.
- Increase opportunities for students to interact with faculty outside of the classroom.
- Assure student access to curricular and co-curricular resources on campus.
- Provide academic advising.
- Implement the Third World Transition Program.
- Implement the Minority Peer Counselor Program.
- Implement the Minority Peer Counselor Friend Program.
- Hold orientations, open houses and training programs for current students, prospective students and their families.
- Implement the 5 designated cultural series
The Center is a proponent of cross-cultural understanding. By way of an orientation of all student staff, we instill the value of the study and exploration of race, ethnicity, class, gender and sexual orientation as a mode by which students can better understand themselves as well as the world around them. The student staff gain exposure public speaking and writing skills, and research topics related to the -isms. Such exposure is also amplified via the Third World Transition Program, a pre-orientation journey of self-definition, cross cultural understanding and community building for incoming first year students.
The Center attempts to prepare students with the skills to live and work in global context. It provides guidance and services to all students with a focus on the American minority experience.