History

In 2003, Brown University President Ruth Simmons appointed a Steering Committee on Slavery and Justice (SCSJ). The SCSJ, which included faculty members, undergraduate and graduate students, and administrators, was charged to investigate and to prepare a report about the University's historical relationship to slavery and the transatlantic slave trade. It was also asked to organize public programs that might help the campus and the nation reflect on the meaning of this history in the present, on the complex historical, political, legal, and moral questions posed by any present-day confrontation with past injustice. The SCSJ presented its final report to President Simmons in October 2006. On February 24, 2007, the Brown Corporation endorsed a set of initiatives in response to the SCSJ's report.

The following links provide archival information about the SCSJ 's appointment, terms of reference, and activities: 

President's Letter Releasing the Report, 10-18-06
President's Letter to the Committee, 10-18-06
President's Charge to the Committee, 4-30-03
Chair's Letter to the Brown Community, 3-13-04
Op-Ed Column by Ruth J. Simmons, 4-28-04
University's Response to the Report of the Steering Committee on Slavery and Justice and Subsequent Actions
Undergraduate Research
University Steering Committee on Slavery and Justice 2004-2006
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