Current Status Report - September 2011
Text in red denotes new activity since previous status report.

Address issues of diversity within the curriculum and in extracurricular programs, and place diversity at the center of campus life

Action Taken

  • Allocated funding to develop a pilot project in this area
  • Completed a year-long Curriculum Transformation Workshop in which social science and humanities faculty were encouraged to rethink and redesign introductory courses in light of diversity issues
  • Completed the second Curriculum Transformation Workshop, which focused on pedagogical issues and diversity of learning styles, especially in the sciences
  • Completed a review of Third World Transition Program
  • Planned the Campus Conversation Series lectures, which focus on creating conversation about diverse ideas
  • Submitted a proposal to fund a new course on difficult dialogues
  • Funded and filled the first Muslim chaplain position
  • Improved diversity staffing and programming in residence halls
  • Hosted inaugural Sports in Society colloquium: “Changing the Landscape of Women’s Athletics”
  • Introduced new diversity training: “Valuing Differences”
  • Improved sexual harassment awareness and prevention training
  • Appointed dean for diversity programs in Dean of College Office
  • Received the Judge George Alexander Teitz Award from the Touro Synagogue Foundation for Brown’s Interfaith House in recognition of its commitment to the ideals of religious and ethnic tolerance and freedom
  • Hosted medical conference entitled The Color of Medicine: Eliminating Health Disparities through Education, Prevention, and Advocacy
  • Awarded funds to four students in the Medical School through the Diversity Scholars Program
  • Established Early Start Program for incoming graduate students enabling a summer laboratory rotation and other skill training
  • Hosted a library career day for Providence high school students to orient them to how technology influences library services and introduce them to the range of professional opportunities a research library has to offer
  • Continued the support of Sports and Society colloquia, including Race and Sport in America and The Role of the Media in the Public Perception of Sport
  • Established directed programming to support undergraduates who are first generation in their family to attend college
  • Developed stronger connections between the advising programs in the Office of the Dean of the College and the Third World Center with expanded staffing in the TWC
  • Created and filled new position of Associate Director of Diversity Initiatives in the Third World Center
  • Increased faculty involvement in the development of Third World Center programs, including new curricula for TWTP and MPC training
  • Initiated luncheon series to connect Black and Latino male students with Black and Latino male faculty members
  • Expanded Third World Center staffing from three to five, including a new Assistant Director for Diversity Initiatives
  • Enhanced services to and established a webpage that centralizes information about resources for Transgender students at Brown
  • Coordinated series of programs and enhanced services in response to heightened national attention to issues facing LGBTQ youth, resulting in decision to increase program funding and staffing in the LGBTQ Center
  • Hired new Director of the Third World Center and Assistant Dean of the College to start July 2011
  • Established and endowed annual Mary Interlandi Lecture series as a curricular and co-curricular collaboration in the area of contemplative studies
  • Launched ‘Catalyzing conversations’ initiative that promoted engagement around topics of interest to a diverse community
  • Completed a workshop and lecture event on topic of religious literacy in fall 2010
  • Completed a workshop and lecture event around topic of educational equity in spring 2011
  • Reviewed programs and series for international students and began to improve the support and resources we offer

Action Needed

  • Assess effectiveness of programs and seek ongoing funding as appropriate
  • Continue to implement recommendations for improving the Diversity Perspectives course designation
  • Conduct workshop with Faculty on the diversity perspectives included in the curriculum


  • Dean of the College
  • Associate Provost and Director of Institutional Diversity
  • Vice President for Campus Life and Student Services

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