As part of our Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan, the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity will continue its weekly D&I professional development series with a new line-up of sessions beginning on March 4 through April 1st, 2020. Participants will learn concepts, skills and effective approaches to engaging thoughtfully in a diverse, equitable, and inclusive academic community.

Registration is required for each session and seating is limited so please register early. Sessions will be announced on Today @Brown and registration will open immediately following the announcement. Each week, a lunch menu will be specially designed and curated by a member of our dining staff. Each menu will reflect the cultural backgrounds and culinary talents of our dining staff colleagues.


Dates:             Every Wednesday from March 4th through April 1st, 2020

Time:              Noon to 1:00 pm

Where:          Chancellors Dining Room in the Sharpe Refectory (The Ratty)

Contact:        Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity 401-863-2216, [email protected]






March 4, 2020

The Process for Establishing Phase II of the Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan

The DIAP was launched in 2016 and we continue to work towards reaching our stated goals. The original University DIAP states, "We have chosen to focus on a relatively small number of areas that we believe will have the biggest immediate impact on our community, with the expectation that, as time goes by and we learn from experience, more actions will be needed."  The DIAP Phase II process, under the leadership of OIED, is an opportunity to reflect on what has been done and identify areas of improvement. This session will highlight some of the data from the climate survey on the DIAP and walk attendees through the process of DIAP Phase II.  

Registration closed.

Ryan Davis, Associate Vice President for Institutional Equity & Diversity, Office of Institutional Equity & Diversity



March 11, 2020

Understanding the Social, Legal, and Medical Aspects of Gender Transition

In this session, participants will explore the social, legal, and medical considerations associated with a gender transition, which some people who identify as transgender choose to pursue. This workshop is intended for participants who have a baseline knowledge of topics related to transgender identity, such as the appropriate use of pronouns. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage in nuanced conversations around such questions as, “What if I make a mistake with someone’s pronouns?” or “How can I be supportive, but not intrusive?” 

Registration closed.

Jayden Thai, Ph.D., Psychologist, Counseling and Psychology Services (CAPS)


April 21, 2020

Furthering the Work of Equity & Inclusion as a Virtual Community

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As the uncertainty with COVID-19 continues, members of our community may feel inundated with images and messages that may challenge our sense of belonging.  Brown’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is unwavering in this challenging time. Each member of the Brown community has a responsibility for and active role in fostering belonging in our campus-based community and our virtual spaces for teaching, learning, working and social connection.  Join the staff of the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity in a conversation on current and ongoing strategic efforts to further Brown’s commitment to inclusive excellence. The session will provide information on how to access resources to address bias, discrimination, harassment, and sexual violence along with an overview of tips and strategies to support diversity and inclusion in our virtual meetings, classrooms, and conversations.

Registration closed.

Lawrence Angelo, Institutional Equity Officer; Shay Collins, Director of Institutional Equity and Community Engagement; Rene Davis, Title IX Program Officer; and Chloe Poston, Director of Strategic Initiatives.