Strengthening the curriculum to support the goals of Brown’s Pathways to Diversity and Inclusion action plan is one of six priority areas in the plan. Initiatives articulated in the plan focus on ensuring that students can thrive in their chosen fields of study, while providing opportunities to learn about diverse perspectives. 

The summary table below outlines the actions Brown has committed to in this area, building on the principle that the heart of the University is its curriculum. It identifies the responsible office(s) for implementation and provides updates on the progress of each initiative.

Progress on Action Steps

Curriculum
Action Responsible Unit Progress
Expand programs to catalyze achievement among students of color in the sciences

Office of the Dean of the College

The New Scientist Collective-Catalyst (NSC-Catalyst) and the New Scientist Peer-Advising and Leadership (NS-PAL) Programs were expanded and initiatives were launched in fall 2016. 

Updated: Feb 27, 2017

The Dean of the College has doubled the number of students served by the Catalyst program and provide more dedicated support for undergraduate students in the physical sciences and computer sciences. The expanded Catalyst Program is being implemented in August 2016.

Updated: Nov 30, 2016

As of summer 2016, the New Scientists’ summer program partnered with the Department of Computer Science to launch the New Scientist Catalyst-Mosaic+ pre-orientation program. The total number of students participating in this STEM focused program, was twice the size, in number, from previous years.

Updated: Aug 30, 2016

The expanded Catalyst program and Mosaic+ for incoming Computer Science students will be in place in Summer 2016. The Dean of the College will also provide expanded and sustained programming for the New Scientist Program to support HUG STEM students throughout their Brown experience.

Updated: Mar 16, 2016

The Dean of the College committed to double the number of students served by the Catalyst program, and to provide more dedicated support for undergraduate students in the physical sciences and computer sciences.

Updated: Jan 31, 2016
Double the number of first-year ad sophomore seminars related to issues of power, privilege, inequality, and social justice

Office of the Dean of the College

Plans are underway in the Office of the Dean of the College to support both First-Year Seminar and Sophomore Seminar that focus on power, privilege, and social justice, and assessment of both programs.

Updated: Feb 27, 2017

Dean of the College is actively working with faculty to develop sophomore seminars.

Updated: Nov 30, 2016

The determination has been made that there will be at least four new sophomore seminars and four new first-year seminars on diversity in 2016-17.

Updated: Mar 16, 2016

The Dean of the College made curriculum development funds available in 2015-16 and is conducting ongoing outreach to faculty.

Updated: Jan 31, 2016
Expand BrownConnect and UTRAs

Office of the Dean of the College

Work continues to expand BrownConnect. Undergraduate Teaching and Research Awards (UTRAs) have been expanded to provide more opportunities for Brown students to collaborate with Brown faculty on research and teaching projects during the summer or the academic year.  Team UTRAs have also been developed to expand team-based learning experiences for undergraduate students with specific outreach to HUG students, first and second year students and women in the STEM fields.  In addition, the Excellence in Research Mentoring Award will be launched this spring 2017 to recognize the contribution of Brown faculty in supporting undergraduate research and to commend, in particular, those who have helped diverse students realize their scholarly potential.

Updated: Feb 27, 2017

Work continues to expand these programs.

Updated: Nov 30, 2016

The Dean of the College has committed to work with offices across the University to ensure that all students are able to undertake at least one of these experiences, with appropriate financial assistance.

Updated: Jan 31, 2016
Establish a committee on curriculum reform

Office of the Dean of the College

DOC and CCC are implementing recommendations. 

Updated: Feb 27, 2017

The Dean of the College convened Task Force on Diversity in the Curriculum.

The report was released Fall 2016.

Updated: Nov 30, 2016
Updated: Sep 29, 2016

The Dean of the College convened a Task Force on Diversity in the Curriculum. Its report will be delivered in Fall 2016.

Updated: Aug 30, 2016

Charge established for curriculum committee

Updated: Mar 3, 2016

The Dean of the College will convene a committee in spring 2016 to implement curriculum reform.

Updated: Jan 31, 2016
Provide seed funding for critical scholarship and course development

Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion

A funding mechanism has been established within the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion and available starting in Fall 2016.

Updated: Nov 30, 2016

A funding mechanism was established within the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion and available starting in Fall 2016.

Updated: Aug 30, 2016

A funding mechanism will be established within the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion.

Updated: Jan 31, 2016