Academic Initiatives

To help students of all backgrounds reach their goals, Brown promotes and participates in several academic initiatives that focus on inclusion and achievement, particularly in support of low-income students, first-college-generation students, and under-represented students of color. These activities include:

Inclusive Communities

Diversity and inclusion planning at Brown also includes a range of other actions to sustain and advance an inclusive community of scholars on campus and beyond. Improving campus culture, and the retention of a diverse student body and workforce at Brown, not only involves efforts that make Brown more inclusive in its policies and culture on campus, but also show that the University is a leader in national conversations on approaches to institutional inclusion and diversity planning. These efforts include:

  • Transformative Conversations@Brown Project: This ongoing activity provides opportunities and spaces to engage respectfully and thoughtfully with each other across our differences. 
  • National Diversity Summit: In March 2015, Brown hosted the first National Diversity Summit, a three-day gathering to explore how higher education engaged in the work of developing and sustaining an increasingly diverse and inclusive academic community. Titled “The Scholarship of Diversity and Inclusion in the Academy: Lessons Learned and the Work Ahead for Universities in the 21st Century,” the Summit highlighted changes by members of the Brown community in the scholarship of diversity and inclusion and how research informed current policies and practices to sustain and advance an inclusive community of scholars.


The Brown-Tougaloo Partnership: Formalized in 1964, the Brown University – Tougaloo College Partnership (BTP) is designed to enrich both campuses through student and faculty academic and cultural exchanges, collaborative research ventures, and administrative level engagements.

Administrative Fellows Program

To nurture a talented and diverse staff by providing enhanced access to professional development resources and networks to prepare them to become leaders in promoting more inclusive communities within higher education, the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity is pleased to sponsor and announce the 2017 Administrative Fellows Program pilot for staff. For more information click here.