During the comment period for the initial working draft of Pathways to Diversity and Inclusion: An Action Plan for Brown University (shared with the Brown community on November 19, 2015), there were 62 submissions, edits, comments, etc. in the category of inclusion (see the Proposals Received section below listing the input). Appendix D of the final DIAP summarizes how the University addressed this input in the final revisions to the DIAP.
Proposals related to the admissions process at Brown offered an alternative pathway to making the campus more inclusive. Community feedback called for programs to develop pools of potential applicants, and funding to increase matriculation of undocumented, low-income, first-generation, minority, and local Providence applicants to Brown.
Proposals Received: Admissions
- Provide special scholarships to Rhode Island high school students, especially from Providence public schools.
- Increase the number of HUG students from Providence and Rhode Island, including but not limited to members of the Latinx, Cambodian, Hmong, Laotian, Cape Verdean, and Narragansett communities, to better reflect the demographics of the local population.
- Hire an admissions officer who can serve as both a liaison and recruiter for undocumented students.
- Hire an admissions officer with substantive community-based organizational experience to actively recruit low-income and first-generation students.
- Hire an admissions staff member with deep investment in and understanding of Providence communities, with experience in local social-justice-based community organizations.
- Commit resources to ensure the matriculation of low-income admitted students.
- Commit resources to ensure the matriculation of admitted HUG students.
- Increase the Black student population to 12 percent, in proportion to the United States’ Black population, per the 1968 demands.
- Pay for the travel to A Day on College Hill (ADOCH) for all admitted low-income students.
- Fund regional events targeted to admitted students of color (hosted by alumni?).
- Integrate the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs (ODMA) into all stages of the recruitment and admissions process. The ODMA should serve as a more potent support system for HUG applicants prior to and after interviews.
- If Brown remains on the Common Application, an online undergraduate college application accepted by over 400 independent colleges, put a “hold” on the information revealing demographic information.
- Improve existing matriculation pathways such as the Program in Liberal Medical Education (PLME), Post-baccalaureate linkage, and early identification programs that could feasibly be tailored to target underrepresented groups.
- Identify specific point people in the financial-aid and admissions offices that can serve as both liaisons and recruiters for undocumented students.