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.
Comments from alumni highlighted a strong desire to be involved in the development and implementation of this plan. This is particularly true of alumni who have worked, and continue to work, on these issues. There were calls to actively recruit, maintain, and engage minority alumni in programs like BrownConnect. There also were specific calls to engage Black alumni to ensure a robust pipeline for student recruitment, internship placement, and job placement.
Proposals Received: Alumni
- Assist in the promotion of the Laird Memorial Summer Program Scholarship (SPS) Fund (established as a current-use fund housed at Brown in 2013) through which Inman Page Black Alumni Council (IPC) will continue to support selected African American participants in Brown’s Summer Leadership Institute and SPARK (a residential science program for middle school students) and other STEM programs.
- Enhance and institutionalize an annual opportunity for Black alumni to return to campus and dialogue with Black students, faculty, staff and administrators regarding the campus community, its climate, and opportunities to mentor and/or lend support.
- Publish and disseminate a State of the Black Brown Community Annual Report to stimulate informed intellectual exchange, increase knowledge of historically underrepresented groups, and foster transparency and integrity in cross-cultural communications throughout the University. This document will include Black student admissions and matriculation data, faculty, student, and staff quality-of-life indicators, best practices, and the measurable results of all University initiatives targeting Black undergraduate and graduate students, Black faculty and staff, and Black alumni.
- The Black Alumni Reunion/All Class Reunion must be prioritized, adequately underwritten, and viewed as a significant and distinctive vehicle for expanding and ensuring a dynamic Brown Black community and alumni network that reaches across national and international boundaries. It should take place on a consistent basis, e.g., every two or three years.