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 financial aid called for better support mechanisms in the financial aid office to serve the needs of different communities (low-income students, undocumented students) in addition to specific proposals for support to help mitigate expenses related to graduation, travel for international students, meal plans, etc.
Proposals Received: Financial Aid/Support
- Cover Brown health insurance in financial aid.
- Eliminate the summer contribution requirement for low-income students.
- Hire a financial-aid officer who can serve as an advocate and liaison for undocumented students.
- Include graduation expenses in financial-aid calculations for low-income students.
- Phase in funding for yearly travel allowances home for international students.
- Proactively advertise the Campus Life Emergency Fund to low-income students.
- Subsidize textbook costs by subscribing to available books online.
- Provide financial support for low-income students to enroll in meal plans beyond the 7-meal/week plan.
- Establish financial assistance for students on leave who attempt to access healthcare without financial support.