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.
In this section, feedback covered many different areas of the DIAP working document, including process, timeline, engagement with different communities, funding/budget, etc. Numerous comments focused on how the plan can be made accessible to different communities (non-English speaking, alumni, members of the Providence community).
Proposals Received: General DIAP (process, etc.)
- Provide an explanation of the reasons the administration chose not to adopt and incorporate feedback and student demands.
- Survey existing resources at Brown that could accomplish/support this work before committing new resources to the implementation of the DIAP.
- Make reviews of the DIAP public, and ensure that these reviews are conducted on a per-semester basis, if not more frequently.
- Identify how this plan will be shared with alumni and how much of the specialized language in this plan will be made accessible to alumni who are less familiar with certain concepts, terms, etc.
- Translate the DIAP into different languages to make the process more inclusive, and to engage non-English speaking members of the community.
- Develop an online portal where all interested parties can view the objectives and tactics of this plan, and where they can track progress towards those goals.
- Identify what peer universities are doing on diversity and inclusion.
- Add Anthropology to the list of departments that are listed as loci for thought on diversity and inclusiveness.
- Reference the 2006 Report on Slavery and Justice in the DIAP and highlight how this new plan corresponds to the proposals outlined in that document.
- Make more explicit how this DIAP intersects with theBuilding on Distinction strategic plan to ensure that both are working toward the same set of goals.
- Identify how the plan will be evaluated going forward, and what mechanisms are in place to terminate efforts that are found to be ineffective.