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.
There was a lot of feedback on how Brown defines diversity and inclusiveness, which gets to the very core of the work outlined in the DIAP. There were several calls for a more expansive view of inclusion that acknowledges our community members’ identities and differences in a number of areas, including race, ethnicity, religion, ideology, gender, sexual orientation, ability, and income. Some respondents offered more explicit proposals aimed at supporting individuals with disabilities, athletes, veterans, staff, and indigenous people.
Several concrete proposals were made to enhance the visual inclusiveness of Brown by including more diverse images on the website, in marketing materials, and in the art that decorates university buildings.
There was particular emphasis in the feedback on a lack of “inclusiveness” on the part of the staff in the Division of Campus Life & Student Services.
Proposals Received: Inclusion
- Include more diversity on the Brown websites.
- Include athletes and conservatives, groups that have a long history of being excluded in various ways at Brown.
- Include language on religious diversity in the DIAP.
- Include language in the DIAP that broadens the definition of “faculty” to include residents (psychology, psychiatry, and medicine) and research and non-tenure track faculty.
- Include veterans as one of the listed identities throughout DIAP, including in the introductory paragraph.
- Include veterans in the campus climate study.
- Commit to increase the number of undergraduate veteran students to one percent of the student body within four years (approximately 60 veteran students, 15 per year).
- Include language about staff in the DIAP to acknowledge the important role that staff plays in the university.
- Include language about helping people with disabilities in the DIAP.
- Include religious diversity, as religion is an important element of identity.