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 was a range of miscellaneous edits, comments, etc. that didn’t fall within a larger category. There were roughly 125 such notes. Many of these comments did not propose specific actions.
Comments from low-frequency categories related to such topics as Brown’s budget, free speech, the Department of Public Safety, employee compensation, STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), implementing a campus climate survey, faculty support and campus engagement. There also were submissions of suggested edits to portions of the plan document (see the Proposals Received section below listing the input). Appendix D of the final DIAP summarizes how the University addressed community input in the final revisions to the DIAP.
Proposals Received: Miscellaneous Topics
- Apply to become an institutional member of the faculty diversity.org program.
- Create a formal program between Brown and one of the Tribal colleges, like the one between Brown and Tougaloo, to help recruit Native American students and faculty.
- Include the Graduate Student Council, Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), the Nabrit Black Graduate Students Association and the Graduate Students of Color Collective in the making of this climate survey to ensure that it accurately reflects the graduate student experience.
- Include staff and faculty as recipients of the campus climate study.
- Provide centralized staffing for the Faculty of Color network.
- Examine further diversity training for the Department of Public Safety.