A range of programmatic initiatives at Brown are led or sponsored by the Office of the President.

Presidential Faculty Award

The Presidential Faculty Award was established by President Christina H. Paxson in the spring of 2013 to recognize members of Brown’s distinguished faculty who are conducting especially important and innovative scholarship.

Presidential Postdoctoral Fellows

Brown launched the Presidential Diversity Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in 2015-16 to support the development of early career scholars from diverse backgrounds, with a specific focus on recruiting scholars from historically underrepresented groups.

Strategic Planning

Launched in 2014, the 250th anniversary of Brown’s founding, the 10-year strategic plan, "Building on Distinction: A New Plan for Brown," offers the broad vision and goals to ensure the University’s capacity to fulfill its mission of teaching, research and service at the highest levels over the next decade.

Institutional Diversity & Inclusion

The detailed vision for realizing Brown's commitment to diversity is articulated in Pathways to Diversity and Inclusion: An Action Plan for Brown University, which outlines a set of concrete, achievable actions to make Brown a more fully diverse and inclusive community. 

Fund for the Education of the Children of Providence

The Fund for the Education of the Children of Providence is a permanent $10 million endowment that provides sustainable financial support from Brown University for initiatives that promote academic excellence and success for current and future generations of K-12 students in Providence.

Digital Transformation Project

This multi-year project involves the purposeful creation of a cohesive digital ecosystem that provides faculty, staff, students and alumni with the tools and capacities needed to support education and research, business operations, volunteer engagement and communications.


As part of efforts to contribute solutions to confronting climate change, Brown has set an aggressive goal to cut its campus greenhouse gas emissions by 75 percent by 2025 and to achieve net-zero no later than 2040. The goal arose from the work of multiple committees.

Community Conversations

In the Spring of 2020, President Christina H. Paxson launched a virtual webinar series entitled Community Conversations as a way to strengthen Brown’s campus and community during unprecedented times. Speakers are invited to participate in Community Conversations to provide expert perspectives on a range of contemporary topics relevant to the Brown community.