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. 

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.