Graduate Education at Brown
Brown University has an ongoing commitment to strengthening support for and engagement with our more than 2,600 graduate students on campus. Graduate education has been central to Brown’s mission for more than a century, and we believe that the teaching and research our students undertake are integral to a graduate education.
Brown believes its principal relationship with graduate students is as students. This guides how the University admits, recruits and trains these students. And while Brown’s position has remained unchanged in this regard since the NLRB’s 2004 Brown decision (which dismissed a petition by the United Auto Workers Union (UAW) to be the bargaining agent for certain graduate students at Brown), the NLRB’s ruling on the matter has changed.
Since the August 2016 Columbia ruling, Brown has been consistent in stating that the University would comply with the prevailing law and support discussions among graduate students as they explore whether or not unionization is right for them. We believe firmly that a determination regarding unionization is a decision that is ultimately theirs to make, and our foremost priority is to ensure that students are empowered with the facts, and that the full graduate student body participates in making an informed decision that will affect all graduate students.