Voting Dates and Locations

November 14th, 15th, 16th and 19th
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Polling stations are assigned by degree programs:

  • BioMed and Life Sciences: Sidney Frank Hall
  • Engineering and Physical Sciences: Engineering Research Center
  • Humanities and Social Sciences: Salomon Center for Teaching 
  • Public Health: 121 South Main Street 

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.  

Student Studying in Library

With graduate degrees awarded by Brown since 1888, graduate education has been central to the University’s mission for well over a century. As students explore unionization, it’s important to state what we value at Brown: Our deep history and promising future for graduate education at Brown; our graduate students and their individual contributions; and an open and informed discussion on unionization.


This page outlines the basics on collective bargaining and the election process, organized through the National Labor Relations Board, by which eligible bargaining units can choose to be represented by a union.

Quiet Green

These FAQs explore common questions about the conversations taking place on the Brown campus and across the country about the roles that graduate students play in teaching and research at private universities, as well as the potential impact and implications of unionization.


As graduate students explore unionization, this page includes news and updates from the University, including correspondence to the community from Brown’s senior leaders.

Resources for the Community

The resources cataloged here include facts about graduate education at Brown, links to relevant NLRB cases and historical news releases from the University.