Graduate education has been central to Brown’s mission for well over a century. Today, graduate students at Brown compose approximately one-quarter of the student population and contribute in significant and enduring ways to teaching, research and the advancement of knowledge across the disciplines. Conversations are taking place here at Brown and throughout the country about the role graduate students play in the educational and research mission and operations of private universities such as Brown. 

Brown and other universities argue in an amicus brief filed Feb. 29 that the National Labor Relations Board should preserve its prior ruling that precludes unionization by graduate assistants at private research universities.