In the early 1960's during the Civil Rights Movement, Brown University and Tougaloo College entered into a formal relationship. This unique relationship between a northern Ivy League University and a Historically Black College has remained a steadfast presence on both campuses that inspires and educates students, faculty, and staff.
The Brown–Tougaloo Partnership (BTP) has several exchange programs that are open to students, faculty and staff on both campuses. They include:
- Student Semester Exchange Program – This program offers students the opportunity to study at the partner institution for one semester.
- Civil Rights Trip at Tougaloo College – This program, also known as the Mini Exchange is an opportunity for a small group of Brown students to spend spring break in Mississippi traveling and joining Tougaloo students to conduct reserach. At the end of the semester Brown students give formal presentations of their reserach.
- Faculty & Staff Exchanges – This program is designed to strengthen the relationship between the two institutions by building faculty and staff connections. Faculty have offered a single or a series of lectures or workshops, or visited with colleagues to discuss teaching issues. Staff have consulted on a variety of special projects as needed. A new Virtual Faculty Exchange was started in 2007.
- Faculty exchanges have involved Brown's Africana Studies, Biology and Medicine, English, History, Sociology, Language Studies, Chemistry to name a few. Tougaloo professors that have visited Brown include representatives from the departments of Natural Sciences, Music, French, Math, Ecology, Biology and Political Science.
- Faculty Fellows Program - This program offers Brown advanced graduate students the opportunity to teach at Tougaloo College for 1-2 semesters.
- Bernstein Scholars - This program funds projects led by students involved in the Brown-Tougaloo Partnership. These activities may include, but are not limited to, convening focus groups, conducting field research related to historical, public health, cultural, policy and/or community based projects that would have an impact on student learning while improving and fostering the partnership between Brown and Tougaloo.
- Student Summer Research - Opportunities exist at Brown through The Leadership Alliance and various departments and disciplines. Brown students may participate in research at The Jackson Heart Study Program and/or conduct independent research in other disciplinary areas. Please contact us for more information.
- Black Lavender Experience – This is an opportunity for Tougaloo students to remotely engage with Brown to participate in the coursework and then travel to Brown in April to take part in the production of the Black Lavender Experience.