The MPP Graduate Program is a very diverse one, and we welcome and support all students. In addition, Brown University, and its Division of Biology & Medicine, support numerous on-campus organizations and programs that promote inclusion and support campus diversity. These include:
Biomed Initiative to Maximize Student Development (IMSD)
The IMSD program, entitled "Advancing the Culture of PhD Learning and Scholarship in Biology and Health Sciences," provides extensive research training support for students from underrepresented groups to increase their participation in the fields of biomedical and behavioral research. IMSD support includes individual advising and training modules that are accessible to all students at Brown, covering such topics as scientific writing, data analysis and scientific presentations. The program is funded by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) within the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Learn more about IMSD
Office of Student and Employee Accessibility Services (SEAS)
SEAS provides extensive support for students, staff, faculty and visitors with physical, psychological and learning disabilities. SEAS has provided advice during extensive improvements to our existing buildings, as well as construction of new buildings to enhance handicapped accessibility. Handicapped-accessible transportation between all campus facilities is coordinated by SEAS, which provides a shuttle service.
African American, Latino, Asian/Asian American, and Native American (ALANA) Mentoring Program
This is a mentoring program founded at Brown in 1994 to foster meaningful interaction between students of color and mentors of color.
Learn more about ALANA
Brown Leadership Alliance
The Leadership Alliance Summer Research Early Identification Program provides mentoring and promotes summer research for underrepresented students in the life and physical sciences, social sciences, engineering, computer science and applied mathematics. Fifteen of the MPP trainers also act as faculty mentors for the Leadership Alliance. In fact, a large percentage of students from the Leadership Alliance summer program apply to the Brown graduate programs, including the MPP program.
Visit the Leadership Alliance
Society for the Advancement of Hispanics, Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), Brown Chapter
The Brown Chapter of SACNAS was started by an MPP graduate student, Teresa Ramirez (graduated 05/14). This society is a community of scientists dedicated to fostering the success of students from underrepresented groups at Brown.
Brown Center for Students of Color
This center serves as a source of support for American and international students of color at Brown.
Learn more about the Center
Nabrit Black Graduate Student Association (BGSA)
Named for biologist Samuel Nabrit, Brown's first African-American PhD recipient, the BGSA promotes the intellectual and social environment as well as the professional success of Brown's African American graduate students. Membership is open to all Brown graduate students.
Learn more about the BGSA
Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE)
This group helps create a community of and for women in the sciences at Brown University and increases the number of resources available to them. Originally founded for undergraduates, more recently the formation of a graduate student affinity group (GWiSE) was initiated by Lauren Quatrocchi, a recent graduate of the MPP program and former trainee on our NIH/NIGMS T32 Predoctoral Training Program in Trans-disciplinary Pharmacological Sciences.
Visit WiSE on Facebook
Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity
The Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America promotes research, art and scholarship in the areas of race and ethnicity.
Visit the Center
Office of Military-Affiliated Students
The Office of Military-Affiliated Students provides support for student veterans and current or prospective participants in officer-commissioning programs at Brown.
Learn more about the Office
In conjunction with the Sarah Doyle Women's Center, the LGBTQ Center provides support, resources and advocacy to promote an open, safe and inclusive environment for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning community at Brown. The center also supports Trans resources at Brown, as well as the Brown Safe Zone program.
Learn more about the LGBTQ Center