The State of Rhode Island and Brown University's both include gender identity and expression as a protected identity.
We partner with a local organization called the TGI Network of RI to provide a support group for students, staff and faculty who are transgender, gender queer or questioning gender. See our support group page for more information.
February 2016: We are currently expanding our Trans resource pages on this site. Please check back soon for more updates.
The Sarah Doyle Women's Center, founded in 1975, was named in honor of the prominent Rhode Island educator, Sarah Doyle. The SDWC welcomes women and men who have interests in issues of gender and in issues that concern women in particular. The Center offers a variety of services and programs, as well as meeting space for university and community groups. The SDWC houses an art gallery, a darkroom, an extensive library and resource center, and a student lounge. It is a welcoming place on the Brown University campus.
The Brown Center for Students of Color (BCSC) serves as a gathering place for communities of color. Students are encouraged to build meaningful relationships across difference, develop racial and ethnic consciousness, and enact change at Brown and beyond. The BCSC advances the University’s mission of educating and preparing students to discharge the offices of life with usefulness and reputation by empowering students of color, cultivating leadership, facilitating critical reflection, fostering informed action, and promoting social justice. BCSC@brown.edu. 401-863- 2120
In Fall 2006 the Gender Studies program merged with the concentration in Sexuality and Society to form the Gender and Sexuality Studies Program. Gender and Sexuality Studies is an interdisciplinary concentration that examines the construction of gender and sexuality in social, cultural, political, economic, or scientific contexts. For further information contact the concentration advisor:
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In 2003, President Ruth J. Simmons created the Office of Institutional Diversity (OID) to provide leadership for the formulation and oversight of policies related to pluralism and equity, and initiate programs and practices that promote diversity, inclusion and fair treatment of all members of the community. The associate provost and director of institutional diversity leads the work in OID.
The Office of Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action (EEO/AA) is part of the OID. It provides services related to affirmative action; equal employment opportunity; sexual harassment awareness and prevention; faculty and staff employment disability management; and complaint resolution.
Director of Institutional Diversity
Brown Psychological Services provides Brown students with free, confidential, individual appointments.
Health Education is part of Health Services. They facilitate interactive workshops, offer individual counseling and referrals, and coordinate special events on a wide range of health topics. Topic areas include nutrition, alcohol and other drug use, safer sex, sexually transmitted infections, stress management and general wellness.
Religious life at Brown is wide-ranging and accommodating for students of all faiths.
The multifaith chaplaincy on campus works to ensure that all beliefs can find a home on campus. Manning Chapel, Brown Hillel, and the Brown Muslim Student Center represent some of the more established centers for religious services at Brown. In addition, there are frequent meetings of fellowship and spirituality groups throughout the campus.
To promote communication and understanding among all religious groups, the Office of the Chaplains and Religious Life sponsors a number of interfaith initiatives.
The Department of Public Safety is responsible for the safety and security of students, staff, faculty and guests and governed by its Code of Ethics. The department philosophy places an emphasis on such community policing practices as prevention, problem-solving, and joint police-community responsibility. The department attempts to fulfill its mission through interactive patrol as well as through community education.
Contact: Emergency Medical Services (EMS)