The greater Brown University community, including the Center on the Biology of Aging and the entire Division of Biology and Medicine, is dedicated to endorsing an environment that is inclusive and promotes advancement for individuals from all racial and socioeconomic backgrounds. There are several programs and centers that support diversity for students in the Brown community. These programs are open to all members of the Brown community, regardless of ethnicity or background.
1) Advancing the Culture of PhD Learning and Scholarship in Biology and Health Science program, as part of the Initiative to Maximize Student Development (IMSD) program, strives to significantly increase under-represented minority pre-doctoral students within the fields of biomedical and behavioral research. The goal of this program is to develop community, collaboration and excellence by creating a unique advising plan and support structure for each IMSD student throughout their training period.
2) Society for Advancement of Chicanos/as and Native Americans in Science, [email protected], aims to foster success in science for all people at all levels of their career. The Brown University SACNAS chapter was established in 2012 with a mission to support scientists to attain advanced degrees and careers and positions of leadership in science. SACNAS membership is open to all undergraduate and graduate students, post-docs and faculty of all cultural affiliations.
3) The Leadership Alliance is an academic consortium of 36 institutions of higher learning, including leading research and teaching colleges and universities. The mission of the Leadership Alliance is to develop students from underrepresented groups into outstanding leaders and role models in academia, business and the public sector. The Brown University research communities open their laboratories to Leadership Alliance interns and many Brown University faculty contribute to the mentorship of these students.
4) Student and Employee Accessibility Services (SEAS) provides extensive support and a wide variety of services for students, faculty, and staff with physical, psychological, and learning disabilities.
5) Advancing Rhode Island Science Education (ARISE) is a professional development program designed to train high school biology teachers in Rhode Island in inquiry-based approaches in high-school classrooms. This NIH-funded program provides an opportunity for Brown students to contribute to science education at a number of local schools that serve large minority populations.
6) First-Generation College and Low-Income Student Center (FLiCenter) is dedicated to providing communal academic and social space for members of the Brown community who identify with the first-generation college and/or low-income student experience, including international, undocumented, transfer, and graduate students.
7) Brown Center for Students of Color (BCSC) encourages students to build meaningful relationships across differences, 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.
8) The Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America (CSREA) at Brown University is an interdisciplinary program that aims to build community among scholars and students working on race and ethnicity. CSREA aspires to develop new and enhance existing research networks, foster generative public conversations on pivotal issues, enhance public knowledge about racial and ethnic discrimination, and contribute to national and community efforts to create a more just society.
9) LGBTQ Center provides a comprehensive range of education/training, cultural, social and educational programming, support services and advocacy services to the entire Brown Community. The center works to create and maintain an open, safe, and inclusive environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning students, faculty, and staff, their families and friends, and the campus community at large.
10) The Sarah Doyle Women’s Center (SDWC) seeks to provide a comfortable yet challenging place for students, faculty, and staff to examine the multitude of issues around gender. The SDWC offers programs and services for all members of the Brown community, and is a site for research into and exploration of gender issues that extend into and beyond the classroom.
11) The Office of Student Veterans and Commissioning Programs provides Student Veterans and current or prospective officer commissioning program participants with the tools and resources needed to succeed at Brown.
12) The Office of the Chaplains and Religious Life (OCRL) aims to ensure that a diversity of beliefs have voice and vitality throughout the University community. OCRL seeks to create spaces and opportunities within the immediate environs of the University and in its larger circles where profound questions can be voiced and explored openly, whether these concerns originate within religious, philosophical, ethical, or spiritual practice.
13) The Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion (OIDI) serves as a critical leader, resource and support in promoting and sustaining more inclusive and diverse learning and working environments at all levels at Brown. OIDI supports Brown’s goals related to equal opportunity, diversity and inclusion.
14) Office of International Student and Scholar Services aims to support the University’s internationalization and to facilitate the integration of international students and scholars into the Brown community.