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Brown University

Undergraduate School

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198 Dyer Street
Providence, Rhode Island 02903
(401) 863-1000
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School Information
"Founded in 1764, Brown is a leading research university home to world-renowned faculty, and also an innovative educational institution where the curiosity, creativity and intellectual joy of students drives academic excellence. "The spirit of the undergraduate Open Curriculum infuses every aspect of the University. Brown is a place where rigorous scholarship, complex problem-solving and service to the public good are defined by intense collaboration, intellectual discovery and working in ways that transcend traditional boundaries." The university enrolls over 9,600 students, employs over 800 faculty, and offers over 80 academic concentrations. (Source: (Source:
General Information
Brown University has taken multiple steps to support critical race theory and anti-racism. It has formally changed its legal name to "Brown University", launched a task force on anti-black racism, and "established the Addressing Systemic Racism Fund". No Critical Race Training sessions are yet required of students. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Admissions Policies
  • The university is increasing the number of "undergraduate Regular Decision... Black/African American identified students" to 50% of the next enrollment.
Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • The Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity offers numerous resources and trainings on diversity, equity, and inclusion at Brown covering topics from Anti-Black Racism, Cultural Humility, Mitigating Bias, Positionality, Power, and Privilege, and Unconscious Bias.
  • Brown University encourages all of its students, undergraduates and graduates/medical, to complete their Unconscious Bias e-learning Module that “was developed following an iterative process of focus groups with Brown faculty, students and staff and input from several campus partners throughout multiple phases of project development.”
  • The Brown University Division of Advancement’s Anti-Racism Training Program (AART) is a “yearlong program started with a pre-work module that helped establish a baseline of structural racism knowledge and informed the creation of a comprehensive curriculum designed and implemented completely by advancement staff.“
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • The Task Force on Anti Black Racism “proposed the creation of a curricular program on racism and racial healing that would be grounded in a sequence of courses taught by faculty from several disciplines.” Additionally, “the Task Force also recommended that every concentration in the University require an intentionally designed experience, such as a research experience or course, that prioritizes Black history, culture and scholarship.”
  • The Department for Earth, Environment, and Planetary Sciences at Brown offers a DEEPS START Team to assist in developing an anti-racist syllabus that goes beyond “just adding a diversity statement” and guides in the crafting of a “more inclusive and anti-racist course.”
  • The Department of Sociology at Brown University offers a number of courses with the Race, Power, and Privilege (RPP) designation that “highlight Brown’s commitment to the intellectual study of race, racial formations, inequality, and social justice. These courses examine issues of structural inequality, racial formations and/or disparities, and systems of power within a complex pluralistic world.“
  • It is now shown that Brown University "is offering more than 100 courses under a new 'Race, Power and Privilege' curricular designation in the spring 2023 semester." These course offerings will "examine issues of structural inequality, racial formations and/or disparities and systems of power."
Faculty/Staff Requirements
  • Beginning July 2022, the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown “will institute a new Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Anti-Racism (DEI/AR) Education Requirement for those seeking appointment and re-appointment as DPHB faculty.“
Program and Research Funding
  • "...Brown has established the Addressing Systemic Racism Fund to support further research and programming aimed at addressing anti-Black racism on and beyond the Brown campus."
  • The Seminar for Transformation Around Anti-Racist Teaching (START) at Brown University is “a program to support department efforts to advance inclusive diversity in their teaching, learning, and curriculum development.” Financial stipends or awards are provided to undergraduate, graduate, and faculty START Fellows for their participation in this program.
  • The Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America (CSREA) at Brown, “part of the Mellon Foundation-funded Race at the Center of the Humanities initiative,” hosts annual conferences and workshops that “center race in humanistic inquiry.“
  • The university announced "the launch of a new virtual campus conversation series, Race & in America, which will explore various facets of race in America. Led by CSREA in conjunction with the Provost’s office, this monthly interactive series will examine subject areas including slavery, public health, social movements and democracy."
  • The university is expanding its social justice/CRT "educational" offerings.
  • On April 29, 2022, the Brown University Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America held a lecture from the Critical Conversations series on racial inequality in education.
  • The Brown University Library Racial Justice Project “will use a research-based rubric to study how structural racism manifests in the Library, ultimately determining and implementing a plan of action to become a just, equitable, and inclusive site of free and open inquiry.”
  • On October 21, 2021, leading expert on Critical Race Theory, Lori Patton Davis delivered the iconic Annual Brown Lecture in Educational Research where she made “recommendations about how a critical race lens might guide us toward a more progressive realization of the promises of Brown.”
  • The University Library has a Racial Justice Resource Center on the second floor of the Rockefeller Library that serves as a “guide to faculty and Brown community publications regarding racial justice.”
  • The Diversity and Inclusion Toolkit was “created to identify best practices for promoting diversity and inclusion at Brown.”
Symbolic Actions
  • The university president will "appoint a Task Force on Anti-Black Racism."
  • "...the Brown University Corporation voted unanimously to change the University’s official name to be simply “Brown University,” which is how we refer to it now in nearly all uses."
  • On August 5, 2021, the President of the University provided responses to the recommendations from the Task Force on Anti Black Racism. ”The Task Force offered 19 recommendations that are organized within four themes: (1) policy; (2) culture/climate; (3) curriculum and classroom experience; and (4) external community engagement.”
  • The Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan for Brown University details the actions that the university is implementing to make it “more fully diverse and inclusive.” The 2021 Phase II Plan “will continue to focus on historical legacies of oppression and discrimination that have, for years, barred certain groups from access to or participation in higher education in the US.”
  • On February 18, 2022, the “Decolonization at Brown (DAB) STEM Task Force invited students, staff, faculty, and administration to a student-led teach-in on Colonialism in STEM.”
  • On February 19, 2023, the Center for the Study of Slavery & Justice at Brown hosted an event for the book launch of White Supremacy, Racism, and the Coloniality of Anti-Trafficking which “critically examines the ways that white supremacy, racism, and colonization are embedded in global anti-trafficking efforts. Chapters cover vast global terrain and perspectives of migrant workers, sex worker, and racial justice advocates.”
  • On November 15, 2022, the university hosted a presentation of “In the Wake of George Floyd: Responses to Anti-Black Racism in Rhode Island” which served as an archive of responses to “anti-Black racism and police violence.”
  • On March 9, 2022, the university hosted a talk on Examining Anti-Critical Race Theory Legislation “and the legal challenges to these anti-critical race theory statutes.”
Last updated March 5th, 2023
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