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Brown University

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
198 Dyer Street
Providence, Rhode Island 02903
Phone
(401) 863-1000
Email address
admission@brown.edu
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: https://www.brown.edu/about) (Source: https://www.brown.edu/about/brown-glance)
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.
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.”
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."
Resources
  • 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.”
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.”
Last updated July 26th, 2022
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