With the Pathways to Diversity and Inclusion Fund, we're helping to foster a truly inclusive campus—one that embraces, understands, and supports every student who arrives on College Hill. This impact fund provides programmatic support for Pathways to Diversity and Inclusion: An Action Plan for Brown University (DIAP) which prioritizes resources for students from historically underrepresented groups.

By enhancing the student experience through creative programming and opportunities, the Pathways to Diversity and Inclusion Fund is helping to create a learning and living environment in which students from all backgrounds can thrive.

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For students of color, there's a level of intimacy and trust that comes with having another student of color as a resource and support within the residence halls, especially for first-year students. Sometimes they have difficulty saying 'I need help,' so having someone that's literally sitting next to them, guiding them to the right resources can
have a greater impact.

Daviana Perez '22 Minority Peer Counselor
Daviana Perez '22
 

The Pathways to Diversity and Inclusion Fund supports many student-driven initiatives, including the Minority Peer Counselor (MPC) program. For more than 40 years, MPCs—like Daviana Perez ’22—have been a vital link in the network for support available to new students of color at Brown. MPCs are placed in first-year residence halls, serving as a live-in mentor and guide to all things Brown. Together they have a nearly encyclopedic knowledge of campus resources, student groups, organizations, events, and happenings—allowing them to help students find their place at Brown and connecting them with the support they need.

Barriers faced by some students from underrepresented groups who come to Brown can be feelings of isolation or not feeling a sense of belonging. With the Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan, we’re working to ensure that we have the resources and support to make each person who walks through the Van Wickle Gates feel welcomed and supported.

Shontay Delalue Vice President for Institutional Equity and Diversity

The Pathways to Diversity & Inclusion Fund supports initiatives and resources including:

  • Centers that provide support, resources, and mentorship for students from diverse communities—ex. the Brown Center for Students of Color, the LGBTQ Center, the Global Brown Center for International Students, the Office of Military-Affiliated Students, the Sarah Doyle Center for Women and Gender, and the First-Generation College, Low-Income Student Center (U-FLi Center).
  • Emergency support for low-income undergraduate students, including financial assistance for trips home, laptops, books, health insurance, and access to campus dining and housing for those who are unable to afford to travel home during academic breaks.
  • Moving diversity-related intellectual questions, including those related to combating anti-Black racism, to the center of Brown's curriculum by increasing the number of designated DIAP courses related to issues of power, privilege, inequality, and social justice.
  • Creating seed funds for faculty, students, and departments to develop programming and research related to issues of race and ethnicity, including those addressing anti-Black racism and the contemporary implications of racial slavery.
  • Developing and sustaining a diverse faculty of exceptional merit and promise by hiring faculty from historically underrepresented groups and providing mentorship opportunities for faculty of color.
Graduate cap in the air.

11

PERCENT

of undergraduate students are the first in their families to attend college

126+

COURSES

received DIAP designation since summer 2018

$65M

DEDICATED

to hiring faculty from underrepresented groups during the BrownTogether campaign

Coming to Brown at first felt like a big, unknown world in which I didn't belong. Somehow, the Third World Transition Program (TWTP) orientation made this big, awesome campus feel small and accessible. It empowered all of us who attended to have honest conversations on societal issues and privilege in a safe space. It allowed us to build friendships and to know the campus before everyone got here. To me, it meant the world. It helped me feel like I belonged here.

Carlos Lejnieks '00 President-Elect, Brown Alumni Association
Carlos Lejnieks '00
 

Impact funds, like the Pathways to Diversity and Inclusion Fund, are part of the Brown Annual Fund family. These giving options strengthen a specific University priority initiative. Gifts made to an impact fund will be used where it's most needed within the fund's focus area, allowing the University to be strategic and effective with every dollar.

As part of the family of funds for annual giving with the Brown Annual Fund, gifts made to the Campus Sustainability Fund and any other impact fund are included in Annual Fund totals and the Reunion Class Gift to the Annual Fund.

 

Want to learn more about the Pathways to Diversity & Inclusion Fund? Please contact:

Alyssia Coates
Director of Development for Diversity & Inclusion
+1 (401) 863-1221
[email protected]

 

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