Advancing Excellence

In 2016, the University launched Pathways to Diversity and Inclusion: An Action Plan for Brown University (DIAP), an ambitious plan to achieve the highest level of academic excellence by building a fully diverse and inclusive Brown. Now, increasing numbers of the best and brightest researchers, scholars, and students from a full range of backgrounds across the nation are deciding that Brown is the place they want to be.

“ We are bringing together exceptionally talented students, faculty, and staff from across the spectrum of human experience, and doing so in ways that increase the impact of our teaching, research, and scholarship. ”

Christina H. Paxson President, Brown University

By recruiting and retaining faculty from a multitude of backgrounds and experiences—and by increasing resources that enable them to study issues related to equity and the impacts of marginalization—we deepen and broaden the impact and reach of our scholarship. What’s more, by creating a learning community that embodies the social and intellectual diversity of the world, our students gain the skills and insight they need to thrive in today's global marketplace.

Top students also see Brown as the place that will prepare them for life after college, and that will support them intellectually and socially. BrownTogether will increase support for academic and programmatic initiatives designed to make sure that all students have access to the many opportunities available.

These investments are essential to our core mission of academic excellence. Through BrownTogether, we will strengthen Brown's distinctive and rigorous approach to teaching and research and amplify the University’s impact beyond campus and across the globe.

Supporting Students

By providing financial resources, this fund helps to remove barriers to a medical education and help bring students from backgrounds underrepresented in medicine to The Warren Alpert Medical School.

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With its support of the Health Equity Scholars Program, this fund provides specialized training and financial aid to exceptional Master of Public Health (MPH) candidates—with a focus on graduates of historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs), alumni of Hispanic-serving institutions, and residents of Rhode Island.

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Through this fund, the School of Engineering supports the latest technology, research opportunities, student travel, and the strengthening of co-curricular groups including the National Society of Black Engineers.

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Supporting Research & Scholarship

Founded in 2012, the Ruth J. Simmons Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice (Simmons Center) has built a global reputation for bringing together scholars, artists, and creative practitioners to examine the contemporary impact of the history of racial slavery.
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Other Areas of Support

This capacity-building, information-sharing, and experiential initiative aims to solidify Brown University as a bridge builder to historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs).

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Brown's Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity (OIED)—in collaboration with Brown’s Rockefeller and John Hay libraries and the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women—is conducting a series of interviews and collecting artifacts from participants, which will be incorporated into an exhibit at the Rockefeller Library in time for the 2023 Black Alumni Reunion.

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The $20-million capital project will transform the building into a welcoming environment for students, faculty, staff, and visitors. It will accommodate the recent growth of the Department of Africana Studies, making room for new faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate concentrators. It will also create new opportunities for Rites and Reason Theatre to be a hub for teaching, performance, and community engagement at the intersection of performing arts and Africana studies.

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For information about specific giving opportunities, contact:

Alyssia Coates, Ph.D.
Senior Director of Development, Inclusive Philanthropic Engagement
+1 (401) 863-1221


Support diversity at Brown.

Help make our campus truly inclusive and fully diverse by making a gift today.

The strength of any institution is its diversity, and for Brown University, diversity and inclusion is not what we do but who we are. The DIAP sets us apart in higher education and is our guiding framework to ensure everyone matters at the University.

Sylvia Carey-Butler, Ph.D. Vice President for Institutional Equity and Diversity
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