The Office of Student Life supports the following mission and philosophy, as stated by the Office of Institutional Diversity:
"Diversity is the foundation of the academic enterprise. Exposure to a broad range of perspectives, views and outlooks is key to fostering both breadth and depth in intellectual knowledge.
Diversity policies and programs at Brown are designed to: (1) redress historical patterns of exclusion and (2) foster opportunities to embrace the greatest mix of ideas, opinions, and beliefs so important to the achievement of academic excellence. Accordingly, the term diversity is used at Brown in the broadest sense to encompass many things such as race, color, religion, age, national and ethnicity origin, disability, status as a veteran, language, socio-economic background, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political ideology, theoretical approach and the list can go on. It is through the interaction among individuals from a diverse set of experiences, histories and backgrounds that true intellectual diversity is achieved.
At Brown, we seek to achieve diversity in our living, learning and working environments by placing emphasis on the recruitment and retention of students, faculty and staff from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences. We also work to ensure diversity in our curricular and co-curricular offerings, and we invest in the structural supports needed to manage our lively, provocative, and stimulating community."
The Office of Student Life supports Brown’s commitment to campus diversity through a range of supportive services and educational programming. OSL staff serves as liaisons to and provides support for various populations of students in coordination with the Third World Center.