Student Support

Undergraduate College Recruitment

The College Admission office actively recruits students and sponsors matriculation programs that encourage underrepresented students to consider Brown. An overnight visit during A Day on College Hill brings admitted students to campus to encourage their matriculation at Brown. The office also hosts annual open houses for prospective Black and Latino Students, as well as receptions in major urban areas across the country that inform prospective students on the admissions process, the academic program, and the community of color at Brown.

See the Admissions Website for further information: http://www.brown.edu/Administration/Admission/

Special Recruitment Initiatives

Talent Quest
Talent Quest is a program designed to assist students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds in the college application process. The goal of the program is to enable Brown to build and maintain an ongoing relationship with selected high schools around the country and reach out to talented students in grades 9-12.

Need-Blind Admission
Beginning with the Class of 2007, Brown implemented its need-blind admission policy. Need-blind admission simply means that an applicant's ability to pay for their education is not a factor in the admission decision. This policy applies to all U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents regardless of the program to which the applicant has applied.

Sidney Frank Scholars
In September 2004, Sidney E. Frank, a member of the class of 1942, made a gift of $100 million to Brown University to establish an endowed scholarship fund that will provide financial assistance for the neediest undergraduate students, who could not otherwise afford the full cost of tuition and other costs of receiving an education at Brown. Recipients of the scholarships from this fund receive financial assistance that replaces standard loan expectations with additional scholarship.

Military Veterans
Brown recognizes the extraordinary talents, experience, and diversity that veterans bring to campus.  There is no separate application process for veterans.  Brown has partnered with U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in support of the new Post 9/11 GI Bill and the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program.


Graduate School Recruitment/ Admissions

The Graduate School actively recruits students who are and have been traditionally underrepresented in graduate education, including but not limited to underrepresented racial and ethnic minorities, women and people with disabilities. The assistant dean for recruiting and professional development works in partnership with individual departments and programs at Brown and cultivates relationships with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and other Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs).
The Graduate School works closely with the Leadership Alliance to identify potential graduate program applicants from the alumni of this program. Similarly, the Graduate School works in close partnership with students from Tougaloo College through its association with the Brown-Tougaloo Partnership . The Graduate School also recruits at various annual meetings and conferences around the country.
For further information about the Graduate School admissions process, see: http://gradschool.brown.edu/go/generalinfo

Super Monday
Every spring, the Graduate School provides funds to individual departments to bring admitted students to campus and invites newly admitted students of color to attend a one-day campus visit called “Super Monday." These visits offer both Graduate School and departmental components, including panels about Brown’s community of color, living in Providence, academic support, etc.

Curriculum

Exchange with Tougaloo College
The College has sponsored Student and faculty exchanges with Tougaloo College, a historically Black college in Mississippi since the 1960's. An early identification program provides Tougaloo students with admission to Brown Medical School.

Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America
The Center for the Study of Race Ethnicity at Brown is an interdisciplinary program that develops and promotes research and programs on Race and Ethnicity. The Center also supports the Ethnic Studies concentration and curriculum.

Rites and Reason (Theatre program)  
The mission of Rites and Reason is to develop new works for th e American Stage, which analyze and articulate the phenomenal and universal odyssey of the African Diaspora. Over the years, the mission has grown to embrace the expression of other cultural experiences.

Pembroke Center
The Pembroke Center was establish ed in 1981 as a research center on gender. Funded in its early years by the Ford Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Rockefeller Foundation, the Center now supports its programs largely through its endowment, made possible by generous alumnae and other donors.

Slavery & Justice
The Choices Program offers curriculum, multimedia, professional development and student forums to support the teaching of the history of slavery.

Diversity Perspectives
Courses designated DP, for Diversity Perspectives, represent the dedication of the Brown Faculty to examine knowledge from the perspectives of groups whose individual/collective voices were frequently absent in the development of traditional academic disciplines. Two kinds of courses have the DP designation: courses that treat, primarily or at least substantially, the knowledge and experience of previously underrepresented groups; or courses that examine the ways in which disciplines, histories, and paradigms of knowledge are reconfigured by the study of diversity-related intellectual questions.

Curriculum Transformation Workshops
The Dean of the College sponsors workshops for faculty in the humanities, social sciences and the sciences to explore ways of integrating diversity materials and perspectives into their curricula.

Support

Student and Employee Accessibility Services

Student and Employee Accessibility Services coordinates services and accommodations for students, faculty and staff with physical, psychological, sensory, and learning disabilities. SEAS is also available for consultation with Brown community members who are questioning whether they may have a disability, have questions about working with someone who has a disability, or have a temporary condition that may require accommodations or services.

Psychological Services
All of Brown’s Psychological Services clinicians are required to have experience in working with students from diverse backgrounds. The office provides ongoing programming for students on topics, including ethnic and racial identity, hate crimes in Asian American communities, psychological barriers to self-esteem and intimacy in the LGBTA community, and group sessions on culture consciousness.

University Health Services
Working with a wide range of individual and student organizations, University Health Services is dedicated to the promotion of healthy lifestyles. Programs range from sexual health to relaxation techniques, from eating disorders to domestic abuse.

Dining Services
Dining Services offers Kosher and Halal meal plan options for observant Jewish and Muslim students, served in a separate section of the Refectory. This enables students to adhere to dietary laws while also dining with friends.

Chaplains and Religious Life
The Office of the Chaplains and Religious Life works collaboratively with nearly two-dozen student organizations, spanning the breadth of Brown’s religious diversity and involving more than 40% of the student population. The office cares for and responds to the broad pastoral needs of Brown’s faculty, staff and students.

Mentoring and Professional Development

International Mentoring Program
The International Mentoring Program (IMP) is a student-based program responsible for International Orientation for incoming freshman. IMPs also serve as peer mentors throughout the year. A dean from the Office of Student Life serves as an advisor to this program.

Renn Mentoring Program
The Renn Mentoring Program pairs lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) students with "out" LGBTQ faculty and staff mentors through the LGBTQ Resource Center. Students can get support and guidance from their mentors on a variety of topics including, but not limited to, coming out to their families, in academia or in the workplace.

ALANA Mentoring Program
The ALANA (African, Latino, Asian and Native American) Mentoring program links first year students of color at Brown to Faculty, staff and alumni of color. The interaction between mentors and mentees is based solely on their mutual interests and personal goals. This is an opportunity for students to establish relationships that are unique to the Third World Community at Brown.

Mellon Mays Minority Fellowship Program
With the sponsorship of the Andrew Mellon Foundation, students from underrepresented groups and those interested in eradicating racism in the academy are provided with mentorship and support to encourage their enrollment in Ph.D. programs in selected academic disciplines.

Leadership Alliance
The Leadership Alliance is a consortium of 29 leading U.S. research and teaching academic institutions, including minority serving institutions, all dedicated to improving the participation of underrepresented students in graduate studies and Ph.D. programs and, ultimately, research professions in the academic, public and private sectors.

Exchange with Tougaloo College
The College has sponsored Student and faculty exchanges with Tougaloo College, a historically Black college in Mississippi since the 1960's. An early identification program provides Tougaloo students with admission to Brown Medical School.

Third World Transition Program (TWTP)
Third World Transition Program (TWTP) is designed to explore the particular issues faced by minority students as they pursue their studies at Brown. The general aim of the program is to raise awareness of the many barriers that continue to challenge minority students’ ability to thrive in a diverse environment. The goal of the program is achieved by providing students with a safe space to discuss issues and concerns that effect minority students in predominately white institutions and by offering the participants the opportunity to explore the types of institutional supports available to help with negotiating such environments.

Diversity Resource Centers

Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America
The Center for the Study of Race Ethnicity at Brown is an interdisciplinary program that develops and promotes research and programs on Race and Ethnicity. The Center also supports the Ethnic Studies concentration and curriculum.

Rites and Reason (Theatre program)
The mission of Rites and Reason is to develop new works for the American Stage, which analyze and articulate the phenomenal and universal odyssey of the African Diaspora. Over the years, the mission has grown to embrace the expression of other cultural experiences.

Pembroke Center
The Pembroke Center was established in 1981 as a research center on gender. Funded in its early years by the Ford Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Rockefeller Foundation, the Center now supports its programs largely through its endowment, made possible by generous alumnae and other donors.

Minority Medical Affairs
The Office of Minority Medical Affairs is responsible for the recruitment, selection, education, successful academic progression, and graduation of minority students from Alpert Medical School, and raising awareness about cultural competency and diversity.

Sarah Doyle Women’s Center
The SDWC welcomes those interested in the multiple issues around gender and the intersections of gender with other markers of identity. The Center offers a variety of services and programs, as well as meeting space for University and community groups.

Third World Center (TWC)
The Third World Center at Brown University, created in 1976, was designed to serve the interests and meet the needs of all Third World students and to promote racial and ethnic pluralism in the Brown community. The director of TWC holds an appointment as an associate dean of the college and supports the academic needs of Third World Students.

The LGBTQ Resource Center
The LGBTQ Center provides a comprehensive range of education, information and advocacy services on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer issues and works to create and maintain an open, safe and inclusive environment for LGBTQ students, faculty, and staff at Brown. The Center advises LGBTQ student groups and oversees LGBTQ programs such as the Safe Zone Ally Program, the Renn Mentoring Program, as well as the planning and implementation of social, cultural and educational programs planned by students during National Coming Out Week in October and Pride Month in April.

Brown Hillel
As the largest student organization on campus, Hillel offers performing artists, lectures, Jewish learning, symposiums, community action projects, Israel study, and a safe place for students to be Jewish. The foundation looks to sustain a vibrant Jewish community.

Housing Options
The Office of Residential Life is responsible for maintaining student residences which support the educational mission of Brown University and are designed to provide a variety of learning opportunities that promote students' academic endeavors, and which encourage their growth and development. The Office of Residential Life at Brown recognizes that learning is not solely academic in nature. A large part of learning inevitably takes place outside the classroom. We are committed to supporting that learning through the residential experiences we provide. At Brown, we recognize that personal growth and development are largely the result of student interactions within an extraordinarily diverse environment of people and programs. The Office of Residential Life is committed to providing students with a safe, comfortable and well-maintained living space in an academically enriching environment.

 

Veterans
The Office of Student Veterans and Commissioning Programs is a campus resource for student veterans, whether of the United States military or military service in other countries, and for students interesting in military officer commissioning programs, including ROTC."

International Students

International student resources and advising are provided by a variety of campus offices.  The International Student Resources page provides a comprehensive set of links and information to these services.

Student Organizations

There are several student organizations at Brown addressing the many facets of diversity. They include Arab-American Students Anti-Discrimination Coalition, Asian American Students Association, The Brotherhood, Brown Christian Fellowship, Brown International Organization, Brown Organization of Multiracial and Biracial Students, Brown Sistas United, Brown Taiwan Society, Cape Verdean Students Association, Brown Chinese Students and Scholars Association, El Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Atzlan, La Federacion de Estiadiantes Puertorriquenos, Filipino Alliance, Friends of Turkey, Hong Kong Students Association, Japanese Culture Association, Korean American Students Association, Latin American Students Association, Queer Alliance, Muslim Student Association, Organization of United African Peoples, Pakistani Students at Brown, South Asian Students Association, Students of Caribbean Ancestry, and the Young Communist League.