Understanding Brown First
The Brown First policy was implemented as a way to help the University retain funds that previously had been spent with external vendors. Each year Brown Dining Services, Graphic Services and other auxiliary departments - which receive no general revenue from the University - contribute a significant portion of their annual earnings to Brown's operating budget, thereby allow the university to pursue priorities such as a robust financial aid program. By using the University 's own auxiliary departments for such services as catering, printing or copying, the auxiliary departments will be able to funnel more funds toward the university. Under this policy, Brown Dining Services and Graphic Services will have the first opportunity to provide services to the Brown community. All print jobs $500.00 or less are exempt from the Brown First policy and do not require prior approval from Graphic Services.
A list of restaurants and caterers on the Brown First list is available.