Current Status Report - September 2011
Text in red denotes new activity since previous status report.

Develop closer and more collaborative ties with neighbors and neighboring institutions

Action Taken

  • Established the Civic Leadership Council to bring prominent community members together with the University’s senior administrators on a regular basis for advice and feedback
  • Continued to meet regularly with Community Working Group to strengthen the University’s ties to the local neighbors and hear their concerns about the University’s plans for expansion, parking, and other issues of interest to the community
  • Conducted meetings with the College Hill Neighborhood Association, Community Working Group, Moses Brown School, Wheeler School, PAUR, and Facilities Management to better manage communications efforts for capital projects that affect the community
  • Partnered with neighbors and other institutions to address important College Hill neighborhood issues, such as parking
  • Received approval from the City Plan Commission for Brown’s 5-yearInstitutional Master Plan
  • Created a College Hill parking task force to address issues of traffic, safety, congestion, and parking shortages
  • Established a Swearer Center Community Fellows program to recognize the leadership and expertise of community leaders and support their work with Brown faculty and students
  • Organized, through the Swearer Center, Annenberg Institute, and Providence Plan, a summer seminar series for city and community leaders to discuss key Providence issues with Brown staff and students
  • Joined Jewelry District Association board of directors, reflecting Brown’s growing presence in Jewelry District
  • Launched series of activities and events to strengthen community interaction, including bi-monthly forums; community skating; community night at the Faculty Club; and theater night
  • Sponsored community cultural activities such as Concerts, Under the Elms and WaterFire
  • Worked closely with community members and student groups to ensure activities like Spring Weekend are welcome and cause minimal disruption for neighbors
  • Worked with the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities-RI to launch the BRIdge program aimed at retaining recent college graduates in the state
  • Maintained and increased communications with residential, commercial, and institutional neighbors around issues of impact, with a special focus on construction but also including other topics such as upcoming events at Brown
  • Conducted meetings with representatives from Moses Brown, Wheeler, College Hill Neighborhood Association, Fox Point Neighborhood Association, Jewelry District Association and Community Working Group to review proposed Institutional Master Plan
  • Continued, enhanced, and increased the series of activities and events designed to strengthen community interaction, including bi-monthly forums, community skating, theatre night, movie night, and music and munchies at the Faculty Club
  • Increased presence at community events and offered Brown-branded merchandise as gifts to community members, such as at the Rhode Island Historical Society’s Concerts Under the Elms, sponsored in part by Brown
  • Expanded communications with residential, commercial, and institutional neighbors around issues of interest and impact, such as construction activities, upcoming events at Brown and news items of interest
  • Developed community engagement plan for the Granoff Center--with emphasis on the Providence Public Schools
  • Established Pedestrian Safety Committee to increase pedestrian and bicycle safety on and around the Brown campus.  Recommendations recently implemented include increasing the number of crosswalks, adding signage to existing crosswalks, conducting a safety awareness campaign, and training key people on pedestrian safety including campus tour guides

Action Needed

  • Continue efforts to communicate with neighbors and incorporate their input into University decision-making
  • Develop programs and celebrations to invite neighbors and community members to tour new facilities, such as the Granoff Center and Robert Center, once opened
  • Continue to work with Jewelry District Association and others to create more and better public spaces, increase programs and activities available to the whole community, and improve safety and security in the Jewelry District
  • Implement programs and celebrations to invite neighbors and community members to tour new facilities, such as the Granoff Center and Medical Education Building


  • Vice President for Public Affairs and University Relations
  • Executive Vice President for Planning

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