In February 2016, Brown University released Pathways to Diversity and Inclusion: An Action Plan for Brown University to create a more diverse and inclusive community and to ensure that this work — which is essential to fulfilling Brown’s vision for academic excellence — is centered in all aspects of University life. The Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan, or DIAP, focuses on a set of concrete, achievable actions.
In 2021, five years after the DIAP, Brown released DIAP Phase II, which re-commits to the goals established in the original action plan. Phase II does not replace the DIAP, but rather is a companion of the original document.
Through these plans, Brown has committed to transforming the policies, structures and practices that have led to the exclusion — rather than the meaningful inclusion — of some members of the community.
The strengths of the DIAP are its concrete, measurable goals; University-wide engagement by academic and administrative units across campus to achieve the goals; and commitment to accountability through a robust system of oversight.