After a working draft of the DIAP was distributed to the Brown community on Nov. 9, 2015, the University received input through an online feedback form, meetings, campus discussions, forums, emails and letters. A comment period expected to close in December 2015 was extended to January 2016 to ensure that all members of the community could fully express their views.
The University shared the expectation that all students, faculty and staff would fully own and take responsibility for what would become the community’s plan to confront the very real issues of racism and lack of inclusion at Brown. University leaders acknowledged that the draft plan built on a history of student and community activism in the struggle against racism, intolerance and discrimination. The continuing contributions of students, faculty and staff would ensure a stronger plan and add to generations of efforts to make Brown better.
Feedback from all sources throughout the community engagement process — students, faculty, staff and alumni — amounted to more than 720 comments, edits and proposals that were considered in finalizing the document. The Brown community contributed proposals for action items in areas including:
- Student, staff and faculty recruitment, retention and financial support
- Support for specific historically underrepresented groups
- University governance
- Community engagement
- The plan, including accountability and definitions of diversity and inclusion, etc.
In a detailed campus engagement process, the University shared with the community how recommendations were incorporated into the plan.
The release of the DIAP launched a campus-wide effort to address issues of racism and various forms of discrimination that can interfere with sustaining a campus environment where all members can fulfill their potential as students, scholars, professionals and leaders.
DIAP Phase II
Five years into implementation of the DIAP, the process to develop DIAP Phase II emerged from years of collecting information from the Brown community about areas of work that were effective and others needing improvement.
In spring and summer 2020, the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity (OIED) met with several governance groups representing faculty, students and staff, and various diversity deans to review progress and plans for implementing the second phase of the DIAP. In addition to these meetings, OIED hosted a series of community town halls to discuss DIAP Phase II with students, faculty and staff.
Building on the ideas brought forward in these forums and various discussions over several years, OIED met with offices that were responsible for implementing specific actions in the 2016 DIAP to inform the development of DIAP Phase II. President Paxson shared DIAP Phase II with the Brown community in spring 2021.