Brown University

Signatory: Richard M. Locke, Provost

Joined: November 2015

Contact: Dr. Carrie Nordlund, Associate Director of Public Policy Program

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An overview of existing initiatives at Brown that promote research on women and girls of color include the following:

  • Postdoctoral Fellowship in Race, Gender, and Inequality, funded through the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America and the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs. This two-year fellowship invites a scholar with interests in racial and gender inequality in the post 1970s US in areas such as urban poverty, gender, social and cultural theories of racism, segregation, housing or welfare.
  • Presidential Diversity Postdoctoral Fellowship to support early career scholars from diverse backgrounds (with particular attention to historically underrepresented groups in the academy) who show promise in certain integrative scholarship areas, and who also want to make an impact in the ethnic, gender, and racial diversity of the campus.
  • Support for women of color faculty, particularly junior faculty, in the form of research funding, mentorship, and other forms of professional development.
  • Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, in collaboration with the Brown Institute of Brain Sciences and the Brown University Graduate Women in Science and Engineering (GWiSE), a community to support women in science and engineering both within and beyond Brown, recently hosted a Young Scholars Conference to promote women in the brain sciences. Young Scholars Conferences will be organized in various integrative areas of scholarship across all disciplines, with the purpose of providing guidance, mentoring and professional development opportunities for scholars of color and women scholars who are advanced graduate students and postdocs preparing for the job market.
  • Brown University Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics (ICERM) hosted its second annual GirlsGetMath day camp, which aims at nurturing girls’ interest in mathematics and keeping them on track for promising careers in STEM fields.

“While these initiatives are important first steps toward promoting research on women and girls of color at Brown, our participation in the Collaborative will serve to identify areas for growth in academic departments and programs across the university. Specifically, we plan to build on the foundation that supports women and girls of color by allocating more resources to promoting additional research about women and girls of color.”

Richard M. Locke, Provost