Brown Timeline 2000-2016

2000- Affinity groups for alumni of color are created

2000 – The student GISP on “Third World Activism and Institutional Change” is approved.

2001 – African American Studies is departmentalized and renamed Africana Studies

2001 – BDH publishes advertisement against reparations by conservative activist David Horowitz. Students destroy the run of the paper.

May 2001 – Interim President Sheila Blumstein releases “Reflections on a Shared Vision for Diversity and Community”

July 1, 2001- Brown’s first African American president (who is also a woman!) is appointed (Ruth J. Simmons) and she becomes the first black president of an Ivy League

Article by the Brown ACLU condemning student action destroying the paper.

2002 – Brown begins need-blind admission

2003 – Steering Committee on Slavery and Justice established, including faculty, staff, and students

September 13, 2006 – Campus march against police brutality, with chants of ‘Brown is brown,” after a Black graduate student in Computer Science  is racially profiled and arrested

October 2006 – The report of the Committee on Slavery and Justice is released.

2006 – Diversity action plan released under President Simmons, set diversity goals with the help of the newly established Office of Institutional Diversity, and instructs the Provost to begin need-blind admission

February, 2007 – University releases its official response to the Slavery and Justice report

March 30, 2007 – The TWC celebrates its 30th year

September 8, 2008 – TWTP continues to be defined as “separatist,” prompting this reply by two participants and leaders

March 18, 2011 – the University releases a “follow-up” document on the Slavery & Justice report, to show what has been done since 2006

October 5, 2011 – Occupy College Hill

May 2012 – Brown Daily Herald proclaims that the Slavery and Justice report has been forgotten, or that it is “dead”

September 2012: Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice opens in Alumnae Hall.

October 2013: President Paxson issues her report on the university’s possible divestment from coal. Brown Divest Coal. Majority of Undergrads Support Coal Divestment. Campus reacts to Coal Decision. Paxson: Next Steps in the Consideration of Divestment, Rationalizing the Divestment Decision. Divest Coal: Learning to Respect Boundaries. No to Coal Divestment. Facebook Page

Poll shows mixed opinions on Ray Kelly, coal divestment

Seeking influence, students form activist group

Student website created prior to the lecture

Editorial: Let Kelly speak — and respond

October 29, 2013: Ray Kelly lecture cancelled after students protest. President Paxson issues a letter to the campus community

Letters: Community responses to Kelly lecture cancellation continue

Hundreds assemble to confront Kelly controversy

Kelly lecture spurs student, community backlash

Editorial: Ray Kelly lecture offers lens to examine local policies

Fong ’14, Kwon ’14, Li ’14, Rajan ’15, Furuyama ’15: Freedom of speech or freedom to silence?

Hauptman ’14, Soloway ‘14.5, Souza ’14: It’s not about crime…

Hare ’14: Solidarity against Kelly undermines U.’s credibility

November 2013: In the wake of the controversy, UCS debates whether the name of the TWC is too political

Teach-in addresses racial implications of policing practices

Letters: More respond to Ray Kelly controversy

Brown Retreats from Free Speech

Letter: Kelly was not silenced

Gordon ’14: Kelly protesters empowered the voiceless

Letters: Protest blocked free speech

University to create committee in wake of Kelly protest

Poll shows mixed opinions on Ray Kelly, coal divestment

Letter: Paxson’s letter misses the point of discourse

Organizers and supporters of the demonstration against Ray Kelly: Standing for racial justice: A public statement

Editorial: The function of the University

Letter: On Ray Kelly protest, fault lies with Paxson

Paxson names members of Ray Kelly committee

Janus Forum holds student conversation on protest

Letter: Kelly committee seeks dispassionate review

December 2013: Teach-in recounts history of activism

Legacies of Dissent: A Brief History of Activism at Brown

Blog about history of Races Brown

February 2014: First report is issued.

Ray Kelly committee releases initial report

How A Talk Got Aborted

March 2014:

Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice moves from Alumnae Hall to a new, stand-alone building on Waterman Street

April 2014:

Mills ’15: The commissioner and the kingpin

Sclove sexual assault case, protest of rape culture and mishandling issues

May 20, 2014:

Lena Sclove appears on Democracy Now

Second report on Ray Kelly is issued

September 2014:

President Paxson issues her response to the reports


Paxson responds to Kelly reports

October 2014:

Miller: Two cheers for academic freedom at Brown


Tobolowsky GS: Freedom of expression is for everybody


Year Later, Kelly still fuels campus debates

November 2014:  

Janus Forum brings Wendy McElroy and Jessica Valenti to debate.


Students and activists briefly shut down Route 95 after the Ferguson non-indictment.

Brown University’s Two-faced Attitude Toward Free Speech

December 2014:

200 students stage “die-in” on the main green after Ferguson grand jury decision

Die-in at Brown University

Amidst campus dialogue, students confront racial perceptions

March 2015:  

Students protest rape culture at Brown.

Debate intensifies over Brown’s handling of GHB, sexual assault cases

A Brown Bites Guide: The Phi Psi, GHB and Sexual Assault Cases

Corporation ties to student accused of serving GHB questioned

Hundreds march on U. Hall to protest handling of cases

Letter: Brown should ban fraternities

March in April 2015 for sexual assault awareness

Students protest at women leaders panel

Weinstein ’17: Sexual assault and conflict of interest

October 2015:  

“The White Privilege of Cows” is published.


BDH editors issue an apology.


Black student groups issued a response to the BDH editorials.


Daily Beast publishes essay critical of the BDH’s removal of the editorials.


Native students stage a die-in on the main green.

November 2015:

Brown Stands in Solidarity with Mizzou and Yale


First faculty letter appears in BDH


Geovanni Cuevas assaulted at Spanish House.


Uprising Against President Paxson


First draft of the “Pathways to Inclusion” released


Grad Students of Color post essay in the Huff Post

Campus “Blackout”

December 2015:  

“Day of Reclamation,” as students occupy parts of University Hall. As a part of it, students publish a list of demands

February 2016:  

Final version of “Pathways to Inclusion” released.

Second faculty letter in the BDH


Fall Weekend renamed Indigenous People’s Day


Brown Students Failing Because of Protests

March 2016:

Brown Students Protest Guest Speaker

Mock cancels lecture amid student protest

Anti-Semitic, homophobic vandalism found in Marcy House

SJP: Petitioning against Hillel is not anti-semitic

Hummus options added after SJP protest

April 2016:

Brown Students Accuse Graduate of Cultural Appropriation

Years of activism shape Paxson administration

UCS presidential candidates outline social justice-oriented agendas

July 2016:

Brown’s Censorship Culture

Brown alum’s film blasts PC culture at Ivy League school

Silence U: Is the University Killing Free Speech and Open Debate?

Student Activists Want to Teach, Not Learn

Free Inquiry vs. Social Justice at Brown University

Being a victim can be a source of power on college campuses

November 2016: Brown Students Threw Out American Flags

#ourcampus walk out/ protest, students demand Brown be a sanctuary campus

#ourcampus walkout

December 2016: Brown Bites: A Year in Review

February 2018: Student Response to the Circulation of Anti-Black Pamphlets