Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, has launched a new visiting professors program aimed at increasing the racial and ethnic diversity of the people who are instructing the university’s students. Under the Provost’s Visiting Professors program, scholars from underrepresented groups will spend between one and four semesters on the Brown campus.
Richard M. Locke, provost at Brown, explained that “this program will help Brown build a critical mass of diverse faculty and scholars. It will also reinforce the university’s commitment to cultivating an open and rigorous academic community and potentially serve as a powerful recruitment tool.”
Christopher Rose, associate dean of the faculty for special initiatives added that “what makes this program so attractive is that visiting scholars will not only become part of the Brown community for a time, but also participate in a coordinated effort to increase the numbers of historically underrepresented scholars and students at Brown.”