Brown sets new $4 billion goal, extends BrownTogether fundraising campaign through 2024
Building on the strength of Brown’s academic programs in the arts has been a priority since the campaign launch, with funding supporting the growth of the Brown Arts Institute, its initiatives and facilities. In addition to final fundraising for a new Performing Arts Center, which will open in 2023 and be an incubator for boundary-pushing creative work, the BAI in the coming years plans to expand its impact by forming new collaborations with other academic units and organizations across campus and the external community; developing new courses; and establishing the Brown Artistic Innovators program, which will bring artists to campus as long-term partners with students and faculty.
Avery Willis Hoffman, artistic director for the Brown Arts Institute, said these activities will attract more students to the creative arts at Brown, regardless of their concentrations, an outcome that has wide-ranging benefits: “If you take a holistic approach to educating students that includes their creative side and their practical or scientific side, you will produce students who have compassion, empathy and think beyond themselves, which is something we need even more today and as we move to the future,” Hoffman said. “If young people can be in a place that acknowledges their humanity in this way, they’ll emerge as better citizens.”
Support for students, from scholarships to career preparation
Among the most important campaign priorities from the BrownTogether launch has been making a Brown education accessible to incredibly talented students, regardless of socioeconomic background. Financial aid will remain a lead priority during the extension.
Additional funds will be raised to fully endow The Brown Promise, which replaced loans with scholarships in all of the University’s undergraduate financial aid packages, and to complete the Veterans Financial Aid Initiative, which will enable the University to meet 100% of the total cost of attendance for qualified military veterans and expand the number of student-veterans at Brown. Both of these initiatives have benefitted from strong donor interest and support.
A specific focus during the extension will be scholarship support for international students at Brown. The University is raising funds with the goal of becoming the sixth university in the United States to admit international undergraduates without considering financial need, beginning with those applying to the Class of 2029. Becoming need blind for international students will allow more students from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds from across the globe to consider Brown as a home to pursue their college education.
“While we have seen the University’s overall financial aid budget grow significantly in the past decade, financial support for international students has not kept that same pace,” Paxson said. “We want to be able to admit exceptional international students to Brown, regardless of their financial resources. A diverse student population brings distinct experiences and perspectives to our overall student community that helps students prepare for lives and careers with meaning and purpose in our global society.”
In a separate initiative, the University aims to strengthen the student experience by raising funds to establish best-in-class career preparation programming at Brown. This vision includes reorienting Brown’s career services to encourage students to engage in internships and immersive learning experiences to explore which career paths are a good fit. It also includes activating a larger portion of the alumni and parent community to serve as mentors to students; better integrating faculty into the work of diversifying career pathways for students; strengthening relationships with external employers and recruiters; and forming a stronger link between student employment opportunities and career exploration. All of this will build on the success of the Center for Careers and Life after Brown (CareerLAB) and BrownConnect — an initiative that takes advantage of a digital platform to connect students with alumni for mentoring, advice and internships.
Strengthening Brown athletics and recreation
BrownTogether campaign funding has helped to elevate Brown’s Division of Athletics and Recreation and enrich the scholar-athlete experience through new coaching chairs, premier facilities for training and competition, and funds for student-athlete recruitment and development. M. Grace Calhoun, the division’s vice president who joined Brown in 2021, said Brown Athletics is embarking on a bold vision for the future, and the extended campaign can bring investments that will advance a vision to “reimagine athletics and fulfill championship aspirations.”
“All of the programs within Brown Athletics and Recreation — nationally competitive varsity sports, abundant club-team opportunities, spirited intramurals and classes for casual fitness participants — drive engagement, strengthen community, build pride and promote wellness across our full student body,” Calhoun said. “These programs can transform lives through competition, holistic development and a focus on wellness, and we truly have an opportunity to re-envision how and where students compete, gather together and grow.”