Brown and Providence

At the core of the Brown story is the story of Providence and Rhode Island.
Across education, research, service, community engagement and the economy, Brown is deeply intertwined with the city we call home.

For more than two and a half centuries, Brown has been deeply connected to the diverse and vibrant City of Providence — as a neighbor, employer and institution dedicated to a mission of education, research and service.

At the heart of the relationship between the University and the people and organizations in the city and state is a commitment to productive engagement and partnership. In everything from improving medical care and public health, to community engagement activities, support for schools and our role in fueling the regional economy, we are deeply committed to investing in the success of our local community.

This commitment is brought to life each and every day by the work of faculty, staff, administrators, students and alumni across a wide range of Brown schools, departments, offices, centers, programs and initiatives. Brown is building innovative community partnerships and sustaining strong relationships with neighbors, nonprofit organizations, schools, civic organizations and businesses, dedicated to making a positive impact.

Health and Medicine in Rhode Island

Health and Medicinein Rhode Island

As a research university with the only schools of medicine and public health in the state, Brown contributes to world-class medical care, strong patient outcomes and innovative solutions for pressing health challenges facing communities across Rhode Island through its 全球官网电子游戏 Medical School, School of Public Health and affiliated programs.

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Brown and Providence Public Schools

For decades, Brown has worked closely with school leaders in Providence to support K-12 education through teaching, training and mentoring, research, volunteer efforts and financial investments aligned with the schools’ priorities.

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Brown and Providence Public Schools
Economic Impact and Community Engagement

Economic Impact and Community Engagement

Brown is a vital anchor institution in the City of Providence and Rhode Island that plays a significant role in the economic well-being of the state. As an academic institution driven by a mission of service, Brown makes a significant impact through its research and teaching, as well as its community engagement activities. Students, faculty and staff partner with local stakeholders to run after-school programs, address homelessness, assist refugees, provide health care, clean streets, curate museum exhibitions and much more.

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Top 10 employer in Rhode Island with 1,500 Brown employees living in Providence

$200 M+ per year in research spending fueling the local economy

$225 M+ invested in the Jewelry District in the past decade

$70 M+ in direct payments to Providence between 2012 and 2021

460 community activities in which Brown students, faculty and staff partner with local stakeholders

$1 Million+ given directly to Providence Public School District every year

Local Impact

Community Investments

Brown is the eighth largest private employer in the state and generates significant economic activity in Rhode Island. Brown’s Office of Government and Community Relations cultivates the partnership with city and state and offers data highlighting ongoing financial investments and contributions to the community.

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Brown Gives

The University's annual workplace fundraising campaign has raised millions of dollars over decades to support United Way of Rhode Island, which provides programming and resources to assist Rhode Islanders in need.

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Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship

The Nelson Center’s mission is to empower the greater Brown community to create solutions that make a positive impact through a range of programs and collaborations, including an after-school innovation accelerator for Providence high school students.

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Sustainability Strategic Plan

Developed in consultation with faculty experts, students, staff and other community members, Brown’s Sustainability Strategic Plan identifies five key commitments to action to mitigate Brown’s impact on climate and pollution, as well as biodiversity loss in Rhode Island and beyond.

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Brown Arts Institute

Part of the BAI’s mission is to support the broader Rhode Island community through a number of initiatives, including grants for artists and a songwriting workshop, and hosts publicly accessible art exhibitions and theater, dance, music and film productions that showcase world-renowned artists each semester.

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