A number of University councils and groups that are advisory to the president contribute the diverse perspectives of Brown community members on a range of matters affecting University priorities, strategies, operations and community engagement.
The Brown University Community Council (BUCC) serves as a University-wide representative forum for discussion, debate and advisory recommendations on a wide spectrum of issues and concerns. It may, at its discretion, consider and advance questions of University community policy, the governing of the University and issues related to the overall welfare of the University and make recommendations regarding any such matters to the appropriate decision-making bodies of the University or to the appropriate officers of the University.
The Advisory Committee on University Resources Management (ACURM) is an advisory body to the president that considers how ethical and moral standards are applied across all of Brown’s business and investment practices in a manner consistent with the University’s mission and values. ACURM may consider requests by any member of the University community to examine issues with respect to the investment or expenditure of University financial resources, in accordance with its charge.
The Staff Advisory Council (SAC) comprises a diverse group of staff from across various offices and academic departments, who work directly with the administration to represent the interests of Brown employees. The council facilitates active and direct communication between staff and the administration and provides a forum for input and discussion of issues important to the staff and the University.
The Public Education Committee provides oversight for Brown’s relationship with Providence Public School District (PPSD) and is charged with recommending use of payouts from the Fund for the Education of the Children of Providence in ways that can most benefit Providence students. Members also play a key role in guiding the direction of K-12 education initiatives at Brown and ensuring that Brown is optimizing its resources to support PPSD in the most effective ways possible.
The University supports a number of groups comprising engaged alumni, parents and friends who are focused on various aspects of academics and operations. These groups are advisory to the president and are staffed by senior members of the administration. Members are selected for their valued expertise in the area of interest.