Brown-Tougaloo Partnership
April 16, 2021
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The Conversation

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The Conversation is an undergraduate multi-cultural dialogue on race, (in)justice and law.

Brown University, Tougaloo College and the University of New Mexico School of Law have partnered to host a three-week summer research dialogue among rising second, third- and fourth-year undergraduates around issues of race, justice and the law as they have affected “involuntary Americans” (e.g., Indigenous peoples here before Columbus, Black people brought by enslavement, Mexicans here before the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, and immigrants brought as children). Participants will be encouraged to consider career pathways in academia, law, and combinations thereof in hopes that they can, in the course of their careers, further ongoing conversations and work on the issues involved. 

This initiative will be piloted thanks to a generous gift by Brown-Tougaloo Council member, Michael Gross ’64, P’93 P’05 and his wife Andrea Gross.  

Program dates: June 1, 2021 - June 18, 2021

Apply to join The Conversation at 
Application opens: March 20, 2021
Application deadline: April 30, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. (noon) EST.

Program Components

  • Explore frameworks and engage in cross-cultural dialogue regarding the themes of race, place, history, economics and the law.
  • Virtual educational experiences with the multicultural history of New Mexico
  • Develop a prospectus: a concept paper including a thesis, research plan and bibliography for future academic research.

Who Should Apply?

All rising second, third- and fourth-year undergraduate students from Brown University, Tougaloo College and the University of New Mexico are encouraged to apply. The application opens on March 20, 2021, and the application deadline is April 25, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. (noon) EST.

Applicants should be prepared to answer the following questions when completing the form. We encourage you to compose your responses using a word processing program (e.g. Microsoft Word, Google Docs, etc.), then copy and paste the final version of your responses into the application.

  • In what ways will participating in The Conversation impact your personal and professional trajectory?
  • The Conversation centers on the forced assimilation experiences of members of the African Diaspora, Indigenous people and descendants of those marked by the area of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. How would you contribute to a dialogue about these groups from a historical, economic and judicial perspective? If you or your family have a personal connection to the experiences of these groups, please describe it in your response. 
  • Describe any coursework you believe has prepared you for this opportunity.
  • Describe your future professional and academic goals.
  • Participation in The Conversation requires that you develop a prospectus including a thesis, research plan and bibliography. What themes or topics will you examine for your prospectus? Please provide a rationale.


The is a FREE initiative. Participants will receive a $1,500 stipend for their participation in the program.


For questions, please use the links below to be redirected to an email address for a point of contact.