Brown-Tougaloo Partnership

Founded in 2007, the Bernstein Scholars Program funds student-led research projects that have an impact on student learning while improving and fostering the partnership between Brown University and Tougaloo College.

The Black Lavender Experience (BLX) is a theatre and conversation convergence sparked by Queer artists of color. It is a 4-day convergence of ideas and issues presented through the lens of provocative theatre, dramatic presentations, and conversations featuring artisist and students from  from Tougaloo College and Brown University.

The Bonner Community Fellows, an initiative of the Swearer Center for Public Service at Brown University, combines students’ community engagement interests with their academic and career goals. Participants engage in a week-long trip to Tougaloo College in their sophomore year to dive deeper into the history of the Civil Rights Movement through engaging with the Tougaloo community, meeting with local activists and touring the Mississippi Delta.

The Civil Rights Trip at Tougaloo College offers Brown undergraduates the opportunity over spring break to conduct archival research and discover the rich history and culture of Mississippi broadly with time spent in the Delta.

The Alpert Medical School's Early Identification Program (EIP) in Medicine offers Tougaloo pre-med students a route to apply for early admission. The EIP was responsible for 3% of the MD class of 2023. The program provides fee waivers, MCAT waivers, application support, and targeted recruiting on Tougaloo’s campus. The EIP continues to be a special highlight of the partnership as one of the longest standing active programs between the institutions.

The iProv Fellowship, an initiative of the Swearer Center and Career LAB, provides Brown and Tougaloo undergraduate students with a $4,000 stipend to work full-time in 8-10 week internships with nonprofit organizations based in the greater Providence area. Students are part of a structured and supportive cohort that meets regularly to build skills and competencies for community engagement.

The Partnership in Public Health Program offers Tougaloo sophomores a route to apply for early admission to Brown's Brown's Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program. Students study at both Tougaloo College and Brown University, ultimately earning a bachelor’s degree from Tougaloo and a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from Brown.

Founded in 1964, the Semester Exchange Program offers undergraduates the opportunity to study at the partner institution for one semester. Since its inception over 300 students have taken advantage of this exchange program.

In 2014, Brown University's Sigma Xi Honor Society chapter began inducting high achieving science students from Tougaloo College on an annual basis. Individuals are selected for induction by partners at Tougaloo College. 

Building on the Symposium hosted by the Science Center at Brown University in 2017, two faculty, Sharon Streeter (Tougaloo) and Parker VanValkenburgh (Brown), began conversations regarding a mapping project of the Bodie Plantation. A follow-up meeting for STEM faculty was convened in 2018 at the Brown University Science Center to build on these discussions.

During the summer, students have the opportunity to conduct research at Brown University through The Leadership Alliance and various departments and disciplines. Brown students may participate in research at The Jackson Heart Study Program and/or conduct independent research in other disciplinary areas at Tougaloo College.

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.  

The Undergraduate Summer Session at Brown offers Tougaloo College undergraduates the opportunity to take courses at Brown University during the summer. Brown University Summer Session features small classes in a variety of fields, from anthropology to visual arts. Approximately 500 students enroll in Summer Session, so classes are typically small, allowing for dynamic discussions, friendly student support, and plenty of time with your instructor and peers.