In case you were wondering, Brown is just a few short steps away from solving racism in the United States. In what may very well be a cap to the university’s Diversity and Inclusion Plan, Brown’s directory has named Professor Tricia Rose “Director of Race and Ethnicity in America.” (Not the Center of the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America — just Race and Ethnicity in America.)
It seems that the administration was on a high after the resounding success of Blueno (slash “Untitled (Lamp/Bear)” — whatever) and decided to really bring it home. Is this a pre-release sneak peek of what’s to come for Brown University? I imagine the official announcement about Professor Rose’s new post will take place sometime soon (real shame that Family Weekend missed out on that one), and that the directory was meant to increase hype beforehand.
Personally, I cannot wait to see how Professor Rose puts this new power to use. Her qualifications in the field are indeed remarkable, evidenced by the four books to her name and rabid desire of undergraduates to register for her classes. But, unless I’m mistaken, I do not believe anyone has ever been afforded so much power in this particular area — truly an innovative move on the university’s part. Will other positions be doled out? Is there a Deputy Director, or is this more of a lone-ranger deal? I’m certain we’ll learn more soon — hopefully at a tasteful release party (which will almost inevitably be held in a large white tent on Ruth Simmons Quad, because let’s be real).
One can only wonder about what other new, groundbreaking (and totally real) positions Brown will announce in the future.