Networking for the Rich and Famous at Brown

February 25, 2019

An article in The Providence Journal reports on an invitation-only networking dinner, held each semester off campus, and organized and paid for by Martin J. Granoff, a trustee emeritus and major donor. The article takes a critical look at the event, quoting critics about how such events reinforce the class advantages that some at Brown enjoy. A university spokesman said that the events are not Brown functions, but the article noted that invitations come from Brown advancement officials and that the advancement office provides "logistical support" for the event.

A Brown spokesman said via email to Inside Higher Ed that advancement staff members helped with logistics "as a courtesy" to Granoff, who "does not have an administrative staff." But the spokesman said that the central administration was unaware of this until being contacted for the article and "has since clarified with staff that they should not assist with personal events."

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