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The Third World Center (TWC, the Center) seeks to provide students at Brown University a variety of opportunities to engage in the academic endeavors of the University and to integrate their curricular and co-curricular interests. Accordingly, the Center’s mission is fourfold:

  1. To provide an environment in which Arab, Asian, Black, Latino, Multiracial, and Native American students can feel comfortable celebrating their cultural heritages;
  2. To provide a base from which Third World students can have an impact as a community at Brown;
  3. To expand the social awareness of the University community with regards to current issues involving the status of Third World people at Brown University and in society at large; and
  4. To equip students with life-long skills to aid them as they navigate their journey at Brown and beyond.

The overarching purpose of the Center is to make significant contributions to the personal and intellectual growth of students at Brown.


Originally from the West Coast, Karynn Ikeda ‘10.5 is a former MPC Friend ’06-’07 and Asian/Asian American History Month Programmer ’09-’10. She has been actively involved in the TWC since her freshman year and has had the privilege of attending and volunteering for three TWTP’s. This past year, she also worked with the Multicultural Alumni Council to establish its Facebook presence.