The Extras: Departmental Undergraduate Groups (DUG)



Hey! I’m Kimberly Davila, a first-year from East Los Angeles, California. I’m a new writer here for The Extras (and so excited for it). I am here to inform you about all the wonderful extracurriculars available to you on campus! With more than 500 student organizations, you will find a space on campus that suits your interests. Here’s to finding that space and making it your own


The open curriculum brings about an abundance of freedom in selecting courses to take. In order to engage with Brown’s open curriculum and effectively utilize its academic resources, Brown students are provided with an array of resources to achieve this. A great way to get involved within your academic department is through your Departmental Undergraduate Group (DUG).

Departmental Undergraduate Groups are concentrators of a department who meet and plan programming with department faculty and with the department administrative manager. In this, the goal of a DUG is to engage students in a community within the department, while strengthening their relationships with the other concentrators, professors, and alumni. This allows students at Brown to explore the variety of concentrations available on campus, while allowing concentrators of each department explore career opportunities after Brown.

DUGS are responsible for organizing anything from field trips, panels with guest speakers, workshops, lunches with faculty, thesis celebrations and more events. In order to check if your department has a DUG, you must check out the Focal Point website, where you will also find the DUG’s student leaders. If your department does not have a DUG, you can always start one yourself. DUGS are a great way to form connections with other people in your concentrations (who you will surely run into in your classes). Further, it’s a great way to get involved in improving your department, and gaining leadership skills while doing it.

Check out the  Focal Point website for more information on DUGS! 

Always extra,

Kimberly Davila

Don’t hesitate to reach out to me with any questions, comments, concerns, suggestions, etc.Feel free to email these to me at or simply leave them below! I would love to share my Brown experience with you all! Have a BEARable day!


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