In the fall of 2009, Alfreda Brown Ed.D., was appointed as the first vice president for the division of diversity, equity and inclusion for Kent State University. The new division was created as an integral part of the excellence agenda at Kent. Its mission is to promote diversity, equity and inclusion across all eight Kent State campuses. Alfreda Brown joined Kent State after serving 21 years in various positions at Rochester Institute of Technology including Chair of the Commission for Promoting Pluralism, Assistant Dean and Interim Chief Diversity Officer. She served as a senior staff member to the institution’s president to implement and coordinate efforts that led toward a multicultural and inclusive campus.
Alfreda’s experience ranges from grassroots mentoring of individuals and underrepresented groups to teaching classes abroad, and leading university and community wide diversity initiatives. She is a strong advocate for strategic planning and results-oriented assessments to facilitate fact-based decision-making and the continuous improvement of diversity initiatives. Alfreda currently serves on the Steering Committee for Black Women’s Leadership Forum (Rochester New York), The Board of Directors for the State of Ohio League of Women Voters (Columbus, OH), The Board of Trustees for Our Lady of the Elms, (Akron, OH) and a board member of the Kent League of Women Voters in Kent, Ohio.
Alfreda has responsibility for the executive leadership and management of Kent State University’s diversity and inclusion matters, leading strategic diversity planning for the university and ensuring successful implementation of related policies, programs, and projects. Alfreda Brown holds a bachelor’s degree from Roberts Wesleyan College, a master’s degree from Rochester Institute of Technology and a doctorate degree from Nova Southeastern University.