Kent State’s Alfreda Brown Honored With Diversity Visionary Award

Vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion recognized for pioneering diversity initiatives

Alfreda Brown, Ed.D., Kent State University’s vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion, has been selected to receive a Diversity Visionary Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education.

Alfreda Brown“I sincerely appreciate this award, and it was a real surprise to me, because I didn’t know I had been nominated,” Brown said.

INSIGHT Into Diversity honors individuals who have made significant past and present contributions to diversity in higher education with its Diversity Visionary Awards. The honorees are nominated by colleagues and selected by the INSIGHT Into Diversity staff. Diversity Visionary Award recipients are recognized throughout the year in each issue of the magazine.

“When it comes to diversity, vision typically begins with me but actualizing the vision takes so much more thought and participation,” Brown said. “It doesn’t just happen solely because of my efforts. It’s a result of many conversations, particularly with my leadership team. It’s the result of having a strategic direction that is developed by a team of great people.”

Brown’s nomination letter highlighted several of her hallmark diversity initiatives at Kent State, including writing and launching the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Action Plan, implementing the Diversity Scorecard process, and spearheading the AALANA (African-American, Latino-American and Native American) faculty recruitment, retention, mentoring and success plan.

The magazine cites Brown’s passion and vision driving her toward the goal of reaching inclusive excellence with the campus community and beyond.

Brown credits much of her success to reaching out to deans, department chairs and faculty to foster a team approach.

“I’m a strong believer in building collaborative relationships,” Brown said.

Brown’s individual honor comes on the heels of Kent State being selected as a recipient of the 2014 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity for the second year in a row. The annual HEED Award is a national honor recognizing U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. As a recipient of this award, Kent State is featured in INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine’s November 2014 issue.

In her nomination letter, Iris E. Harvey, Kent State’s vice president for university relations, said,

“Her work includes collaborating with the faculty and staff to expand cultural capacities and bring about a greater understanding and valuing of differences as well as to build and sustain strategic partnerships with diverse populations, communities and schools to enhance the goals and objectives of diversity and inclusion at Kent State, across Northeast Ohio, throughout Ohio and nationally.”

Kent State’s Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion oversees the university’s diversity and inclusion initiatives. Its goal is to maximize individual and collective contributions and create an environment that welcomes diversity of thought, personal growth, academic attainment and above-average achievement. 

For more information about INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine and the Diversity Visionary Awards, visit

For more information about Kent State’s Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, visit

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POSTED: Thursday, November 13, 2014 03:32 PM
Updated: Thursday, November 2, 2023 03:06 PM
Bob Burford