by Anna Thomas
Ashley Brown, who has a strong background in social justice education and student engagement, is the new director of the Student Center for Social Justice and Identity.
Housed within the Office of the Dean of Students, the center’s mission is to promote a campus environment informed by cultural competence and inclusiveness. Brown’s responsibilities will include developing and executing strategic initiatives, programming, and supporting Vanderbilt’s multicultural, international, and underrepresented student leaders and organizations.
“Ashley provides excellent leadership to our equity, diversity and inclusion efforts with our student groups and programs,” said Mark Bandas, Vice Provost and Dean of Students. “His experience creating and delivering cultural competency training will help advance the mission of the Student Center for Social Justice and Identity.”
Brown comes to Vanderbilt from Georgia State University, where she served as associate director for equity, diversity and inclusion for college housing for three years.
She holds a Master of Arts from Bowling Green State University and is a doctoral candidate in education, specializing in student affairs leadership, slated to graduate in May from the University of Georgia.
While at Georgia State University, she co-designed a year-long EDI program for professional staff that developed knowledge, skills, and awareness around identities. She has also created and facilitated social justice and cultural competency training for university housing staff, students and professionals. In addition, she developed, taught and evaluated a 12-week cultural competency seminar.