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Robert Brown joins Medill as director of diversity, equity, inclusion and outreach

Inaugural position aims to advance equity and inclusion at Medill

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Robert Brown will join Medill as director of diversity, equity, inclusion and outreach in Fall 2021.

EVANSTON, ILL. -- Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications will welcome Robert Brown as its inaugural director of diversity, equity, inclusion and outreach this fall. Brown currently serves as director of social justice education at Northwestern University where he leads several curricular and co-curricular social justice education initiatives.

“I’m delighted to have Robert join us at Medill,” said Medill Dean Charles Whitaker. “The work that he will do will be instrumental in helping us to create a socially just community by continuing to strengthen our pedagogy and policies, and develop programs that foster acceptance and inclusion at Medill and in the industries we serve.”

Brown has presented across the country on topics related to social justice education, racial justice, inclusive pedagogy, identity-conscious supervision, assessment and evaluation, college men and masculinities, and civic engagement.

“I’m excited to be joining the Medill community,” said Brown. “I’m looking forward to collaborating closely with students, faculty, staff and external partners as we work collectively to advance equity and inclusion throughout the school’s programs, policies and practices.”

Brown is an alumnus of the Social Justice Training Institute (SJTI), a past faculty and intern with SJTI, lead facilitator with LeaderShape; and has held leadership roles in the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators and American College Personnel Association.

Brown has a bachelor’s degree in finance and community service studies from DePaul University, a master’s degree in student affairs administration from Michigan State University, and he is currently pursuing his PhD in higher education leadership at Colorado State University. Most recently, he co-authored “Identity-Conscious Supervision in Student Affairs: Building Relationship & Transforming Institutions,” published by Routledge.