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Donathan Brown

Assistant Provost and AVP for Faculty Diversity and Recruitment

Office of Faculty Diversity and Recruitment
Diversity and Inclusion
Associate Professor

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Donathan Brown

Assistant Provost and AVP for Faculty Diversity and Recruitment

Office of Faculty Diversity and Recruitment
Diversity and Inclusion
Associate Professor

Bio

Dr. Donathan Brown is the inaugural Assistant Provost and Assistant Vice President for Faculty Diversity and Recruitment. In addition, Dr. Brown is an Associate Professor, former U.S. Fulbright Professor, recently appointed member of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) climate justice working group, and is a US Fulbright Scholar Alumni Ambassador.

On the academic side, Dr. Brown is an expert on race and public policy, especially as it pertains to African Americans and Latinos. His research has materialized in both books and articles spanning topics ranging from voting rights, immigration reform and civil rights. Dr. Brown has provided expert commentary for many major media outlets, ranging from Forbes to the Huffington Post, along with multiple media outlets in Canada and Slovenia

On the administrative side, Dr. Brown leads the Office of Faculty Diversity and Recruitment. In this capacity, Dr. Brown provides institutional leadership for the effective recruitment and advancement of a diverse and excellent faculty body. He places particular emphasis on recruiting historically underrepresented faculty and providing strategic guidance to support retention-related efforts that include professional development, mentoring, academic diversity and equity, work-life policies and other climate issues.

585-475-7169

In the News

  • October 21, 2020

    man leaning against stone column in outdoor plaza.

    The Souls of Black Professors  

    Inside Higher Ed talks to Donathan Brown, assistant provost for diversity and inclusion, about barriers facing Black faculty members.

  • October 21, 2020

    Sophia Maggelakis, dean of the College of Science, speaking at a podium

    College of Science receives RIT’s 2020 Changing Hearts and Minds Award

    RIT’s College of Science is being recognized for its success diversifying the university’s faculty ranks and helping to advance RIT’s overall commitment to diversity. The college earned RIT’s 2020 Changing Hearts and Minds Award, sponsored annually by RIT’s Office of the Provost and the Office of Faculty Diversity and Recruitment. It marks the third time the college has received the award.