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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.

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In the News

  • October 7, 2020

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    #IamRITfaculty campaign showcases some of RIT’s diverse outstanding scholars

    RIT’s Office of Faculty Recruitment is launching a series of videos to highlight diverse outstanding faculty from across the university. The series, titled #IamRITfaculty, kicked off Monday with an interview featuring Thomastine Sarchet, research faculty in the NTID Center for International Outreach. 

  • September 9, 2020

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    RIT program helps minority prospective faculty springboard their career searches

    RIT is hosting a two-day virtual program to help African American, Latino American, and Native American scholars and artists successfully navigate the career search process. RIT’s Future Faculty Career Exploration Program (FFCEP) will welcome its 17th cohort, inviting 16 scholars from universities across the nation.

  • June 25, 2020

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    Donathan Brown selected to serve as Fulbright Scholar Alumni Ambassador

    Donathan Brown, assistant provost and assistant vice president for faculty diversity and recruitment, is one of 13 scholars nationwide selected to serve in the latest cohort of the Fulbright Scholar Alumni Ambassadors program. Brown will serve a two-year stint in the program designed to increase the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program’s visibility nationwide and expand the diversity of future participants.