Robert Brown

Director, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Outreach at Northwestern University

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Rob currently serves as the Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Outreach at Northwestern University Medill School, where he works collaboratively to advance social justice, strengthen pedagogy and policy, and develop programs that foster acceptance and inclusion at Medill and in the industries they serve. He also provides organizational development consultation and training with a focus on social justice, leadership and organizational change. Prior to joining Medill, he served as the Inaugural Director of Social Justice Education, where he led several curricular and co-curricular social justice education initiatives. He held professional roles in Residence Life and Multicultural Affairs at Washington University in St. Louis and University of Wisconsin – Madison. He holds a BS in Finance and Community Service Studies, MA in Student Affairs Administration from Michigan State University, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Higher Education Leadership at Colorado State University. He 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 NASPA and ACPA. Most recently, he co-authored Identity-Conscious Supervision in Student Affairs: Building Relationship & Transforming Institutions, which was published by Routledge. He works diligently to bring his professional experiences, research interests, and passion for social justice to life through his work as a social justice educator always seeking to create space for community building, healing, and liberation.

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