Wendy McRae-Owoeye, Director of Staff Diversity and University Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Officer

Wendy earned a B.A. in Economics and English at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J.  Before joining Brown University in 2006, she  received  a J.D.  at  Roger Williams University, School  of Law, Bristol, Rhode Island. Wendy is also certified in Diversity Management by Cornell University in New York and certified as a mediator by Cambridge Dispute Settlement in Massachusetts.

Her earlier experiences were in Human Resources in corporate America, at General Electric Capital and Unilever, as the Regional Human Resources Director managing all aspects of human resources at seven sites including two corporate offices in the United States and Puerto Rico. At Coca Cola, as the Divisional Human Resource Manager, she had human resources divisional responsibilities including the management of all employee and labor relations sites for a multi-national manufacturer of name brand food products including Ragu sauces, Hellman’s Mayonnaise, Skippy Peanut butter, Slim Fast and I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter. She also successfully defended the company's interest in all Office of Federal Compliance Contract Program Audits, Occupational Safety and Health Administration audits, and the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination and Affirmative Action Plan audits. In this role, she also served as overseer of performance reviews, discipline, hires, promotions, and terminations.

As the former Director of Employee Relations and Performance Development at Brown University, Wendy confidentially guided staff and management through the process of developing answers, solutions and strategies to deal fairly, legally and effectively with issues that impact performance, organizational effectiveness, and morale.  In her current and expanded role at Brown University as Director of Staff Diversity and University Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Officer, Wendy continues to create "a welcoming and inclusive, and respectful work environment.” She is well known for a variety of reasons at Brown and in the professional community for her popular Diversity Training series and culturally sensitive mediation skills.

 Wendy’s responsibilities include,  but are not limited to the following areas:

  • Managing  federal and state compliance  with the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs 
  • Administering the University Faculty and Staff Assistance Program
  • Coaching, counseling, mediating, and resolving conflict related to communication and work style differences
  • Identifying hiring and retention strategies 
  • Investigating complaints and recommending solutions 
  • Providing Sexual Harassment, Workplace Harassment, Discrimination, Title IX, and Diversity and Inclusion awareness and prevention training
  • Serving as the University Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Officer 
  • Providing support  individuals with disabilities and veterans

Wendy serves on the following boards:

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island, Corporation Board Member
  • Miriam Hospital Board of Governors
  • Miriam Hospital Board of Ethics
  • OIC – Center for the New Economy of Rhode Island

Recognitions:

  • 2009 - Excellence in Diversity by Hispanic Network Magazine, Black EOE Journal Magazine, and Women’s Magazine;
  • 2010 - Awarded Best of the Best Top Colleges & Universities for Women & Diversity Outreach Efforts by Professional Women’s Magazine
  • 2012 - CUPA-HR Emerging Leader. Nominated and identified by the CUPA-HR National Board of Directors as a future leader for CUPA-HR. CUPA provides global leadership to the higher education human resources profession and the higher education community providing vital resources to more than 14,000 higher education HR professionals at over 1,800 institutions
  • 2013 - Awarded Best of the Best Top Colleges & Universities for Women & Diversity Outreach Efforts by Professional Women’s Magazine (Top Employer in Your Industry)