Jabbar R. Bennett, Ph.D.

Dr. Bennett serves as associate dean of the Graduate School, associate dean for diversity in the Division of Biology and Medicine, and clinical assistant professor of medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.  In the Graduate School he is responsible for recruitment and coordinating professional development activities for graduate students and postdocs.  In the Division of Biology and Medicine Dr. Bennett oversees the recruitment and advancement of medical students, faculty and trainees who are members of underrepresented groups.  Prior to joining Brown he served on the faculty at Harvard Medical School and directed the Office for Multicultural Faculty Careers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.  Previously, Dr. Bennett also served as Senior Director of Development for Life Sciences, Healthcare and Education Industry Partnerships with United Way of Massachusetts Bay (UWMB) in Boston, and as Research and Science Specialist in the Office for Diversity and Community Partnership at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Bennett received his B.S. in biology and minor in Spanish from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical (A&T) State University, and his Ph.D. in biomedical sciences from Meharry Medical College.  At Meharry he was funded as a National Science Foundation (NSF) Alliance for the Enhancement of Science Education and Technology Graduate Teaching Fellow, and later as a UNCF/Merck Postdoctoral Research Fellow while training in the Department of Pathology at Harvard Medical School.  Dr. Bennett is an alumnus of the Massachusetts Education Policy Fellowship Program and the Harvard University Administrative Fellowship Program.

Zoila Quezada, M.Ed.

Zoila serves as assistant director in the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs.  She manages daily operations, interfaces directly with students, faculty and trainees, and represents the office and its interests at the local, regional and national levels.  Prior to joining the Division of Biology and Medicine she served as program coordinator in the Salem State University Upward Bound Program.  Previously she was a residential academic specialist in the Department of Residence Life at Salem State University and served as an intern to the Principal at Saltonstall Elementary School in Salem, MA.

Zoila received her B.A in Public Communications and minor in Spanish from Ramapo College of New Jersey, and her M.Ed in Educational Leadership from Salem State University.