Institutional equity and diversity at Brown is led by OIED. The office works with partners across campus to promote and sustain diversity and inclusion initiatives. OIED also oversees the Title IX and Gender Equity Office as well as unlawful discrimination and harassment based on protected class. 

You may reach the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity by calling (401) 863-2216 or by emailing [email protected].

You may reach the Title IX and Gender Equity Office by calling (401) 863-2386.

Staff

Shontay Delalue, Ph.D., Vice President for Institutional Equity and Diversity (VPIED)

Derek DeBobesAssistant Vice President for Institutional Equity & Diversity

Lawrence Angelo, Institutional Equity Officer

Shay Collins, Director of Institutional Equity and Community Engagement

Rene Davis, Title IX Program Officer

Marlina Duncan, Assistant Vice President for Academic Diversity​

Udoro Ekpin-Gatewood, Title IX Administrative Coordinator

Tim Harrigan, Equity and Diversity Data Analyst​

Lynn Hernández, Ph.D., Director of University Inclusion Programs

Susan Vieira, Executive Assistant

Meera White, Graduate Student Fellow

About Our Staff

 

Shontay Delalue

Dr. Shontay Delalue is a higher education administrator and scholar with extensive experience working on issues of diversity and inclusion. She was appointed as Vice President for Institutional Equity and Diversity on December 1, 2017. In her role, she will provide strategic direction for a wide range of programs and initiatives to build and sustain a diverse and inclusive environment at Brown, coordinate educational and training efforts, measure and report on progress, oversee compliance, and investigate complaints.

 

Dr. Shontay Delalue has worked in a variety of roles during her career, including admissions, advising, international and multicultural affairs. She managed the recruitment of students from historically underrepresented groups at the University of Maine. From there, she joined the University of Alaska Southeast, where among many responsibilities she directed admissions and the dual enrollment program. Later, she was a counselor at the Met High School in Providence and then director of the Intercultural Center at Bryant University, where she was also an adjunct instructor in the sociology and psychology departments.

 

Dr. Shontay Delalue holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s of education from the University of Maine and attended the Harvard University Graduate School of Education’s Institute for Management and Leadership in Education. She earned her Ph.D. in education through a joint program at the University of Rhode Island and Rhode Island College. Her doctoral work used critical race theory to explore the dichotomy for African and Caribbean students who are racialized within a U.S. context.

 

Derek DeBobes

Derek DeBobes is the Assistant Vice President for Institutional Equity & Diversity. DeBobes is responsible for efforts to streamline Title VI, VII, IX and ADA/504 policies, in accordance with the Pathways to Diversity and Inclusion: An Action Plan (DIAP). DeBobes also assists the Vice President with evaluation of campus climate surveys, prepares the University’s affirmative action plans, hears appeals related to ADA/504 complaints, and provides leadership for the OIED.

 

Previously, DeBobes worked as the Director of Equal Opportunity, as well as the Title IX and 504 Coordinator at Bridgewater State University. In those positions, DeBobes oversaw compliance with federal and state non-discrimination laws and equal opportunity requirements. He investigated discrimination, harassment, and sexual/relationship violence complaints. At Bridgewater, DeBobes was also an adjunct faculty member in the department of sociology, teaching a course called ‘Discrimination in Contemporary America.’ Before that, DeBobes worked as an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Officer and Title IX Coordinator within the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity at Massachusetts Maritime Academy.

 

DeBobes earned a juris doctor from New England School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in sociology and psychology from University of Massachusetts, Amherst. DeBobes is also admitted to the District Court of Rhode Island and the State Bars of Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

 

Lawrence Angelo

Lawrence Angelo is an Institutional Equity Officer for the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity. As an Institutional Equity Officer, he is responsible for investigating complaints filed under Brown University’s Discrimination and Harassment and Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment, Sexual Violence, Relationship and Interpersonal Violence and Stalking Policies.  

 

Lawrence Angelo is a civil rights investigator with thirteen years of experience working for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), where he most recently served as the Lead Systemic Investigator in the agency's Boston Area Office.  While at the EEOC, Lawrence investigated many high-profile cases that resulted in large monetary settlements and significant equitable relief.

 

Lawrence is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma and Seton Hall University School of Law.

 

Shay Collins

Shay Collins joined the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity as the inaugural Director of Institutional Equity and Community Engagement in July 2018. Collins’ responsibilities include developing and implementing the institutional bias reporting system and managing the redesigned Administrative Fellows Program, a mentoring and professional development opportunity for Brown University staff members. Collins’ responsibilities also include supporting Brown’s Graduate Women in Science and Engineering (GWISE) chapter in the execution of their annual Young Scholars Conference. They also serve as a liason to the student centers in the Division of Campus Life and provide support for Graduate Students from historically underrepresented groups.

 

Collins previously worked at Brown as the Assistant Director for Co-Curricular Initiatives at the Brown Center for Student of Color (BCSC). In that position, they worked closely with students, faculty, alumni, and campus colleagues to decrease institutional barriers to success as well as create opportunities for knowledge production and collective community building. While at the BCSC, Collins co-founded the Graduate Student of Color Initiative, a collaborative multi-disciplinary team that supports graduate students from admission to graduation. Collins was also awarded a Brown Excellence Award in 2017 for the co-creation of the Critical Consciousness Reading Group (CCRG), a professional development opportunity for staff, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty to expand their competence through critically conscious facilitated dialogues.

 

Collins is a licensed clinical social worker who earned a master of social work and a master’s in Women’s Studies and Gender Studies from Loyola University Chicago. They also earned a bachelor’s in Women’s Studies and Gender Studies and certificates in Arabic and Islamic Studies from Arizona State University.

 

Rene Davis

Rene Davis was appointed the Title IX Program Officer on July 17, 2017. Before joining the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity, she has served in various positions at Mount Holyoke and the University of North Carolina School for the Arts. As Title IX Programs Officer, her responsibilities include managing compliance with federal gender-based anti-discrimination law, which establishes standards for college and University campuses concerning sexual and gender-based violence. Davis also works closely with the deputy Title IX coordinators and investigators, the vice president for campus life, the vice president and general counsel, the dean of the College and other community members, in order to realize effective efforts in prevention, policy development, and resolution processes.

 

At Mount Holyoke, Davis served as the Dean of Students and Associate Dean of the College, as well as the Title IX and Section 504 Coordinator. She was also responsible for special projects for the president and was appointed as associate director to the office of student success and advising. Davis was instrumental in several strategic initiatives at Mount Holyoke, including the construction of a new residence hall, construction of a new student center, and a campus-wide diversity, equity and inclusion initiative. She worked with the Office of Civil Rights on the resolution process of complaints filed against the College.

 

Before entering work in higher education, Davis was an administrator, volunteer coordinator, and representative for Womanshelter/Compañera, a battered women’s shelter in Holyoke (Mass). She was also a teen mentor for Girls, Inc. of Holyoke (Mass.). Davis earned her bachelor’s in business administration from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a master’s in Higher Education Administration  from BayPath University.

 

Marlina Duncan

Marlina Duncan is the Assistant Vice President for Academic Diversity for the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity. She also serves as the Associate Dean of Diversity Initiatives at the Graduate School. Before joining the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity, she directed diversity initiatives and education and outreach programs at the Broad Institute of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University in Cambridge, MA. As Assistant Vice President for Academic Diversity and Associate Dean of Diversity Initiatives, Duncan develops initiatives to foster positive and supportive climate and community. Duncan also serves as liaison to programs and offices that support student experience and recruitment planning and outreach.

 

Previously, Duncan served as assistant professor of science education at Fayetteville State University in Fayetteville, NC. She also worked as program director of the Northeast Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.

 

Udoro Ekpin-Gatewood

Udoro Ekpin-Gatewood is the Title IX Administrative Coordinator. Ekpin-Gatewood provides direct administrative support to the Title IX and Gender Equity Office and reports to the Title IX Program Officer. She is also the primary point of contact for students using the formal and informal investigation procedural processes and coordinates hearings to resolve complaints of gender-based harassment and equity. She collaborates with the Executive Assistant to the Vice President for Institutional Equity and Diversity to support the overall administrative needs for the office.

 

Before coming to Brown, she founded and served as the Chief Executive Officer of Restorative Empowerment for Youth, a certified Women Business Enterprise based out of Houston, Texas. Ekpin-Gatewood has worked in various capacities to educate about and engage with practices of Restorative Justice. She has given consultations, staff facilitations, and trainings at Harris County Protective Services, East Providence School District, Houston Independent School District, Teach for America (South Carolina), and My Brother's Keeper (Houston).

 

Ekpin-Gatewood holds a master’s of education (Counselor Education) from the University of St. Thomas-Houston and earned her bachelor’s degree from Stephen F. Austin State University.

 

Tim Harrigan

Tim Harrigan is the Equity and Diversity Data Analyst for the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity. In this role, he collects, analyzes, and reports on data related to affirmative action, equal opportunity, and diversity related initiatives. His work advances the University’s diversity and inclusion aspirations through informing its strategies and data-driven decision making, and through assessing progress towards its goals. He joined the office in May of 2019.

 

Harrigan previously worked in Brown’s Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, and has held several research-oriented positions in education, government, and nonprofit settings. He holds a bachelor’s of sociology from Emmanuel College and a master’s of economic and social development from the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

 

Lynn Hernández

Dr. Lynn Hernández joined the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity as the Director of University Inclusion Programs in August 2016. Dr. Hernández provides leadership and support for Brown University's efforts to fulfill its goals of inclusive excellence as articulated in the Pathways to Diversity and Inclusion: An Action Plan for Brown University. Her primary responsibilities include leading and facilitating inclusion programs and initiatives, particularly in support of the departmental Diversity and Inclusion Action Plans (DDIAPs).

 

As a member of the Brown community since 2007, Dr. Hernández has been deeply involved in developing and implementing diversity and inclusion initiatives at the Alpert Medical School and the School of Public Health. Serving as one of the Co-Chairs for the Diversity Committee of Clinical Psychology and the Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies Training Consortium from 2011 to 2016, she has developed and implemented diversity training initiatives, recruitment and retention efforts, and curriculums specific to multicultural competence and social justice leadership.

 

As an NIH-funded researcher and Assistant Professor of Behavior and Social Sciences (Research) in the School of Public Health, her scholarly work focuses on culturally appropriate behavioral interventions for adolescents of color. Dr. Hernández conducts her research using a Community-Based Participatory Research model, where members of the target community are seen as experts actively involved in all stages of program development and implementation. As a result, Dr. Hernández has worked extensively with high schools, community agencies, clinics, and adolescent health tasks forces across Rhode Island on culturally appropriate interventions that are easily accessible for youth of color and their families.

 

Susan Vieira

Susan Vieira is the Executive Assistant at the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity. She is responsible for the administrative needs of the office and reports directly to the Vice President for Institutional Equity and Diversity.

 

Vieira previously worked at Brown University for the Dean of the College and the Office of Global Engagement. She was the Program Coordinator for the Transfer, Visiting, & RUE (Resumed Undergraduate Education) Programs, Academic Support Services, and International Student & Visitor Experience. She has extensive knowledge of advising, student resources, and orientation planning. She also supported international students and worked to initiate several new programs to support high-need international students.

 

Vieira has over 25 years of management experience. She has completed various professional enhancement trainings at Brown University and has a BA in Psychology from the University of Rhode Island.

 

Meera White

Meera White is a Curatorial Graduate Student Fellow at the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion for the 2018-2019 academic year. Her main projects at OIED include updating the office’s web presence and assisting in the revitalization of the Brown Tougaloo Partnership.

 

She has previously worked for Kenyon College’s Office of Multicultural Admissions creating and managing programs for prospective students from underrepresented backgrounds. During her undergraduate career, her research spanned such topics as contemporary political iconography on the U.S.-Mexico border, Native women’s reproductive rights in the 1970s, and Black intellectual critique of higher education after the Civil Rights movement. White is currently pursuing a master’s in Public Humanities at Brown. Within the program, she focuses on the intersections between public art and public history, especially as utilized by historically oppressed groups and communities.

 

White earned her bachelor’s degree in History and Latino/a Studies at Kenyon College before starting her master’s in Public Humanities at Brown University.