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.


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

Lawrence Angelo, Institutional Equity Officer

Rene Davis, Title IX Program Officer

Ryan J. Davis, Associate Vice President for Institutional Equity & Diversity

Tim Harrigan, Equity and Diversity Data Analyst​

Rowan McKenna, Administrative Coordinator for Equity & Diversity, Title IX & Gender Equity

Chloe Poston, Director of Strategic Initiatives

Susan Vieira, Executive Assistant

Associated Staff

Alyssia Coates, Director of Development for Diversity and Inclusion, Advancement/Development

Maria Fontes, Custodial Shift Assistant, Facilities Management

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.



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.

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.


Ryan J. Davis

Ryan J. Davis is the Associate Vice President of Institutional Equity and Diversity. Davis’ role includes leading efforts to support academic and administrative units with their DDIAPs, co-leading the DIAP Phase II process, managing assessment and implementation of initiatives related to the campus climate survey, and supporting the day to day functions of the office. Previously, Davis was the Director of Assessment and Educational Programs at Purdue University. Prior to Purdue, he served as a Senior Manager for the Gates Millennium Scholars Program, a $1.6 billion-dollar grant funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where he led campus engagement and leadership development initiatives in support of thousands of Gates Scholars. 


As a scholar-practitioner, Davis has authored or co-authored 20 publications, including peer-reviewed journals articles in the Journal of College Student Development, Journal of College Student Retention, Journal of Negro Education, College Student Affairs Journal, and Innovative Higher Education. He has taught or co-taught undergraduate and graduate courses, and has led diversity and inclusion training and workshops for organizational leaders at leading universities and Fortune 100 companies. Davis serves on the Teaching Faculty for the University of Southern California Equity Institutes, an executive education experience designed for college and university presidents and their senior cabinet members, where he leads a module on strategic planning and action for racial equity.


Davis earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Eastern Connecticut State University where he was awarded the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Distinguished Service Award and a master’s degree in Higher Education from Old Dominion University where he was awarded the Outstanding Graduate Student Award. He is currently a candidate for the Ph.D. in Higher Education at the Indiana University-Bloomington and was presented the Graduate Student Scholar Award by the Golden Key International Honor Society.


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.



Rowan McKenna

Rowan McKenna is the Administrative Coordinator at the Office of Institutional Equity & Diversity. She serves as the primary point of contact for individuals who use the investigation procedural processes of hearings to resolve complaints of discrimination, harassment, sexual and relationship violence. Her responsibilities also include supporting the maintenance of the compliance database related to Title IX cases, discrimination, harassment, and bias incidents, and providing direct administrative support to the OIED compliance team, including the Title IX and Gender Equity Office.


Prior to joining the Brown community, McKenna worked as a Violence Prevention Educator at the Katie Brown Educational Program, an educational non-profit that promotes healthy relationships by providing evidence-based violence prevention education to youth and adults in both traditional and non-traditional educational settings. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Gender & Women’s Studies from Rhode Island College.

Chloe Poston

Dr. Chloe Poston is the Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity. In her role, she assists with the development of the strategic vision of the office, the planning related to key initiatives for which OIED has oversight including the Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan and the biennial climate survey as well as the communication and outreach plan for the office.


Dr. Poston brings a breadth of knowledge in communications, policy development, and project management. She has honed her skills in both the public and private sectors as well as higher education to build and maintain institutional partnerships; review and assess policy impacts and outcomes; and develop academic and professional development programs to support students, faculty, and staff from historically underrepresented groups.


Dr. Poston holds a Bachelor's degree from Clark Atlanta University in Chemistry. She earned her Master's and Ph.D. in Chemistry at Brown University, where her research focused on bioanalytical chemistry with an emphasis on mass spectrometry-based proteomics.

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 holds a bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Rhode Island.