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. 


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

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



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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 worked in admissions, advising, international and multicultural affairs among other roles throughout her career. 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 also was an adjunct instructor in the sociology and psychology departments.

She holds a bachelor’s degree and a master 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 a Ph.D. in education through a joint program of the University of Rhode Island and Rhode Island College, where her doctoral work used critical race theory to explore the dichotomy that arises for African and Caribbean students who are racialized in a U.S. context.


Lynn Hernández

Dr. Lynn Hernandez joined the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity as the Director of University Inclusion Programs in August 2016. In this position, Dr. Hernandez provides leadership and support for Brown University's efforts to fulfill its goals of inclusive excellence as articulated 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) of academic departments and centers.

Dr. Hernandez brings both scholarly and administrative experience to this role. As a member of the Brown community since 2007, she has been deeply involved in developing and implementing diversity and inclusion initiatives across the Alpert Medical School and the School of Public Health. Serving as one of the Co-Chairs for the Diversity Committee of the Clinical Psychology and the Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies Training Consortium from 2011 to 2016, she has focused her time and effort into developing and implementing diversity training initiatives, recruitment and retention efforts, and developing curriculum 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 the development and implementation of culturally appropriate behavioral interventions for adolescents of color. Dr. Hernandez conducts her research within a Community-Based Participatory Research model, where members of the target community are seen as the experts and are actively involved in all stages of program development and implementation. As a result, Dr. Hernandez has worked extensively with high schools, community agencies, clinics, and adolescent health tasks forces across Rhode Island to implement culturally appropriate interventions that are easily accessible for youth of color and their families.

You may reach the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity by calling (401) 863-2216.

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


These offices are among the many we work with to support and advance diversity and inclusion: