Shontay Delalue, Ph.D., Vice President for Institutional Equity and Diversity (VPIED)
Margot Saurette, Analyst/Executive Assistant
Wendy McRae-Owoeye, J.D., C.D.P., Senior Director of Diversity and Inclusion
Lynn Hernández, Ph.D., Director of University Inclusion Programs
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 1st, 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.
Margot is the Executive Assistant to the Vice President for Institutional Equity and Diversity and oversees the general operation of the OIED Office. In addition to her EA duties, she also serves as a data analyst for the oversight of the hiring process here at the University to ensure that all federal requirements are followed, and assists with the preparation of several federal reports and the completion of the University's annual Affirmative Action Plan.
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 Senior Director of Diversity and Inclusion, which includes serving as University EEO/AA Officer; Title VI, Title VII, and Title IX Coordinator for Staff, and ADA Section 504 Coordinator for Staff, Wendy continues to create "a welcoming, inclusive, and respectful work environment” leads many diversity and inclusion initiatives at Brown (e.g., Administrative Fellows Program for Staff), and serves in addressing a broad range of complex diversity and inclusion topics. In addition, she advises students, faculty, and staff about concerns and solutions related to biases, micro-aggressions, harassment, discrimination, sexual harassment, diversity and inclusion professional development training, conflict between students/faculty/staff, sourcing and retaining diverse candidates; she also determines violation of policy related to discrimination and harassment, affirmative action plans for women and minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities, and federal and state EEO/AA compliance.
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.
The Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity also oversees the Office for Title IX and Gender Equity. You may reach the Title IX and Gender Equity Office by calling (401) 863-2216.
These offices are among the many we work with to support and advance diversity and inclusion:
- Alpert Medical School
- Brown Center for Students of Color
- First-Generation College and Low-Income Student Center
- Graduate School
- LGBTQ Center
- Office of the Chaplains and Religious Life
- Office of Student Life
- Ombuds Office
- Sarah Doyle Women's Center
- Science Center
- Staff Advisory Council
- Student and Employee Accessibility Services
- Student Veterans and Commissioning Programs
- The College
- University Human Resources