Institutional equity and diversity at Brown is led by the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity and served by a variety of offices across campus.
Shontay Delalue, Interim Vice President for Institutional Equity and Diversity (VPIED)
Shontay Delalue earned her B.A. in Communication and Masters in Education from the University of Maine and a Ph.D. in Education through a joint program of the University of Rhode Island and Rhode Island College. Her doctoral work used critical race theory to examine the U.S. racial status of ‘Black’ for college students from various parts of the African Atlantic Diaspora.
Delalue’s professional work focuses on areas of cultural awareness, international and race relations, and racial identity development. Prior to arriving at Brown, she worked at the University of Alaska Southeast as Director of Admissions, as a college counselor at The Met High School in Providence, and as the Director of the Intercultural Center at Bryant University.
Margot Saurette, Analyst/Executive Assistant
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 McRae-Owoeye, Senior Director of Diversity and Inclusion
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.
Lynn Hernandez, Director of University Inclusion Programs
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.
Title IX and Gender Equity
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:
- Student and Employee Accessibility Services
- First-Generation College and Low-Income Student Center
- Sarah Doyle Women's Center
- LGBTQ Center
- Office of the Chaplains and Religious Life
- Brown Center for Students of Color
- Student Veterans and Commissioning Programs
- University Human Resources
- Office of Student Life
- Science Center
- Graduate School
- The College
- Alpert Medical School
- Staff Advisory Council
- Ombuds Office