Mary Grace Almandrez
Associate Vice President for Campus Life & Dean of Students
As associate vice president for campus life and dean of students, Mary Grace oversees the following departments: Residential Life, Student and Employee Accessibility Services (SEAS), Student Conduct and Community Standards, and Student Support Services. As dean of students, her primary role is to serve as a visible and vocal advocate for all Brown students.
Throughout her career and especially during her time at Brown, Mary Grace has provided leadership and strategic planning for the Division of Campus Life with a focus on student advocacy, support, and response. Her research, teaching, and practice highlight women of color in leadership, diversity and inclusion in higher education, and social justice education. In 2016, she established the Annual Campus Life Social Justice Conference.
Mary Grace came to Brown in 2011, serving as the Director of the Brown Center for Students of Color (then Third World Center), and Assistant Dean of the College during a critical time of transition and growth. She led a reorganization of the staffing structure to include newly created positions for co-curricular initiatives and first-year and sophomore programs. In addition, she successfully completed the self-study, external review, and strategic planning processes that renamed the Third World Center to the Brown Center for Students of Color. As a result of these efforts, she was awarded the University Excellence Award for Managing Excellence in 2014. Until recently, Mary Grace also had a dual role as associate dean of the College, providing academic advising, ABS support, and Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship program oversight. Mary Grace was then appointed Assistant Vice President for Campus Life and Dean of Students. Her responsibilities included oversight of the Brown Center for Students of Color, First-Generation College and Low-Income Student Center, International Student Experience, LGBTQ Center, Sarah Doyle Women's Center, and Student Veterans and Commissioning Programs. She was appointed Associate Vice President in 2017.
Prior to her arrival at Brown, Mary Grace founded multicultural programs at three private, liberal arts institutions. She is chair of the New England Multicultural Affairs Think Tank and has served as a board member of Youth In Action and HARI Vidya Bhavan. Mary Grace is a leader nationally as a conference presenter, keynote speaker, and external reviewer of student affairs organizational structures at peer institutions.
Mary Grace was born in Olongapo, Philippines and grew up in San Diego, CA. She earned her Ed.D. in organization and leadership from the University of San Francisco, M.S. in human resources development from McDaniel College, and B.A. in sociology from the University of San Diego. She earned a certificate from the Institute for Educational Management (IEM) leadership program at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education in 2016.