Temple University names its first Associate Vice President of Multicultural Affairs
PHILADELPHIA (June 9, 2005) - Temple University's new Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMCA) - a new administrative body that will advance one of the University's core missions, the continued growth of Temple as a diverse community of students, scholars, teachers and administrators - now has its first director.
Rhonda L. Brown will become associate vice president of multicultural affairs effective July 5, 2005, reporting directly to Temple President David Adamany and Chief of Staff Gregory S. Rost.
"We are delighted that Rhonda Brown will be joining Temple University," Adamany said. "Temple's diversity is one of its greatest strengths, and Rhonda will help Temple continue to serve as a beacon for talented and motivated people of all races, nationalities and backgrounds."
"When it comes to multicultural diversity, Temple is a national model," said Brown. "I'm thrilled to be part of the team and impressed by President Adamany's commitment to a culturally rich educational experience. I also share his belief that there is still plenty of work to be done here at Temple."
As of fall 2004, 18 percent of Temple's student body was African-American; nearly 11 percent, Asian-American; more than 3 percent, Hispanic; and more than 57 percent, women.
The OMCA's agenda will be much broader than the University's Office of Affirmative Action, which will be merged into the OMCA. Reporting to Brown will be four OMCA units: a recruitment and retention unit, responsible for attracting and retaining people of color and women at all levels of the institution; a compliance and investigation unit, which will expand the responsibilities of the current Office of Affirmative Action; a business relations unit, which will work to increase and improve partnerships with minority- and women-owned businesses; and a student support services unit, responsible for enhancing the education, personal development and quality of life of a diverse student body.
Searches to find directors for each OMCA unit will begin immediately. Adamany hopes to have the office fully staffed no later than the beginning of the spring 2006 semester.
Brown comes to Temple after serving as the first director of the Office of Institutional Equity at the University of Notre Dame, where she spearheaded the university's affirmative action and equal opportunity efforts. She also was assistant to the president and affirmative action officer at the College of the Holy Cross, and assistant to the president at Albright College in Reading (where she had earned a bachelor's degree in political science in 1983).
Before she began her career in university administration, Brown was a legislative assistant at the U.S. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs and an attorney at Moffitt & Jones in Alexandria, Va.
Brown received a J.D. from American University's Washington College of Law in 1986.