Chief Diversity Officer

Diversity. Equity. Inclusion.

True to Occidental’s mission, the chief diversity officer (CDO) focuses on realization of the College’s commitment to diversity, excellence and equity; advocates for necessary cultural and institutional change; and works directly with students, faculty and staff on these issues.

Rhonda Brown arrived at Occidental in February 2016 as its first vice president for equity and inclusion and CDO. As a direct report to the president, she advises senior administrators and the Board of Trustees on all issues relating to diversity and inclusion, from student programs and staff training to recruitment and retention. Brown chairs the College's Oversight Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, the faculty/student/staff committee charged with ensuring the College meets the commitments made in November 2015 in response to student demands.

Previously, Rhonda served for a decade as Temple University’s associate vice president for institutional diversity, equity advocacy and leadership. As the first person in that role, she served as an ombudsperson and was responsible for student diversity initiatives, programming and advocacy, as well as faculty recruitment and retention, and multicultural education and training for faculty and staff.

Prior to her tenure at Temple, she served as director of institutional equity and one of two Title IX coordinator at the University of Notre Dame; assistant to the president and affirmative action officer at The College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass.; and assistant to the president and assistant director of admission at Albright College in Reading, PA.

Rhonda graduated from Albright with a degree in political science and went on to earn her JD from American University’s Washington College of Law.