Justin Brown, SRU ’11, to present diversity leadership workshop


justin brown speaking to students

Justin Brown (center), a 2011 Slippery Rock University communication graduate, will offer diversity leadership training at 1 p.m., Feb. 6, in SRU's Advanced Technology and Science Hall Auditorium.

Feb. 1, 2016

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Justin Brown, chief executive officer and president of the Diversity Awareness Program and a 2011 Slippery Rock University graduate, will present "When Multicultural Competence Meets a Real Reality" at 1 p.m., Feb. 6, in the Advanced Technology and Science Hall Auditorium.

The diversity leadership training targets SRU students involved in the First-Year Leader Scholar Program, Peer Mentors, Jump Start and the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership Volunteer Corps. More than 300 students are expected.

Brown said he would engage students through role-playing exercises and team building to teach lessons about diversity awareness so that students can apply leadership concepts at school, work and home.

"I want to provide tools for students to become better people and global citizens," he said. "Students should enjoy their college experience and apply what they learn to make a positive change on campus and in the campus community."

"The purpose of "D.A.P.," Brown said, "Is to encourage diversity and cultural unity in all areas of life among students, faculty and staff on the university campus. This will be accomplished through energetic and vigorous engagements of dynamic discussions on issues and ideas. "D.A.P." will serve as a catalyst in encouraging students and members to search for opportunities to become more culturally aware and conscious."

Brown created D.A.P. in 2007 while an undergraduate student at SRU. Since then he's grown the company and been invited to present programs at more than 100 colleges and universities from Delaware to California. Jan. 29, he will be featured on Doc Fred's nationally syndicated CBS RADIO Talk Show, "Visions of Success."

In addition to his work with D.A.P., Brown serves as residence life director at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. His schedule keeps him hopping, but then, he's not a stranger to multi-tasking.

As an SRU undergraduate, Brown was named homecoming king and served in a number of leadership roles. He served as a community assistant, president of the Building Bridges diversity program, an orientation ambassador and campus tour guide - all while working in the University Communication and Public Affairs Office.

Following his graduation from SRU with a communication major, he pursued graduate studies and, in 2013, earned his master's degree in student affairs in higher education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Brown joined West Chester University as residence life director in 2013. He supervises day-to-day residence hall operations for 560 students and manages a team of 18 resident assistants and office staff.

Brown also has served as a West Chester teaching assistant in public speaking classes. At IUP, Brown taught a freshman leadership class.

The Office of Multicultural Development and the CSIL are sponsoring his visit.

MEDIA CONTACT: Gordon Ovenshine | 724.738.4854 | gordon.ovenshine@sru.edu