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Allyson Livingstone joins the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Allyson Livingstone

Allyson Livingstone is Brandeis University’s new Director of Diversity, Equity, and InclusionEducation, Training, and Development.

Livingstone will work with Chief Diversity Officer and Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and InclusionMark Brimhall-Vargas; She has an extensive background in social work, equity and social justice consulting in education from pre-schools to colleges and universities.

Her background is in community and college mental health, and she has served as a member of social work faculty at Simmons College and Salem State University.

A native of Brookline, Massachusetts whose family immigrated to the U.S. from Jamaica, Livingstone studied religion as an undergraduate student at Haverford College. She also earned a Master of Social Work degree from New York University and a doctorate from Simmons College School of Social Work.

BrandeisNOW caught up with Livingstone to discuss her hopes for her role at Brandeis:

BrandeisNOW: What are your primary responsibilities in your new role?

Allyson Livingstone: I will be offering ongoing training, education and support around equity, justice, multisystemic privilege, oppression and intersectionality to academic and non-academic departments and staff and student groups on campus. The purpose of this work is to move toward equitable outcomes for all in our community.

In choosing my job title, I wanted to be clear that my responsibilities also involve equity and inclusion. Diversity efforts alone are not enough – we’re diverse just by being in a room together. Equity and inclusion are about changing systems of privilege and oppression.

Read more of the interview with Allyson Livingstone.

Categories: Campus News
Date: February 15, 2018