Brenda J. Allen

Brenda J. Allen
University of Colorado
Professor Emerita

Brenda J. Allen (PhD, Howard University) is a former Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion and Professor of Communication at the University of Colorado Denver and the Anschutz Medical Campus. During almost 30 years in the University of Colorado system, Professor Allen developed a track record for scholarship, teaching, service, mentorship, and training related to organizational communication, power dynamics, social identity, and leadership. She has worked tirelessly to promote more inclusive, humane, and equitable perspectives and practices, especially in higher education. For her contributions, she has received numerous awards and accolades, including the CU System’s Elizabeth D. Gee Award for efforts to advance women in academia, interdisciplinary scholarly contributions, and distinguished teaching, and an Excellence in Leadership Award. Also, her colleagues at CU Denver established a diversity and inclusion scholarship and leadership award in her name. 

Among Dr. Allen’s numerous publications is a groundbreaking book entitled Difference Matters: Communicating Social Identity (Waveland Press). She is working on the third edition of this book. Dr. Allen conducts consultations, workshops, and presentations for a variety of audiences on topics such as inclusive leadership, inclusion in the workplace, implicit bias, anti-racism, empowHERment, and diversity hiring practices.

 

 

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