JHU's Caroline Laguerre-Brown to lead diversity, engagement efforts at George Washington University

She has served as vice provost for institutional equity, chief diversity officer at Hopkins since 2010

Caroline Laguerre-Brown, who has served as vice provost for institutional equity and chief diversity officer at Johns Hopkins University since 2010, will depart for a similar role at George Washington University.

Caroline Laguerre-Brown

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Laguerre-Brown has been named vice provost for diversity, equity and community engagement at George Washington, the university announced this morning. She will assume her new position on Aug. 1.

"Caroline is an outstanding leader whose enthusiasm and expertise will benefit not only our Office of Diversity and Inclusion, but also the university as a whole," said GWU Interim Provost Forrest Maltzman. "I look forward to working with her on strengthening our efforts to build an inclusive campus community, as well as identifying opportunities to expand our work on diversity issues and in civic engagement."

Laguerre-Brown will lead GW's efforts to advance diversity and inclusion throughout the university. In addition to the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, she will oversee the Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service, the Office of Disability Support Services, the Multicultural Student Services Center, and the Title IX Office.

"George Washington University is a great institution in a vibrant city," Laguerre-Brown said. "I am honored to join President Knapp, Interim Provost Maltzman and the accomplished team in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Together, we will continue to forge a robust diversity and inclusion agenda for GW's students, faculty, and staff."

As vice provost for institutional equity at Johns Hopkins, Laguerre-Brown acts as the university's lead administrator on affirmative action, equal opportunity and disability issues, as well as diversity and inclusion efforts.

Laguerre-Brown joined Johns Hopkins in 2005 as associate vice provost and director for equity compliance and education in the Office of Institutional Equity.

Among her many contributions over the past 11 years, she developed the first universitywide sexual harassment prevention training initiation, spearheaded unconscious bias training for faculty and executive search committees, helped launch the JHU Forums on Race in America speaker series, and co-developed the university's $25 million faculty diversity initiative, which was unveiled in November.

"Throughout her distinguished tenure with us, Caroline worked tirelessly and effectively on behalf of our students, staff, and faculty, making Johns Hopkins a safer, more diverse, inclusive, and supportive university," JHU Provost Robert C. Lieberman said. "While we are sorry to see her go, we wish her all of the very best in the next chapter of her career."

Prior to coming to JHU, Laguerre-Brown held positions as labor and employment defense counsel for the New York City Transit Authority and as assistant director of the Equal Employment Opportunity Office for the Fire Department of New York. She also served as staff counsel to the Equal Employment Advisory Council in Washington, D.C.

She is a graduate of the State University of New York at Binghamton and the University of Virginia School of Law.

"It has been an honor to lead the talented professionals in the Office of Institutional Equity and to serve the Johns Hopkins community over the past 10 years," Laguerre-Brown said. "I am so grateful to have had opportunities to work on challenging but important topics with wonderful colleagues across the Hopkins enterprise."

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