Brenda Alston-Mills serves as the Associate Dean and Director for the Office of Diversity and Pluralism in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Michigan State University. Her major responsibilities are to work with graduate students, faculty, and staff in the college in improving work-place climate, professional development, and increasing the pool of underserved populations in graduate education. Her outreach has included working with adult non-readers in both Wake County, NC and Prince George’s County, MD.
Brenda’s early experience with diverse populations was as director of the Comprehensive Education and Training program (CETA) in New Jersey for both the city and county of Camden. She is frequently asked to give lectures and seminars on women and under-represented groups in science and has published in the area. While at NC State University, she worked with a two other women to examine curriculum transformation as it relates to diversity. Through all of these activities, she has witnessed the pain of exclusion and the triumphs of empowerment.
Brenda holds an M.S. and Ph.D. in Zoology from Michigan State University and is a full professor of Animal Science.