Brenda J. Allen, PhD
Brenda J. Allen (Ph.D., Howard
University) is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion and a
Professor of Communication. Her
research and teaching areas are organizational communication, diversity, and
critical pedagogy. Among her numerous publications is a groundbreaking book
entitled Difference Matters: Communicating Social Identity. Dr.
Allen was recruited from Howard University to the University of Colorado at
Boulder in 1989 as an Assistant Professor.
Since then, she has been promoted to Full Professor, and she has served
as a Department Chair and Associate Dean.
She assumed her recent role in August of 2012.
Thee, a native of Colorado, is the Executive Assistant to the Associate Vice
Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion. She
has been employed with the University for over 13 years, where she has worked
in the Communication Department and the Modern Languages Department. A few years ago, she established a Program
Assistant Group in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to help Program
Assistants create a positive and collaborative network. She studied Art at the University and at the
Burren College of Art in Ballyvaughan, County Clare, Ireland through the
University’s study abroad program. She
says, “It was a wonderful opportunity and a life changing experience.” She enjoys her three grown children, and is
very grateful they all live in the Denver area.