Dr. quin Brooks
Assistant Dean for Diversity, Inclusion, and Contemporary Student Services
Dr. NaQuindra Brooks (Dr. Quin) is an assistant dean and currently heads ATU’s Department of Diversity, Inclusion, and Contemporary Student Services. She is a southern girl at heart. Originally from Jackson, Alabama, Dr. Brooks came to ATU by way of Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma. While there, she served as a coordinator of student leadership and academic wellness and worked closely with first generation and underrepresented students within residential life in addition to facilitating diversity & inclusion programming while serving on her department’s social justice committee.
At Arkansas Tech, she currently oversees the diversity programming initiatives, facilitates workshops and trainings on inclusion, social justice, cultural competency, equity/equality, and is the primary support for ATU’s minority student populations and marginalized student groups including commuter and post-traditional students. She has been pivotal in developing and leading the university through its first Strategic Plan for Inclusive Excellence, establishing an inaugural diversity and inclusion Living and Learning Community (LLC), creating and hosting a Minority Mixer to foster mentorships between minority faculty/staff and minority students, and developing an Institutional Retention Plan for various underrepresented student populations. Dr. Brooks and the departmental full time staff collectively hold national certifications in Identity, Allyship, Advocacy and Activism. She has also earned a Professional Certificate in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion from the Muma College of Business at the University of South Florida.
Dr. Brooks graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications with an emphasis in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Sports Information from Troy University in Troy, Alabama in 2006. In 2013, she earned a Master of Liberal Arts (MLA) degree with both a concentration and a dual graduate certificate in Leadership & Ethics from Spring Hill College in Mobile, AL with honors. It was at Spring Hill College that her zeal for diversity and inclusion greatly increased while studying ethics and ironically, the murder of Trayvon Martin occured during this same period. His death further ignitied her passion for social justice and racial equity. In 2017, she became the first Black woman and the youngest student in her cohort to complete the Ph.D in Leadership Studies at Carolina University (formerly Piedmont International University) in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Her doctoral concentration for the Leadership Ph.D is in Education Administration.
Outside of her role at ATU, Dr. Quin is a published book author. She is also the owner and CEO of her own D/E/I and social justice consulting firm, a professional writing service, and founder of a nonprofit organization for youth of color in rural areas of the South. Dr. Brooks holds memberships in several professional, civic, and service organizations including, but not limited to, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE), the National Association of Multicultural Education (NAME), the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity (NCORE), and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA).
Kekeli Eklou is the graduate assistant for Diversity, Inclusion, and Contemporary Student Services. She transferred to Arkansas Tech University in 2017 and obtained her bachelor’s degree in Business Data Analytics in December 2019. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Information Technology and is proud to be part of the growing trailblazers of women of color in STEM.
Kekeli is a native of West Africa. She was born and raised in the country of Gabon but spent her childhood travelling between Gabon and Togo where her parents are originally from. She speaks 4 languages including English and French. She came to the United States in 2013 after living in Ghana for two years.
She is a member of ATU International Students Organization and served as its vice-president during her undergraduate years. She is also on the board of the ATU Graduate Student Council, and a member of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society.
In her free time, she enjoys volunteering with local organizations, reading, and travelling.