Dr. Danielle Brooks
Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion
Dr. Danielle Brooks is an assistant dean and currently heads ATU’s Department of Diversity and Inclusion. 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 for 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. 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.
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. 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 Educational Administration.
Outside of her role at ATU, Dr. Brooks is a published book author. She is also the owner and CEO of her own D/E/I and social justice consulting firm 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).
shelby d. norman
Coordinator of Multicultural Support
Shelby Norman serves as the Coordinator of Muticultural Support within ATU's Department of Diversity and Inclusion. Raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Shelby has always been immersed in diverse expressions of southern culture and community. Shelby is an alumna of The University of Alabama, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a concentration in Political Theory, and Master of Arts degree in Women's Studies with a concentration in Critical Gender and Race Theory. During her time at Alabama, Shelby discovered a passion of creation and implementation of equitable and diverse programs and leadership roles within both her campus and civic communities.
During her time at Alabama, Shelby served as the Executive Director of Multicultural Affairs through the Student Government Association, where she created the first Diversity and Inclusion Week for the university. She also served as the undergraduate liaison member to the student, faculty and staff-led national search committee for the first Vice President and Associate Provost of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for the university. Upon their arrival the next year, Shelby then worked as the graduate research assistant for the newly formed Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Shelby served as a student liaison working with faculty, staff and administration to create a more inclusive and equitable campus culture.
As both an undergraduate and graduate student, Shelby held memberships in numerous academic, social and service-oriented organizations such as Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society, Order of Omega Honors Society, Omega Delta Kappa Honors Society, XXXI Women's Honorary, Presidents' Council and others. Shelby is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Jerry “Jay” Anderson, Jr. is the graduate assistant for the Department of Diversity & Inclusion. Born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas, Jay is a proud alumnus of the renowned Mills University Studies High School known especially for its performing arts program. Jay was a double major and graduated with both a bachelors in Speech Communication with an emphasis in Theatre and a bachelors in Psychology from Arkansas Tech University. He is currently working on his M.S. in Student Affairs Administration.
Jay is the Staff Advisor for the African American Student Association and the ATU Dance Company, in which he was president of both during his undergraduate years. Jay is also a co-founder of the ATU Dance Company, established in January 2015. He became a brother of the Nu Alpha Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. in the Spring of 2017 and is now in the Epsilon Alpha Lambda Graduate Chapter.
Jay also holds memberships in the Arkansas Tech University College Student Personnel Association (CSPA), the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), and the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE). Jay’s educational philosophy is that “I am going to study and experience all I can, though learning and involvement definitely seems exhausting at times. Nevertheless, knowledge and wisdom comes at a high price, and I am willing to pay for it.”