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Brenda J. Allen

University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus
Vice Chancellor, Diversity and Inclusion; Professor, Department of Communication


Brenda J. Allen is the Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion and Professor of Communication at the University of Colorado Denver and the Anschutz Medical Campus. During her 25+ years in the University of Colorado system, Professor Allen has developed a track record for scholarship, teaching, service, mentorship, and training related to organizational communication, power dynamics, and social identity, with an emphasis on higher education. Dr. Allen was recruited from Howard University to the University of Colorado Boulder in 1989 as an Assistant Professor. Since then, she has served in various leadership roles, including Department Chair and Associate Dean. She assumed her current role as Chief Diversity Officer in August of 2012. 

Among Dr. Allen’s numerous publications is a groundbreaking book entitled Difference Matters: Communicating Social Identity (Waveland Press, 2011). She offers workshops, consultations, and presentations on topics such as inclusive leadership, cultivating inclusion at work, empowHERment, equity in education, strategic planning, implicit bias, culturally responsive teaching, and recruitment/retention practices. She has received numerous awards and recognitions for her commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.