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Nicole Brown is a native of Chattanooga and graduated from Brainerd High School. She received her B.S. degree from Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) in Mass Communications-Radio/TV and her Master’s degree in Public Administration from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Brown has worked at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga for 17 years. She is currently the Coordinator in the Office of Equity and Diversity (OED) and adjunct faculty for the Communication Department. OED proactively works to achieve institutional equity and diversity by increasing recruitment, retention and advancement of persons of diverse backgrounds, cultures and ideas. Brown is also serves as adjunct faculty for the Communication Department. Prior to working in OED, Brown worked in the Office of Human Resources, Disbursements and the Bursars Office.

She created diversity training workshops which include: Is it bias? Gender, Sexual Orientation and Workplace Issues workshop and Sexual Harassment Is vs Sexual Harassment Isn’t for the campus. She also presented the Is it bias? workshop at the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park.

Brown is very active in the community with the following organizations: Chattanooga Choral Society for the Preservation of African-American Song, Partnership for Families, Children and Adults, Inc., and the Chattanooga Women’s Leadership Institute. She is a 2012 graduate of Leadership Chattanooga through the Chamber of Commerce.


Brown is also the recipient of the 2012 Sarah J. Woodson-Early Award at the Miss Black TN USA Pageant and 2012 Horace J. Traylor Diversity Leadership Award.