Hey guys, how are you?
Hey, what's going on? Got a few minutes for today?
Yes, I do actually.
What are you doing?
Oh, actually, I gotta run a couple errands, but you're more than welcome to come with me.
Yeah, let's do it. So first of all, who are you?
I am Kinyata Adams Brown, and I'm the Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion here at Winthrop.
And where's your office located?
Actually, it's located in the Campus Center, so my direct office is 216 Campus Center. And actually, I'm right next door to a wonderful programming board, DSU. So this is the DSU office. This is where Angela's office is, the Director of Campus Programming. And over here we have Willie's office, he's the Assistant to Campus Programming, so I get to have a cool spot beside these guys.
How long have you been at Winthrop?
I've been at Winthrop since 2011, so this is starting my ninth academic year here at Winthrop.
So what areas are included in your job?
Diversity and Inclusion. So I do a lot of stuff with student groups; I do some advising of the student groups.
What do you like most about working at Winthrop so far?
Hands down the students. The students are the best part of my job. I have to grab something in Diversity, do you want to come look?
Yeah, we can go there. What is one thing that people might find surprising about Diversity?
Well, one thing they might find surprising about my office is that we have a Diversity Center.
How long have we had the Diversity Center here on campus?
We just completed one year, and so this upcoming fall, we'll be starting our second year. That's actually right around this corner right here in Digs 222, so we're going to go in here just for a second.
Got some good stuff in there?
Yeah, I do. I forgot my ID, hold on. This is a good thing about having it right across from your office, so you can come on in. Be careful. We have a Welcome mat right there, so don't trip.
Can I wipe my feet on it?
As long as it's not mud, 'cause we don't take no mud.
This is a very cool space.
Yeah, this is a really cool space. Typically during the school year, there are students in here hanging out and kind of relaxing, or studying, or using this right here to do some presentations and such. So this is also where my students staff, they have their office space in here as well because they have office hours, so it's a really neat space. Really glad that we have it.
What events and stuff have you guys done in the past?
In the past, we've actually co-sponsored with our friends in the International Center. And we've done an International Bazaar. We have a Diversity Meet and Greet at the beginning of each fall semester to welcome in some of the students. We really do a lot of collaborations with some student orgs and stuff.
So if you had to summarize with all that being said, your office in one sentence, what would you say?
I really am passionate about celebrating, educating and appreciating diversity in all forms. So we're not just talking about race and ethnicity, but we're talking about gender, sexuality, socioeconomics, religions, political ideology. And not only all of those things, but how all of those things intersect.
So where are we at now?
So right now we're in the Office of Student Activities. You guys want to come say hello to my new colleague?
So yeah, so I have a meeting later on this afternoon, so in a second I have to get ready for that. That's one thing that keeps me busy, keeps me on my toes here.
So last question for you, if you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you go?
If I could be anywhere in the world... just one place? Maybe South Africa. I don't know. Maybe the Mediterranean. Maybe a beach in Italy. I don't think it would be here in Rock Hill, South Carolina. It would probably be super tropical because I love tropics. I love to be the warm, sun beach. That's probably where I would be.
Cool, thanks for your time.
No problem. Have a good one. Bye.