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Thomas Brown
Title V/Hispanic Serving Institutions Consultation Overview

Thomas Brown is a lifelong educator with an impressive record of success in creating academic and student affairs programs that promote increased satisfaction, achievement, and retention. Tom is known for his ability to communicate effectively with the diverse constituencies that comprise educational institutions, organizations, and communities – from board members to executive leadership, from faculty and administrators to frontline staff. A thoughtful, experienced, and engaging leader, Tom often uses humor to produce frank and meaningful dialogue around contentious and complex issues. His work is based on an integration of theories, research findings, and practical experience that makes a real difference for individuals and organizations.

Tom Brown served as an educator in academic and student affairs for 27 years, most recently as the Dean of Advising Services/Special Programs at Saint Mary's College of California. In addition to developing and administering Saint Mary's nationally recognized academic advising program, he was responsible for new student and family orientation programs, Academic Support and Achievement (e.g., tutoring, services for students with disabilities), pre-law advising, and the Offices of Asian Pacific American, Black, Hispanic/Latino/a, and International Student Programs. Tom initiated Saint Mary's International Students' Program and recruited for the College in Asia for five years. He also developed the High Potential Program, which provided access and support to first-generation students from economically and educationally disadvantaged backgrounds.

Tom Brown has a demonstrated record of effectiveness structuring programs and services for students, in general, and students of color, in particular ( Under his leadership, Saint Mary’s was among the few colleges in the US where Hispanic/Latino/a graduation rates exceeded those for Anglo/white students. Tom Brown has served as a consultant to some 450 colleges and universities in the US and abroad.

Following are specific examples of Tom Brown’s work related to Hispanic/Latino/a issues:

Tom Brown provides professional development programs for students, faculty and staff at two- and four-year Title V (Hispanic Serving) institutions. He also consults with campuses to develop and implement on-going programs to enhance the engagement and success for Hispanic/Latino/a students.

Following are some Title V institutions with which he has worked:

California University Chico
California University East Bay
California University Monterey Bay
College of the Sequoias (CA)
Del Mar College (TX)
El Centro College (TX)
Elgin Community College
Hartnell College (CA)
Hudson County Community College (NJ)
Los Angeles Mission College
Morton College (IL)
Mountain View College (TX)
Napa Valley College (CA)
New Jersey City University
Odessa College (TX)
Passaic County Community College (NJ)
Pima Community College District (AZ)
Porterville College (CA)
Reedley College (CA)
Santa Rosa Junior College
Schreiner University (TX)
Texas State University
Union County College (NJ)
University of the Incarnate Word (TX)
University of LaVerne
University of Texas San Antonio
University of Western New Mexico

Tom Brown has published and presented extensively in areas related to student retention, academic advising, and promoting the achievement and success of multicultural, international and at-risk students. Recent publications appear in the following books or monographs:

Fulfilling the Promise of the Community College: Increasing First-year Student Engagement and Success. Co-editor. American Association of Community College and National Resource Center for the First Year Experience and Students in Transition and the National Academic Advising Association. 2011.

“From Diversity to Inclusivity,” in Foundations: A Reader for New College Students. 2010

“Supporting the Achievement and Success of Multicultural Populations,” in the Jossey-Bass New Directions for Community Colleges series, Academic Advising: Organizing and Delivering Services for Student Success. 1993.

“Advising Students of Color” in Academic Advising for Student Success and Retention. Noel- Levitz. 1997, 2004.

“Linking Academic Advising Programs and Offices Serving Ethnic Minority Students” in Academic Advising as a Comprehensive Campus Process. National Academic Advising Association. 1995.

“Pluralistic advising: “Facilitating the Development and Achievement of First Year Students of Color,” in First Year Academic Advising: Patterns in the Present, Pathways to the Future. National Resource Center for the First Year Experience and Students in Transition and the National Academic Advising Association. 1995.

“Developing Instructional and Administrative Faculty to Put Students First”, in Fostering Student Success in the Campus Community. Jossey-Bass. 2007

"Critical Concepts in Advisor Training and Development," in Academic Advising Handbook 2nd Edition. Jossey Bass, Fall 2008.

Tom also writes an occasional Advising Dean column for the St. Helena Star newspaper:

Recent webinars for Innovative Educators
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Promoting the Development, Achievement and Persistence of Hispanic/Latino/a College Students: People, Principles, and Programs.

Promoting the Development, Achievement and Persistence of Students from Diverse Backgrounds

Supporting the Engagement, Learning and Success of African American/Black and Latino/Hispanic College Male Students

Helping Underprepared Students Succeed: How to Influence Student Engagement, Learning and Persistence


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