Dr. Enobong (Anna) Branch is the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement and a Professor of Sociology at Rutgers University – New Brunswick. She provides strategic leadership to nurture and cultivate diversity and inclusion as key institutional values, strengthening the institutional commitment to its diverse community on and off-campus. Prior to joining Rutgers University, Dr. Branch served as Associate Chancellor for Equity and Inclusion, Chief Diversity Officer, and a Professor of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts–Amherst. Her significant accomplishments in that role included leading the integration of diversity throughout the campus strategic plan, executing the university’s campus climate survey, and creating diversity infrastructure through Climate Advisors in executive areas and Diversity Officers in schools and colleges.
Dr. Branch is a nationally recognized sociologist whose research on work and occupations explores the historical roots and contemporary underpinnings of racial and gender inequality. She is the co-author of the forthcoming book Black in America: The Paradox of the Color Line (2019), the editor of Pathways, Potholes, and the Persistence of Women in Science: Reconsidering the Pipeline (2016), and the author of Opportunity Denied: Limiting Black Women to Devalued Work (2011). Dr. Branch received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University at Albany, SUNY and her B.S. in Biology from Howard University.
Dr. Branch recently sat down with the Rutgers TA Project to discuss her transition to campus, goals of the division, and approaches to promote an inclusive classroom. Listen now.