Meet the Senior Vice President
Enobong (Anna) Branch
Enobong (Anna) Branch is the senior vice president for equity at Rutgers University and provides strategic leadership to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in every aspect of university life. She ensures that the institutional commitment to equity is reflected in the research, educational, and public engagement efforts that occur throughout the university and the focus extends to faculty, staff, and students. Dr. Branch oversees the Division of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement on the New Brunswick campus, championing the role of diversity and inclusion in achieving excellence and 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 and chief diversity officer 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, creating diversity infrastructure through climate advisors in executive areas and diversity officers in schools and colleges, and serving as the Principal Investigator of the National Science Foundation ADVANCE grant to pursue innovative organizational change strategies to spur institutional transformation to support racial and gender equity in the faculty ranks.
A professor of sociology, Dr. Branch's research interests are in race, racism, and inequality; intersectional theory; work and occupations; and diversity in science. She explores the historical roots and contemporary underpinnings of racial and gender inequality. She is the coauthor of the new book Black in America: The Paradox of the Color Line (2020), 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.
Branch spoke to the greater need for community and connection while we are physically isolated; watch now and learn more about the goals of the #RCommunity initiative.
Branch recently participated in the AAAS 45th Annual Forum on Science & Technology Policy; watch now to learn more about her scholarly take on the challenges to diversifying science.
Rutgers Today’s article on Branch showed how the first senior vice president for equity is uniquely prepared to inspire change across the university. Read now.