Multicultural Affairs & Community Engagement
The Division of Multicultural Affairs and Community Engagement works to transform the lives of our students and the communities we serve by promoting intergroup understanding, equity, social responsibility, and service while working to prevent discrimination. Our work helps to ensure access so that all who can contribute to and benefit from a relationship with Wright State University are welcomed.
The vision of the Division of Multicultural Affairs and Community Engagement is to institutionalize inclusion so that:
- students leave the university with the ability to participate in our democratic society as informed, compassionate, and engaged citizens;
- members of the campus community are motivated to solve the social problems we share with the greater Dayton area, other municipalities in Raider Country, and the world; and
- everyone who is touched by Wright State University is in some way empowered to reach their unique potential.
Honoring our University’s and Nation’s ongoing aspiration to create a sense of community among the many groups that make up our diverse democracy as well as the tradition of shared governance in higher education, we welcome many voices to our conversations, particularly those who have been underrepresented or disenfranchised.
We "walk the talk" of inclusion, modeling the change we would like to see with humility and courage.
We capitalize on the high-level problem solving, creativity, innovation, and synergy that result from partnering with those engaged in similar work.
We strive to help the people with whom we work identify their strengths and abilities to apply to the issues we address together. Our goal is to help others understand and use their own agency. We are servant leaders facilitating the success of students, faculty, staff and our community.
We are relentless in pursuit of our goals related to diversity, inclusion, and civic engagement.
1. Provide educational programming, professional development opportunities and consultation to promote understanding among various cultural/identity groups and individuals on campus as well as in the communities we serve.
2. Provide job specific diversity related training to university employees.
3. Develop strategies to promote equitable treatment of members of the campus community and to prevent unlawful discrimination.
4. Encourage engaged citizenship on the part of students, faculty and staff through community partnerships, service, social entrepreneurism, political action and activism.
5. Assist in the recruitment of a diverse student body, faculty and staff.
6. Facilitate the creation of a welcoming and inclusive campus climate to assist in the retention of a diverse student body, faculty and staff.
7. Develop strategies to eliminate the academic achievement gap among WSU student groups.
Dr. Kimberly A. Barrett
Vice President for Multicultural Affairs and Community Engagement
Dr. Kimberly Barrett currently serves as Vice President for Multicultural Affairs and Community Engagement at Wright State University. Barrett has more than 20 years experience providing services to college students as well as working with faculty, governing boards, community members and others to promote learning, student development, social justice and diversity. Prior to joining Wright State, Dr. Barrett served as Vice President for Student Affairs at the University of Montevallo (Alabama).
Dr. Barrett has also served as Associate Vice Chancellor of Student Development and Diversity at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire; Vice Provost at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Canada; Associate Provost and Dean of Students at Southeast Missouri State University; and Director of Multicultural Affairs at SUNY Potsdam (N.Y.) College. In addition she was the founding director of the Women’s Center at Murray State University in Kentucky. Dr. Barrett has presented at regional, national and international conferences, taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels, published articles in newspapers and professional journals and served as a diversity consultant. She holds graduate degrees in Psychology and Higher Education.
Throughout her career she has been active in a variety of community organizations in a number of states (and Canada) whose goals relate to achieving social and economic justice.
Ms. Patricia D. Jones
Assistant to the Vice President,
Multicultural Affairs and Community Engagement
Patricia D. Jones currently serves as the Assistant to the Vice President for Multicultural Affairs and Community Engagement at Wright State University. With more than 10 years of experience in providing services to underrepresented students, both at the pre- college and college level, Ms. Jones is passionate about ensuring that all students receive an excellent education and is considered an advocate for students.
Ms. Jones is a graduate of Wright State University, where she obtained her masters degree in Public Administration after earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Bowling Green State University. She is a member of Pi Alpha Alpha, an academic honor society for public affairs and administration. She is also a certified Points of Light Youth Leadership Institute trainer.
Ms. Jones has been very active in her community. She is a graduate of the City of Dayton’s Neighborhood Leadership Institute; has served as secretary for her neighborhood association and has served on the City’s Northwest Priority Board. As an active Dayton Public School parent, Ms. Jones served as a Community Education Council secretary and chair.
Prior to working at Wright State University, Patricia worked as the Marketing Communications Coordinator at a local engineering firm and with middle school students for the First STEP Program at Unified Health Solutions. Over the course of her 11 years at Wright State University, Ms. Jones worked in the Center for Urban and Public Affairs (CUPA), where she directed the Summerbridge Dayton program for eight years, then transitioned the program to the Office of Pre-College Programs. Summerbridge Dayton was an intensive six-week summer academic enrichment program for at-risk middle school students, most of whom attended schools in the lowest performing districts in the State of Ohio. Also while in CUPA, Ms. Jones served as the Southwest Regional Site Manager for the Ohio Certified Public Manager Program; a certification program for local and state managers and supervisors, administered through the Ohio Department of Administrative Services.
Patricia was instrumental in planning and implementing the Association for Black Culture Centers 21st annual national conference, hosted by Wright State University and the Bolinga Black Cultural Resources Center. While in the Bolinga Center, Ms. Jones also coordinated the Vision Mentoring Program, which paired first-year students with upper class students to help them with the transition from high school to college.
Ms. Jones serves on the Diversity in the Multicultural Millennium Conference planning committee, is currently president emeritus of Wright State University’s African American Alumni Society, and a board member for Wright State's Alumni Association.