Multicultural Affairs & Community Engagement
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 of experience providing services to students and working with faculty, governing boards, community members and others to promote learning, student development, social justice and diversity. In her position at Wright State, Dr. Barrett takes a hands-on role in continuing to promote and nourish diversity, multiculturalism and community engagement.
Prior to joining Wright State, Dr. Barrett served as Vice President for Student Affairs at the University of Montevallo (Alabama). She served as the Chief Student Affairs Officer providing services in support of student learning and personal development, which included supervising housing and residence life, disability support, multicultural affairs and other student life offices. Dr. Barrett 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. She was also the founding director of the Women’s Center at Murray State University in Kentucky.
Dr. Barrett has been active in a variety of community organizations in a number of states whose goals relate to achieving social and economic justice. Most recently in Alabama, she lead a group that started a Mental Health Court diversion program for Shelby County Alabama; served as chair of the Board for Shelby Emergency Assistance, an organization that assists people in financial crisis; and was a community columnist for the Shelby County Reporter.
Since 1992, Barrett has served as a diversity consultant, providing sensitivity programming for schools, businesses and community groups on race relations, sexual harassment, homophobia, prejudice reduction and other diversity related areas.
Dr. Barrett has made numerous presentations at regional, national and international conferences, discussing topics such as Diversity education and the public good and Ten years of breaking glass: A Black feminist reflects on equity in higher education. She has taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels and has published articles in newspapers and professional journals.
Barrett obtained her Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Southern Illinois University- Carbondale, her master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Murray State University, and her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Pfeiffer College in Misenheimer, North Carolina.
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 of the City of Dayton’s Northern Hills Neighborhood Association and has served on the City’s Northwest Priority Board. As an active Dayton Public School District parent, Ms. Jones served as the Community Education Council secretary and chair and received the Parent of the Year award from Fairview Middle School.
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 working 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 has served on the Quest for Community planning committee and is currently president of Wright State University’s African American Alumni Society.