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Biography

Enobong (Anna) Branch is the senior vice president for equity at Rutgers University and provides strategic leadership to ensure 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. She leads the University and Inclusion office and 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 leading the National Science Foundation funded ADVANCE program pursuing innovative organizational change strategies to spur institutional transformation and support racial and gender equity in the faculty ranks. 

A professor of sociology, Dr. Branch's commitment to advancing equity extends to academic research on labor and work that explores the historical roots and contemporary underpinnings of racial and gender inequality. She is the coauthor of 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). A sought-after national expert on diversity in the academy, Branch serves on several advisory boards that aim to advance inclusive excellence within professional societies, the National Academies, the Association of American Universities and more. Dr. Branch received her Ph.D. in sociology from the University at Albany, SUNY and her B.S. in biology from Howard University. 

 

Highlights

Branch sat down with the Rutgers TA Project in 2019 to discuss her transition to campus, goals of the division, and approaches to promote an inclusive classroom. Listen now.

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 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.

Branch recently participated in the ASU+GSV Summit; watch now to learn more about how higher education can accelerate equity.