Work featured in national magazine
“Empathetic, strong and fearless” were some of the words describing Dr. Kennaria Brown, associate professor of Communication at Berea College, in a feature article by Rachel James Clevenger published in the January issue of Private University Products and News Magazine.
For the past five years, Brown has assisted Berea City Police Chief David Gregory in diversity training to improve community and police communications, particularly related to cultural, racial and social differences. Brown is adamant that the Berea police officers were “not reflective” of what was happening across the nation, such as in Ferguson, Missouri.
This past year, Brown included two of her students in the diversity training project though Berea College’s Undergraduate Research and Creative Projects program, a summer mentor-apprentice program designed to enhance student learning through collaborative, challenging, directed programs with a faculty member.
Chief Gregory appreciates Brown’s passionate and professional approach.
“Brown is special, one of the best educators [I have] met in more than 20 years of policing,” he said. “Dr. Brown is great at communicating and worked a lot of hours in making her police department one that believes in respect and understanding its community.”