Dr. Kennaria Brown Recognized for Work in Police Diversity Training

Work featured in national magazine

Kennaria Brown“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.”

View the full article here.


Berea College, the first interracial and coeducational college in the South, focuses on learning, labor and service. The College admits only academically promising students with limited financial resources, primarily from Kentucky and Appalachia, although students come from 40 states and 70 countries. Every Berea student receives a Tuition Promise Scholarship, which means no Berea student pays for tuition. Berea is one of nine federally-recognized Work Colleges, so students work 10 hours or more weekly, earning money for books, housing and meals. The College’s motto, “God has made of one blood all peoples of the earth,” speaks to its inclusive Christian character.