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Leadership and Advocacy

Scholar. Author. Civic Influencer.

Leadership and Advocacy by Dr. Khalilah L. Brown-Dean

Khalilah L. Brown-Dean is dedicated to promoting greater civic engagement and representation for underrepresented and underserved communities. She is an award-winning champion for comprehensive criminal justice reform and is dedicated to removing the stigma surrounding mental health and wellness.

Currently, Khalilah serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven; one of the oldest and largest community foundations in the country. She is the Immediate Past President of the Theta Epsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and continues to serve the organization on the local and regional level. She has held elected and appointed positions in various professional organizations and completed Board service to organizations such as The Prison Policy Initiative.

2017 Game Changer Award

Public Safety and Criminal Justice, Presented by the Connecticut NAACP State Conference Youth and College Division

2017 Top 25 Most Influential Women

Presented by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education and Beyond

2017 Education Award

Presented by the Delta Iota Sigma Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated

2016 Fannie Lou Hamer Award

Outstanding Community Service, Presented by the National Conference of Black Political Scientists

2015 Outstanding Community Leadership Award

Presented by the Connecticut State Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission

2014 Legacy Award

Presented by the National Association of Blacks in Law Enforcement

2014 Walt Everitt Humanitarian Award

Presented by the Connecticut Network to Abolish the Death Penalty

2014 Forty Under Forty Award

Presented by Connecticut Magazine

2013 100 Most Influential Blacks in Connecticut Award

Presented by the Connecticut State Conference of NAACP Branches

2009 Senior Justice Advocacy Fellow

Open Society Foundations

2008 Sojourner Truth Award

Presented by the NANBPWC, Incorporated

2007 Wilma Holmes Tootle Education Advancement Award

Presented by the North Atlantic Region of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated