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Brandi Simmons

(BRAN-dee SIH-mons)

Assistant Director, Education, Community Engagement & Special Initiatives

dbran@email.unc.edu

Brandi is from Columbus, Ohio. She completed her Bachelor of Art’s degree at Ohio University in English with a minor in Creative Writing and primary focus in African American literature. She received her Masters of Education in Higher Education from Loyola University Chicago.

Brandi has been at Carolina for nearly three years, previously serving in the office of New Student & Family Programs as the Coordinator for Family Programming & Communications. There, she oversaw such programs as Carolina Family Weekend as well as correspondence initiatives within the office to create diverse engagement and communication opportunities for parents and families.

Brandi brings an unmistakable passion to strengthen diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging within the education sector. She brings DEI experience in facilitating trainings, identifying metrics of initiatives over time, and fundamental practices of belonging through a social justice lens. She is a lover of people, traveling, and all things literature and is passionate about positively impacting the lives of those she comes across and inspiring them to make the most impact in their spheres as well.

Get to Know Brandi

Name your favorite podcasts.

Therapy for Black Girls, Woman Evolve with Sarah Jakes Roberts, Here’s The Thing

Best perk of your job?

I can have a conversation with any one person and learn something entirely new! There’s a wealth of knowledge on campus. So much vitality and breadth. I love hearing about what everyone is doing from faculty to students and how everyone is bringing change to campus or their respective spheres of influence.

In an alternate universe, what would you do for a living?

I would be a menu critic and use my passion for food to taste test at various restaurants.

Name three things that people would be most surprised to learn about you.

I’m a spoken word artist, I was in a bowling league, and I grew up in South Dakota.

What's on your bucket list?

Snorkeling on the Coral Reef

Whom do you admire...and why?

People that wake up everyday and put one foot in front of the other despite their circumstances.