Bria Marcelo, M.A., is a social justice educator and student affairs professional who focuses on educational opportunities, collaboration, and strategic engagement to create change. In her higher education career, Bria has held numerous roles centered on identity, equity, inclusion, diversity, and intercultural communication.
Currently, she serves as the Director of Diversity Resources and Strategic Initiatives at the University of Iowa. Her unit helps drive the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts to shift campus culture to more inclusive, welcomes diversity, breaks down barriers to increase dialogue across difference, and is affirming and respectful of all identities. The primary methods employed include educational opportunities, consultation and coaching, events, resource development, and strategic planning support and engagement. Bria is a certified facilitator in Cultural Intelligence, Restorative Justice, and the National Coalition Building Institute. Bria completed her Master of Arts in Student Affairs Administration at Michigan State University and her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, Social and Economic Justice at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.