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Dana Brown

Dana Brown is the Senior Director of Enrichment and Opportunity Programs.  She currently oversees the Office of Opportunity Programs (OP), which houses the eight programs: the SUNY Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), the Empire State Opportunity Program (ESOP), the Empire Promise Program (EPP), Military Veteran Opportunity Program, Presidential Scholars, Foster Youth College Success Initiative, My Brother’s Keeper Teacher Opportunity Corps II, and the Fortified Classroom- all programs that work to close equity gaps for underrepresented and underserved students  Before starting OP she was a Mentor and Pre-enrollment Advisor at the College since 2008. Her previous professional experience includes the administration of pipeline programs and programs, supporting underrepresented and underserved students and communities, as well as enrollment management.  She has a Master’s of Education in English and Middle/Secondary Education for Professional Licensure, and a Bachelor of Science in English Literature and Middle School Education.   Although she mentors across the disciplines, Ms. Brown's specialty is advising students who have the goal of becoming teachers. She holds a teacher certification in English Language Arts for Middle and Secondary Education (grades 5-12).  She has taught and developed courses in the humanities area, such as Children's Literature, Exploring Freedom, Independent Learning Strategies, English Composition, and Writing for the Workplace.  Aside from her academic work, she runs a non-profit 501c3 organization that works to bridge the gap between home, school, and community for K-12 students. 


  • M.Ed. in English and Middle/Secondary Education for Professional Licensure from Lesley University
  • Bachelor of Science in English Literature and Middle School Education from Lesley University


  • Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Professional Service - 2023-06-07