Psychology Professor Strategic Advocate
by Susan Shelly
Brenda Ingram-Wallace, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology and director of the Counseling Center at Albright College, has been appointed to a new, elevated role as associate vice president for advocacy and full participation at the college. This strategic administrative position is designed to facilitate the important work necessary for the college to meet aspirations outlined in its inclusivity and equity statement and its 2030 goal of equity in student success across all student demographics.
Reporting to President Jacquelyn S. Fetrow, Ph.D. ’82, in a role that she helped design, Ingram-Wallace will continue her longstanding commitment to equity, inclusivity and full participation, working with the administration, faculty, staff and students to build community and create a welcoming and inclusive space where all may have a voice. She will provide support for groups of all student identities and serve in an ombudsperson role for faculty, staff and students who feel (or have felt) harassment or discrimination.
With 32 years of higher education experience, 20 years of administrative experience and 35 years of clinical experience, Ingram-Wallace is a seasoned professional with niche and general expertise.
“Brenda Ingram-Wallace is the perfect appointment to this position,” said Fetrow. “Since her Albright faculty appointment in 1989, she has taken on a multitude of roles, both visible and unrecognized, in service to Albright College and its students and, thus, brings deep working knowledge of the college and its systems, as well as ties to the many groups within our college who may benefit from her leadership in this role.”
Ingram-Wallace will facilitate and assist in the development of an environment that supports programs that allow the many and diverse Albright voices to be heard, and she will provide consultation on issues that involve harassment, discrimination or inequity. Although she will continue her role as director of the Counseling Center and will continue to hold her tenured faculty rank, she will not be teaching formal classes during this appointment.
In addition to serving as director of the Counseling Center and director of the Central Pennsylvania African American Museum/Black Cultural Collection and Resource Center at Albright, Ingram-Wallace is convener of the Faculty and Staff of African Descent, co-chair of the Task Force on Race Relations at Albright and co-convener of Empowering Albright Voices.
“Over the years, Brenda has supported our students in so many ways, from facilitating the former gospel choir, to advising today’s Xion Step and Dance team and the Albright Christian Fellowship, as well as serving as an informal adviser to thousands of students, faculty and staff,” said Fetrow. “Her commitment to Albright College, the campus community, and our work as a college to develop and support a thriving, supportive, equitable and empowered community is unrivaled.”