Dr. Brian Saltsman is an expert in Diversity Equity and Inclusion.
Dr. Brian Saltsman is currently Interim Chief Diversity Officer with Alfred University. He was appointed Alfred University’s Director of Student Diversity and Inclusion in July of 2018.
He develops and implements programs designed to increase the participation of diverse students in campus-wide events and activities and deepen their engagement in the University.
Saltsman oversees the Institute for Cultural Unity (ICU), at Alfred. collective of 15 student organizations. He also trains and supervises Alfred University Agents of Change helping them better grasp and make necessary changes regarding diversity practices within the school.
Brian serves on various committees, including the Bias Response Team, President’s Committee on Diversity, and the Social Justice Curriculum Committee. He is the co-director of the Africana Studies minor, is a Qualified Administrator for the Intercultural Development Index (IDI), and works with the Athletics Department as a liaison to the NCAA for Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives.
Prior to his role with Alfred University he had nearly two decades of experience in higher education. He was at Allegheny College in Meadville, PA, from 2009-16, serving as assistant professor in the Psychology and Black Studies departments. He is a trained facilitator in the Sustained Dialogues program, Safe Zone, and aspiring allyship. He served at Allegheny as a Faculty Athletic Representative and as both Director and Associate Director of the Center for Intercultural Advancement and Student Success (CIASS).
Prior to coming to Allegheny College, Saltsman was an instructor for two years (2007-09) in the Biobehavioral Health Department at Pennsylvania State University, teaching general education and biobehavioral health classes. He earned a bachelor’s degree in biobehavioral health from Pennsylvania State University in 2001. In 2007, he earned a doctoral degree in biobehavioral health from Penn State, with emphases in racial and ethnic identity, intercultural health disparities, and adoptive familial development.
About Dr. Saltsman
Alfred University News
Presentation at the Bergren Forum on Transracial Adoption
Black Student Athlete Summit
Speaking, Workshop and Training Experience
2020 Organizational Facilitator with focus on Disability Services, ADA accommodations, LGBTQ+ issues and curricular innovation
2020 Diversity Assessments and debriefings
2020 Planned and facilitated Black Documentary and Film Discussion Series
2020 Co-sponsored Women’s Documentary and Film Discussion Series with the Judson Leadership Center
2020 The Black Caucus Advisor
2020 Co-facilitated forum on racial climate
2020 Co-director of Africana Studies Minor
2020 African American Experience Instructor
2020 Keynote speaker for MLK Community Dinner
2020 MLK Service Award Nominee
2020 Interim Chief Diversity Officer
2020- Present Consultation with academic, athletic, and student affairs entities and divisions on Diversity and Inclusion topics
2020 Service on SUNY Chief Diversity Officer Advisement Committee
2020 Development and execution of departmental benchmarking report on Diversity Equity and Inclusion
2020 Procurement and distribution of professional development plan for Agents of Change
2020 Facilitate Public Listening sessions for the purpose of gathering information for policy reform, social justice reform, and increasing dialogue
2019 Co-developed Sister Circle mentorship and support aiding in the academic, social, and professional development program for Black and Brown, female identifying students
2019 Co-developed Brother to Brother mentorship and support aiding in the academic, social, and professional development program for Black and Brown, female identifying students
2019 Common Ground panelist
2016 Common Ground Facilitator
2019 Bias Response Team Member President’s Committee on Diversity Member
2019 Anti-racist Action Collective Member
2019- Present Development and execution of Implicit Bias training modules, resources, and program for organizational search committees
2019 Presentation at the Bergren Forum on Transracial Adoption
2019 – Present Development, advisement, consultation, and distribution of Inclusion and Equity Statements from various entities around the University
2018 Certified as SafeZone Facilitator
2012- Present Guest lecturer and presenter on Race, Diversity and Social Identity