Welcome to my website! My name is Brian Edwards and I am a social justice educator, advocate, and consultant. I currently serve as the Rainbow Center Director at the University of Connecticut. Prior to that role, I was the Assistant Director of Equity and Diversity and the Coordinator for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Center at Montclair State University, where I was also an adjunct professor in the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies department teaching courses in the LGBTQ Studies minor.
I have over 13 years of experience in education, specializing in higher education and student affairs. As a consultant and trainer, I have worked with the following institutions and organizations: Ocean County College, Kearny High School, Montclair High School, The College of New Jersey, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Montclair State University, the Fashion Institute of Technology, the Family Services League/SAVE of Essex County, CASA of Passaic County, North Jersey PFLAG, North Jersey Pride, YMCA of Millburn, and many more. I was also the LGBTQ trainer for the Educator’s Training Institute and provided professional development opportunities to high school teachers and counselors in Northern New Jersey.
I am an active member of the Association of College Unions International, the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, Theta Delta Sigma Society, Inc., and the Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals. For the Consortium, I have served as a regional representative for the mid-Atlantic region and am currently on a committee charged with developing national standards of practice for LGBTQ Center professionals in higher education. My passion lies with social justice education as a means to create change. Specifically, I train folks on how we can better support all LGBTQ students individually and institutionally.
Please feel free to browse my site and contact me with any questions and/or consultation or training requests. I’m excited to work with you!