Equity, Inclusion and Diversity


At the Heller School, commitment to equity, inclusion and diversity spans the entire community. Take a moment to get to know the people, from members of the administration to students and alumni, who are dedicated to social justice advocacy for marginalized populations at Brandeis and beyond.
Maria Madison, associate dean for equity, inclusion and diversity

Maria Madison, Associate Dean for Equity, Inclusion and Diversity

In October 2017, the Heller School welcomed Maria Madison as the Associate Dean for Equity, Inclusion and Diversity (AD EID), the first to hold this position. Madison has over 20 years of experience in evidence-based research and management, especially in the design and implementation of clinical trials both in the U.S. and globally. Throughout her career, Madison has managed multidisciplinary, multicultural teams in various challenging settings and consistently engaged with social justice issues.

In addition to her role as Associate Dean for Equity, Inclusion and Diversity, Madison also serves as director of Heller's Institute for Economic and Racial Equity.

Madison is an educator, and currently holds an adjunct faculty position at the University for Global Health Equity in Kigali, Rwanda. She is also the founder and president of the Robbins House, Inc., a historic home and nonprofit organization focused on raising awareness of African-American history in Concord, Mass. Madison earned both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s in environmental policy and public health from Tufts University, and an ScD in population and international health from Harvard University’s School of Public Health.

The creation of the AD EID position was largely advocated for by Heller students, many of whom participated in Ford Hall 2015, a 12-day student sit-in protesting a lack of diversity, equity and inclusion efforts at Brandeis University. 

Read more about Madison's philosophy toward her role in this SPAN Magazine article.

Maria Madison can be reached at mtm@brandeis.edu, by phone (781-736-3886) or in Heller-Schneider office 119.


Tynika Booth, Equity, Inclusion and Diversity Administrator

Tynika Booth, Equity, Inclusion and Diversity Administrator

Tynika has been working in education for over seven years. In this time, she has supported students, families, faculty and staff at both the secondary and postsecondary level. Most recently, Tynika managed student-facing resources and oversaw student programs and services implementation at Berklee College of Music.

As EID Administrator, Tynika plays a key role in nurturing collaborations, programs, workshops and communications. She liaisons with our graduate research assistants, alumni and related offices across Brandeis, including the Brandeis Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.

Prior to working in higher education, Tynika worked at Boston Arts Academy, a public arts high school that provides its diverse student body with access to an innovative program that may not otherwise be available to them. Working in a school where the majority of students come from low-income families deepened her understanding of the external barriers that too often prevent our most marginalized students from realizing their higher education goals. This experience inspired her to earn a master’s degree in International Higher Education and Intercultural Relations from Lesley University, where she laid the foundation to work more effectively in support of diverse students pursuing their personal, academic and professional goals. She also holds a BA from American University in Washington, D.C.

In addition to her professional accomplishments, Tynika is an artist and has been a member of a West African dance company since 2013. In her free time, she can usually be found in the dance studio, at a show, reading, or getting overly excited about a good meal. She also enjoys traveling, receiving music recommendations and sitting in the sun.

Tynika can be reached at tbooth2@brandeis.edu.

Contact Information

Maria Madison, Associate Dean for Equity, Inclusion and Diversity

Office: Heller-Schneider 119

Phone: 781-736-3886

Email: mtm@brandeis.edu