2015 TwN Ally Award Recepient
Brian Buford is the assistant provost for diversity and director of the LGBT Center. With nearly 30 years of service to the University of Louisville, Brian has dedicated his career to building a campus community where all students, faculty and staff feel welcome, safe and included. Key achievements under his leadership include: opening a staffed LGBT Center in 2007, the first of its kind in Kentucky; earning a five-star rating on the Campus Pride Index; launching the Bayard Rustin themed housing community for LGBT students and allies, the first of its kind in the south; launching a satellite LGBT Center on the Health Sciences Center campus; partnering with community leaders on Feast on Equality, a signature fundraising event; and being hailed by LEO Weekly as the most LGBT friendly public university in the south.
As assistant provost, Brian guides university departments in creating diversity plans and reviewing progress toward meeting diversity goals; develops and delivers diversity trainings; serves as chair of the Bias Incident Response Team; and advises the administration on campus climate issues and concerns. Brian also serves the university through his adjunct faculty position in the College of Education, Educational and Counseling Psychology Department, and as a trainer/consultant for the Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning.
Honors and recognitions include: Proclamation, Louisville Metro Council, 2014; Humanitarian Award, Association of Black Students, University of Louisville, 2013; Louisville Connector, Leadership Louisville, 2010; Outstanding Service Award, University of Louisville, 1996. Brian counts among his most treasured accomplishments a thru-hike of the 2,175 mile Appalachian Trail in 2007 and Spain's 500-mile Camino de Santiago in 2012.
Quote about Brian from Holly Knight...
"Brian has been an amazing ally for the transgender students at the University of Louisville but also his working with Sienna and now Transwomen National over the years has been invaluable"
Brian uses he/him/his pronouns.