Patrice Palmer

patrice palmer biography

(they/them/their pronouns)

Patrice calls both the Sea Islands of South Carolina and Detroit, Michigan home. Patrice holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Science and Master’s degree in Social Justice from Marygrove College. They are a doctoral candidate in the School of Education at Baylor University where their work revolves around gender variance, workplace inclusion, intersectional leadership and social responsibility.

Their career centers equity, diversity and inclusion within higher education intentionally focusing on the concept of intersectional leadership within organizational structures. As an internationally recognized scholar, Patrice is a fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) of London. Patrice’s 2020 TEDx talk “Are you a Man or Woman…I’m BLACK” has been widely praised as an excellent cohesion of inclusionary social-cultural identity. They are the co-author of the 2019 ACPA (American College Personnel Association) highly celebrated book “Debunking the Myth of Job Fit in Higher Education and Student Affairs”, their co-authored chapter “Code Word Fit: Exploring the Systemic Exclusion of Professionals of Color in Predominately White Institutions” showcases their years of experience working in institutions of higher education as a Black, queer, non-binary, transmasculine person and the issues of race, gender inequity and exclusion that followed.

At Colorado State University, Patrice serves as the Director of Social and Cultural Inclusion in the College of Business as well as an adjunct faculty member in the College’s graduate program and executive leadership program. In 2019 Patrice joined New Belgium Brewing Company as their inaugural DEI subject-matter expert. That partnership marks the first U.S. craft beer position connected with an AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) accredited business administrator role. Currently Patrice serves as the only DEI Specialist in the U.S. craft beer industry with this joint designation. Patrice was recognized in 2020 by Hop Culture Magazine as one of The Most Important Voices in Craft Beer for their contribution to inclusion within the industry. Patrice’s DEI workplace inclusion expertise has been featured on several panels and podcasts such as The One Club for Creativity’s “Diversity is the Bare Minimum—What’s Next?”, NAVEX Global, Inc. “Beyond the Moment: Creating Sustainable Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Programs”, The Chicago BREWseum’s Beer Culture Summit ‘Putting in the Work’, ChooseInclusion Podcast “Black Voices Matter” series and “The LGBTQ Movement: Translating Progress into Corporate Action” hosted by Cornerstone Capital Group; just to name a few.