Branden D. Elmore
Branden D. Elmore is a fourth-year PhD candidate in the Higher Education program at The Pennsylvania State University. He is a graduate of Fayetteville State University, where he obtained a B.A. in Communication with a Certificate in Professional Writing, as well as, a M.A .in Communication Studies (PR and Organizational Communication) from University of Cincinnati. An esteemed student leader, Branden has served on executive positions in Student Government, Graduate Student, Student Activities, and Professional associations. Entering Penn State in 2016, Branden received a fully funded Bunton-Waller Fellowship to complete his graduate studies. Since his time at Penn State, Branden has worked closely with the Office of Graduate Educational Equity to help provide an inclusive experience for graduate students throughout the university. Branden also has served on the Graduate School Alumni Society Board as a graduate student representative. In 2018, Branden sat on the College of Education’s Graduate Student Council and lead the planning committee for a Blue and White Tailgate event partnering with other graduate student organizations. Branden has also been a part of the Black Graduate Student, as well as, Higher Education Student Associations while at Penn State. In addition, he was named one of the inaugural National Black Justice Coalition’s “100 Emerging Black LGBT Leaders”; was awarded with a National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Graduate Student Research Award; and, has presented at numerous conferences in his field of Higher Education. Branden’s favorite memory while at Penn State is spending his summers enjoying the beauty of Happy Valley.