Dr. Naima Brown was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA by a single mother. Dr. Brown became the first person in her family to attend and graduate from a university. She completed a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Florida A&M University and then went on to earn her Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Sociology from the University of Florida.
Dr. Brown was hired as a professor of sociology at Santa Fe College in 2000 and played an instrumental role in internationalizing the marriage & family curriculum. With the support of the College, she traveled to Africa, Europe, South America, Asia, & the Middle East to learn and teach about cultural differences within families. She has led several study abroad tours and has also hosted international visitors on campus. As a passionate and student-centered faculty member and advisor, Dr. Brown has been recognized by the SF Faculty with the Teachers Honoring Teachers Award, by SF Student Government with the Distinguished Faculty Member of the Year, by SF Athletics as Faculty Member of the Year, and by SF Student Life as Advisor of the Year.
In December of 2013, Dr. Brown was named Vice President for Student Affairs at Santa Fe College after serving in the interim position for over a year. She is currently on the Board of Directors of the Gainesville HIPPY (Home Instruction for Parents of Pre-School Youngsters) and on the Board of Directors of the Star Center Children’s Theater. Additionally, Dr. Brown is a motivational speaker, a long-term mentor, an HIV/AIDS educator, a member of the 40th class of Leadership Gainesville and an active congregant at Compassionate Outreach Ministries. In her down time, Dr. Brown enjoys playing Scrabble.