Mylene Culbreath
Associate Director, Diversity & Inclusion Consulting, University of Minnesota

Mylene Culbreath, PhD is a thought leader in the study of educational equity, access and career decision-making. Specifically, her work seeks to uncover the intersections of identity formation and its impact on career outcomes through education. Earlier work explored the reintegration of formerly incarcerated students at the community college level. Later work considered how GRIT, sense of belongingness and self-awareness inform the pursuit of scholarship among undergraduate students considering graduate education. Her commitment to the scholar-practitioner model is illustrated through publications and countless trainings for student affairs and career advising professionals, ensuring theory can be optimally applied to practice.

Currently, Dr. Culbreath is a Diversity and Inclusion Consultant at the University of Minnesota. In that role, her research considers institutional readiness to serve students from underrepresented backgrounds. She partners with academic leaders and staff to identify inclusive strategies to increase the retention of indigenous and people of color in graduate education. She has created culturally responsive approaches to faculty mentorship and advising practices.

Extending beyond the academy, Mylene prides herself on more than a decade of work with the American Cancer Society’s Look Good Feel Better (LGFB) program. As a LGFB facilitator, she assists women in adjusting to the aesthetic effects of cancer treatment through a cathartic and community building experience. Dr. Culbreath also serves on the board of the Maya Project, a non-profit organization designed to increase exposure and mastery of STEM subject areas for the advancement of educational and economic enhancement. Lastly, Mylene continues to celebrate her lifetime commitment to Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.

Mylene holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Virginia, a MEd in Counselor Education from Old Dominion University and a PhD in Workforce Education, with an emphasis in Training and Development from the University of Georgia.