Meet the Team

Patricia Birch, MSW, MBA

Director of Inclusive Excellence Initiatives

Phone Number: 508-215-5888
email: pbirch@framingham.edu

Patty joined the Framingham State University family in June 2019. She is the Director of Inclusive Excellence Initiatives and directs the Center for Inclusive Excellence (CIE). The five areas for Inclusive Excellence in the CIE is to provide Diversity in Curriculum, Access & Equity, Community and Civic Engagement, Climate and Intercultural Learning and Development. She provides leadership and support for students, faculty and staff that are engaged in work related to the mission of the CIE. Patty is an avid Equity Advocate and continues to work to advance student, staff and faculty social justice perspective to build narratives of life giving truth to our FSU community. She has held several leadership positions in previous institutions and regional student affairs organizations in the New England area. Prior to coming to FSU, she served as an Adjunct Faculty member in the School of Social Work at Boston College, taught a Thinking Intercultural course and served on a number of Equity Diversity and Inclusion committees in the School of Social Work, Residential Life and as a member of the Office of Institutional Diversity Annual Diversity Summit. She is a Qualified Administrator for the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) and is a trained Campus of Difference and MBTI facilitator. In addition, to her professional work she is an Area 32 Director for Toastmasters International, District 31, Division C. She serves as the Director of Mutualove Inc. a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide self-empowerment group support to survivors of domestic violence. She enjoys volunteering in her local community through supporting the school district. Patricia’s work and volunteer experience is a perfect complement to her professional Social Work experience and research interest. Patricia’s research focus is on URM students sense of belonging, persistence and educational engagement. In her free time, she enjoys reading, swimming, camping and spending time with family and friends.