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Brown-Hinds to Receive Honorary Doctorate at CSUSB Spring Commencement
By Sentinel News Service
Published March 31, 2022

Paulette D. Brown-Hinds, Ph.D. (Courtesy photo)

Paulette D. Brown-Hinds will receive an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters (L.H.D.) from California State University, San Bernardino at its spring Commencement on May 21.

She is the founder of Voice Media Ventures and a second-generation publisher of The Black Voice News, the 50-year-old community newspaper and first Black American online news publication on the West Coast.

Under her leadership as the publisher, The Black Voice News has chronicled some of the most important stories impacting the lives of Black Californians while expanding its scope of civic involvement, and addressing issues from disparities in health, education and wealth to police violence, social justice and civil rights battles. An award-winning columnist and John S. Knight Community Impact Fellow at Stanford University, Brown-Hinds has nearly 30 years of experience in media, communications and community engagement.


She has served on multiple influential boards including the James Irvine FoundationAmerican Press InstituteCalifornia Press Foundation and the California News Publishers Association, the largest and oldest trade association for the news publishing industry in the state. In 2019, she served as president of the board, becoming the first African American elected to lead the organization. She is also the first African American to chair the Inland Empire Community Foundation board.

As a lifelong student of African American literature, culture and history, Brown-Hinds leads Underground Railroad Study Tours for the Black Voice Foundation, stewards a collection of rare antebellum slavery artifacts and is the founder of Mapping Black California, a community mapping and STE[A]M (science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics) initiative. She has published various scholarly articles on 20th-century Black women writers.

Additionally, she taught expository writing to students in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences as an adjunct professor at CSUSB between 1993-2013. Since 2016, she has served as an adjunct professor at the University of California, Riverside, teaching a course on connecting students in media and the arts with the broader community.

“I was born into a family that values service over self, and I have spent my life serving the community through media, philanthropy and education,” Brown-Hinds said.

“It means so much to me to receive this honor from CSUSB, an educational institution that played such an important role in my development as a leader and continues to play such an important role in the region.”

“Conferring an honorary doctorate upon Dr. Brown-Hinds in recognition of her profound impact and dedicated service to California, would be a great honor for CSUSB,” said the university’s president, Tomás D. Morales.


“As an anchor institution in the region, we would be remiss not to recognize her long-lasting contributions to journalism, culture and arts, and providing a voice to communities.”

Brown-Hinds is a former fellow at the Salzburg Seminar in American Studies, Salzburg, Austria. She earned a BA in English literature from California State University, San Bernardino and an MA and Ph.D. in English literature from the University of California, Riverside.


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