Associate Director, Delaware Space Grant, University of Delaware
Dr. Brian Chad Starks, speaker, Writer and Critical Criminologist. Born and raised in “The Metro” – Columbia, South Carolina, he attended Richland County public schools and graduated from Columbia High School. Dr. Starks attended Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina, where he played football and majored in Sociology. For more than twenty years, he has worked to build social justice and equity for individuals, organizations and communities. The former owner of B. Chad Bonding, Dr. Starks holds a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of South Carolina and a doctorate in Criminology from the University of Delaware. Dr. Starks defended his dissertation, “A Bail of Two Cities: Examining the First Criminal Court Phase – Atlanta vs. Philadelphia,” in August 2012. In his dissertation, Dr. Starks examined the social organizational structure of the bail systems of Atlanta and Philadelphia. He has been on the faculty at Lynchburg College, Delaware State University, and Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina. Dr. Starks also serves as an Associate Director with the Delaware NASA Space Grant Consortium where he works to increase minority student representation. In 2014, Dr. Starks was awarded the Louis L. Redding Diversity Award from the University of Delaware. This award honors individuals who have implemented diversity programs that resulted in a significant change to the culture and climate of the university. In 2016, Dr. Starks received the NAACP Civil Rights award from the Lynchburg, Virginia Branch. He was also inducted into the 2016 Wofford College Athletics Hall of Fame. Dr. Starks is an active member of his community, serving on the Boards of Directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters and Beacon of Hope. He is a proud member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated. As CEO of BCS & Associates Consulting Firm, Dr. Starks travels around the country, speaking and teaching the truth about implicit bias, cultural competency, and structural inequality.