Karona Monica Mason, class of 1982


In this interview recorded during the 2018 All-class Black Alumni Reunion, Karona Monica Mason, Brown University class of 1982, discusses her experiences as a student on the Brown University campus. Mason begins by describing her childhood and early education in Washington, D.C. She emphasizes always having Black role models, including her mother and father who worked for the federal government and Howard University respectively.

Mason goes on to explain why she chose to attend Brown, citing that she felt comfortable on the campus and that her acquaintances insisted the institution supported Black students. This leads her to elucidate that she is not sure whether Black students in 2018 have the same positive experiences she did, particularly in terms of support, and that she wanted to take the time at the Black Alumni Reunion to assess the campus and evaluate how she could make a greater impact on current students’ experiences.

When asked about some of her best memories of Brown, Mason notes her membership in the Delta Sigma Theta sorority, the Organization United African People, and the Third World Center. She again mentions how diverse and inclusive the campus, students, and faculty were at the time, but briefly mentions some of the difficulties she had as a pre-med student. She also generally touches upon the topic of sexual assault on campus.

In speaking of life after Brown, Mason describes her year at Harvard University and comments on how different it was from Brown. She goes on to highlight her current work in podiatry and as the Associate Dean of Clinical Experiences at Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine. She closes her interview by suggesting that Brown needs to “widen their net” to bring more socioeconomically diverse students to campus and that the administration needs new ideas about how to enrich students’ lives.

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Recorded on September 21, 2018 at the Pembroke Hall Seminar Room, Brown University, Providence, RI
Interviewed by Mary Murphy, Nancy L. Buc ’65 LLD‘94 hon Pembroke Center Archivist

Suggested Chicago style citation: Mason, Karona Monica. Interview. By Mary Murphy. Pembroke Center Oral History Project, Brown University. September 21, 2018.


Dr. Karona Mason grew up in Washington, D.C. She was born to a mother who worked for the federal government and a father who was the Director of Printing and Reproduction for Howard University. Neither attended college. She entered Brown University in 1978 as a biology concentrator and later graduated in 1982 with her A.B. She went on to earn an MA in Health Care Administration from Central Michigan University and a DPM from Temple College of Podiatric Medicine. She has served as a board member to the National Podiatric Medical Association and worked in Texas and Chicago. Mason continues to perform surgery while also serving as Associate Dean of Clinical Experiences at Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine.