President Gregory Woodward is pleased to announce the appointment of Christine Grant M’99 as Special Assistant to the President for Diversity and Community Engagement. In this new position, Grant will partner with all sectors of the campus community to assist the President in providing programs and initiatives that build a culture that respects all members of the campus community, celebrates their contributions, and affirms the diversity of our campus.
To assist the President in improving the campus learning, living, and working environment, Grant will study and solicit research on workplace diversity, social equity, and inclusion best practices and recommend innovative and creative short- and long-range campus-wide programming initiatives, trainings, and activities.
Grant will continue to serve as a liaison to the regional community and represent the University in community partnerships and engagement.
Prior to this appointment, Grant was the University’s external relations manager responsible for cultivating mutually beneficial relationships with corporate and community groups such as MassMutual Financial Group, Special Olympics, Model U.N., World Affairs Council, and local businesses, schools, and non-profit organizations in Bloomfield, West Hartford, and Hartford.
Grant developed and launched the University’s popular annual Martin Luther King Day program that has been held on campus for 12 years and chairs the planning committee. She is Executive Director of University Park, a coalition of government, corporate, and community organizations in Bloomfield, West Hartford, and Hartford. She is also a board member of Upper Albany Main Street and the Hartford Public Schools Higher Education District Advisory Board.
Grant holds a Master of Science in Organizational Behavior from the University of Hartford, a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from University of Bridgeport, and an Associate of Science in Marketing and Management from the Berkley School in White Plains, NY. As an adjunct professor, she teaches a University Interdisciplinary Studies course, “The Caribbean Mosaic.”
Please congratulate Chris on her new position.