Christina Wright

Christina Wright

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Christina Wright selected as first Multicultural Faculty-in-Residence

Ohio University College of Business visiting professor of sports administration Christina K. Wright has been named the first Multicultural Faculty-in-Residence effective Fall Semester 2017.

The Multicultural Faculty-in-Residence position was created by the Ohio University Office for Diversity and Inclusion, in partnership with the Office of Housing and Residence Life, to help attract diverse faculty members to the Athens Campus.

Wright, who openly identifies as an Asian-American woman with Type I diabetes, has served in her current position since August. Prior to that, she worked as an adjunct faculty member in Sports Administration since January 2012, while working at the National Collegiate Athletic Association. During her more than five-year tenure in the College of Business, she has served as a teacher, academic course planner, student team coach, researcher and advisor.

After earning her bachelor’s degree in public communication with a minor in statistics from American University in Washington D.C. in 2007, Wright obtained two master’s degrees from Ohio University – one in business administration in 2009 and one in sports administration and facility management in 2010. She also pursued her Ph.D. in higher education and student affairs at Indiana University in Bloomington for two years before leaving the program to pursue other career opportunities.

Wright said her interest in the faculty-in-residence position began early in the school year.

“I met with Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion Dr. Shari Clarke early in the school year to tell her how I wanted to do research on how the Sports Administration program can attract diverse graduate students and faculty,” Wright said. “That is when she told me about the new multicultural faculty-in-residence position. With my strong background in student affairs and programming and training, it ended up being a perfect fit.”

Wright’s duties will include:

  • working at least 45 hours a semester
  • establishing goals and an action plan for the academic year
  • designing and organizing at least one multicultural program for her residence hall residents each semester
  • meeting with the residential director or graduate residential director
  • attending an in-hall staff meeting each month
  • completing an annual review and meeting each semester with Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion Dr. Clarke or her special assistant, Dr. Alicia Chavira-Prado

The Faculty-in-Residence position comes with a furnished apartment in a residence hall, meal stipend and a campus parking pass. Wright will reside in Gamertsfelder Hall on the East Green.

Dr. Clarke said she is excited to add Wright to her diversity team.

“I am extremely excited to have Christina as our first multicultural faculty-in-residence," Dr. Clarke said. "This position will provide a seamless transition between the classroom and the residence hall environment and increase the presence of diverse faculty in our residence halls."

Wright said diversity has become a way of life for her.

“Too many times our conversations are around checkboxes,” Wright said. “Are you male or female, white, ethnic minority or international. So much of the conversation should be ‘we are all diverse and we all bring perspectives beyond these checkboxes.’ The checkboxes are important because we want diversity around the table, but the way we identify ourselves is much broader than the checkboxes.”

Wright said she looks forward to helping students become successful adults who appreciate diversity.

“College should be about finding yourself and becoming that adult,” Wright said. “Diversity touches every part of your life, no matter where you go. If I can impact one student, then the Faculty-in-Residence Program is a success. If I can create a diverse environment on campus, I can help recruit other diverse faculty.

“I want to build this community and let diverse faculty and staff know that working and living in Athens is a great option. Helping people understand that is part of my duties as the first multicultural faculty-in-residence.”

College of Business Dean Hugh Sherman recommended Wright for the faculty in residence position. In his recommendation letter to Dr. Clarke, he wrote:

“On behalf of the College of Business, I would like to nominate Christina Wright for the Multicultural Faculty-in-Residence program. Christina is considering an offer in accepting a Group 2 position in our Department of Sports Administration and based on the criteria, interest and qualifications, I believe she would be an asset to the university community in this role.”

Sherman added that as a resident assistant at American University, Wright was the recipient of the Executive Director Award of Excellence, the highest honor for a resident assistant who builds community and develops engaging programming on his or her floor. He also noted that she served in a similar role for a summer transition program at American that was designed to support 42 incoming freshmen who identify as ethnic minorities and/or women transitioning from high school to college.

Wright said she is looking forward to making an impact on campus.

“Aside from living with the students, I will work with my resident director and my nine RAs in Gamertsfelder to collaborate and build bridges,” Wright said. “I will give students a safe space to discuss hard-to-talk-about diversity topics.”