Name pronunciation: krIs wUdz | Pronouns: he/him/his
Chris Woods is the senior director of inclusive policy and director of the NYU LGBTQ+ Center. He serves as the primary point of contact for inclusive policies, practices, and initiatives for LGBTQ+ students, faculty, and staff, in addition to the day-to-day management of the LGBTQ+ Center. Additionally, he collaborates with University partners and across OGI leadership on inclusive policy development and operational work to advance the University's core mission in support of global inclusion, diversity, belonging, equity, and access (GIDBEA).
Prior to this role, Chris served as the associate director of multicultural affairs and LGBTQ+ outreach at Columbia University and as the program administrator for the NYU LGBTQ+ Center. He is a former board co-chair and racial justice chair for the Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals and was a chapter contributor in the 2017 book, Queer People of Color in Higher Education. He has dedicated much of his academic and professional life to LGBTQ+ inclusion in higher education and given talks on the topics of queer and trans people of color, racial justice and intersectionality, bi/multiracial identities, and the intersections of faith, race, and sexuality at conferences, colleges, and universities across the nation. Chris received his Bachelor of Arts in English and Religious Studies from New York University and his Master of Arts in Higher Education and Student Affairs from The Ohio State University. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Sociology of Education at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.