Chris Woods (left) and Monroe France in a recording studio with microphones.

Chris Woods (left) and Monroe France visit the You Matter! podcast to talk about LGBTQ+ resources available to the NYU community.

Monroe France is the Associate Vice President for Global Engagement and Inclusive Leadership at New York University. Monroe is responsible for enhancing inclusion, diversity, equity and belonging (IDBE) opportunities and resources for graduate students, postdocs, researchers, and faculty, as well as the staff and administrators across all of NYU campuses and global academic centers.  Prior to this role, Monroe served as the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Diversity Initiatives at New York University. He has more than 20 years of experience as an educator, professional trainer, consultant, strategist, and keynote presenter. He has taught courses; delivered lectures and keynote addresses on inclusive and innovative leadership, transformation and human rights across the globe. Monroe is an adjunct professor for the NYU Silver School of Social Work and NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Communication's Higher Education and Student Affairs program. Monroe has received numerous honors and accolades, including New York University’s 2012 Distinguished Administrator of the Year Award; Student Affairs Administrators’ (NASPA) Diversity Achievement Award; and the 2018 The Ohio State University’s Dr. Maude Stewart for exceptional leadership, service and innovation in the profession of Higher Education and Student Affairs.   

Chris Woods is the Director of the NYU LGBTQ+ Center. Prior to this role, he served as the Associate Director of Multicultural Affairs and LGBTQ Outreach at Columbia University and as the Program Administrator for the NYU LGBTQ+ Center. Chris has dedicated much of his academic and professional life to LGBTQ+ student services in higher education and the intersections of faith and sexuality on college campuses. He is a current board co-chair, and former 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 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.