Episode 90: Monroe France and Chris Woods, NYU's Office of Global Inclusion, Diversity and Strategic Innovation
In this episode, Karen speaks with Monroe France, NYU Senior Associate Vice President for Global Engagement and Inclusive Leadership and Chris Woods, Director, LGBTQ+ Center at NYU. Monroe and Chris talk about the ways in which the Office of Global Inclusion, Diversity, and Strategic Innovation is dedicated to developing strategies to enhance the lives of all members of the NYU community.
Monroe France Bio
Name pronunciation: mon-rOH frAnss | Pronouns: he/him/his
Monroe France serves as NYU’s senior associate vice president for global engagement and inclusive leadership. In this role, he is responsible for enhancing inclusion, diversity, belonging, and equity opportunities and resources for NYU community members—including students, researchers, faculty, staff, and administrators—throughout the University’s global network. Prior to this position, Monroe was the associate vice president for student affairs and diversity initiatives at NYU. He has more than two decades of global experience as an educator, strategist, consultant, trainer, and presenter in the areas of inclusive and innovative leadership, transformation, and human rights. He is an adjunct professor at the NYU Silver School of Social Work and the NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Communication’s Higher Education and Student Affairs program. Monroe is honored to have received a number of awards for his work, including NYU’s 2012 Distinguished Administrator of the Year Award; the Student Affairs Administrators’ (NASPA) Diversity Achievement Award; and the 2018 The Ohio State University’s Maude A. Stewart Award for exceptional leadership, service, and innovation in higher education and student affairs.
Chris Woods Bio
Name pronunciation: krIs wUdz | Pronouns: he/him/his
Chris Woods is the 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. 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.