Advocacy and motivation for equity in education, business, and social justice are the professional strengths and personal priorities of Christopher S. Dennis.
A founding consultant of the Campus Culture Group, he most recently served as the Director of Equity and Diversity at the Collegiate School of New York. This role followed his appointment as Associate Dean of Students and Director of Case Management at Scripps College in Claremont, CA, and Assistant Dean of Student Affairs at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. In each role, Christopher has remained engaged with students in and beyond the classroom. His most relevant experience includes faculty and staff recruitment, NCAA Division I and II coaching and recruitment, enrollment management, international relations, diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives, as well as outcomes-driven program design and policy adherence.
His professional journey began at Concordia University in Saint Paul, Minnesota as a program supervisor in the Student of Color Retention Program and an instructor in the Ramsey County Juvenile Detention Center with the Urban Education Summer Scholar Program. In these positions, Christopher helped urban learners identify their strengths and use their innate resiliency to maximize and ensure success in higher education. A two-time graduate, it was at Concordia University that he earned his B.A. in Kinesiology and his M.S. in Organizational Management before obtaining his M.Ed in Higher Education Administration and Policy at the University of California, Riverside (UCR).
As an undergraduate admissions counselor at both Concordia and the (UCR), Christopher conducted outreach to urban students and helped them realize their post-secondary education goals. He also acted as a mentor to students in need of more extensive guidance and advocacy. As an assistant football coach and athletic recruiter, Christopher leveraged core values of organized sports, such as discipline and time management, to exhibit how habits learned on the field could translate into success in the classroom. This resulted in many urban student-athletes recognizing their innate potential as scholars.
Christopher then leveraged his graduate study to bolster his expertise and hone his passion for the latest educational theories and practices. As an adjunct faculty member in counseling and administration at Moreno Valley College, he again utilized his role to aid a wide range of students pursuing higher education. Transitioning from recruitment to retention, Christopher supported scholars in identifying additional methods and strategies to meet their educational milestones and challenges.
Additionally, he has spent a decade advancing diverse student access and equity in Southern California through organizations such as A Better Chance, Inc., and has served on the boards of the National Black MBA Association’s L.A. chapter and Project Onyx Youth Leadership Institute. He is a current Academy of the Mind Charter School board member and a dedicated advocate for inclusive school communities.