Vice president for institutional engagement, CCAD
About: During Chris Mundell’s 16 years in higher education, he has been responsible for academic advising and learner support services, wellness services, residence life, dining services, student orientation, campus security and student conduct. Mundell also leads the college’s government and community relations efforts to solidify CCAD’s role as an educational and cultural arts leader in Central Ohio. Chris has been a mentor for thousands of college students and keeps in touch with many as they grow in their careers. Mundell is chair of CCAD’s President’s Commission on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.
Substantial gaps exist in educational access within our city, and those gaps are closely linked to our city’s growing economic disparities.
Outside of work: Mundell is the father of two and a former college soccer player who enjoys hiking. In addition to his volunteer soccer coaching for Northwest FC, he serves on the alumni advisory board for his alma mater, Heidelberg University.
What does Columbus need to thrive? Substantial gaps exist in educational access within our city, and those gaps are closely linked to our city’s growing economic disparities. I firmly believe that education is the fuel that sustains economic development and broadens prosperity within communities. As Columbus continues to grow in population, we must view access to education, especially early childhood education and job training and retraining programs, as a shared community priority.
Mundell’s idea: I was born here and have spent most of my life in Columbus, and I’m a big proponent for the city. However, I’m not afraid to acknowledge I haven’t always felt welcome here—especially in the predominantly white spaces where I’ve worked and been educated. As a Black man, I have come to expect the surprised looks when I’m introduced as a senior executive. I would love an initiative to engage the community in conversation about how racism impacts our everyday experiences and provide people with tangible ideas for making change within their workplace, community organization or place of worship. Columbus can and should lead the way as a truly inclusive, equitable and just community.