Christine Woods, MSW, LCSW

Session #2: Persisting at the Margins: Black Female Persistence at Predominantly White Institutions: "Things are not as rosy as they seem"

Christine currently serves as Director of the Bachelor of Social Work Program and Assistant Teaching Professor which affords her the opportunity to focus on recruitment and retention of African-American (minority and under-represented) social workers. Christine holds a Bachelor in Family Studies and Master of Social work. She is currently a doctoral candidate in MU’s Educational Leadership program.

Woods’ experience and influence has a reach that is far and diverse. For over 20 years, she has done meaningful work in the private sector, public sector, academic setting, and in non-profit organizations. As a leader by profession and in the community, she has contributed a significant amount of time to public service and continuing education. Her recent presentation Disability and Invisibility at the Faculty Institute of Inclusive Teaching Forum (MU) is exemplary of her position as an advocate for the vulnerable. She provides guidance to families as a Facilitator of the Parent Café as well as encouragement to children through her own founded programs Kids Empowering Kids and Cupcakes and Conversation. Woods also provides consultations and trainings to local agencies on best practices.

As the owner and lead therapist of CROWNED Counseling, Woods offers a mental health services for individuals, couples, and families where she guarantees relatable conversations with relevant context to create real change. Aside from being a respected professional in the community, Woods is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc and the Co-Founder of Urban Empowerment Ministries. She is the cherished wife of Dr. Lester Woods, Jr. and the adored mother of two beautiful young ladies.

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