Program Director for Leadership & Social Change, University of Vermont / Residential Life
Krystal Sanchez-Williams is a student affairs scholar-practitioner interested in transforming higher education by creating opportunities for students to become agents of positive social change. Her interests are influenced by her identities as a queer, Puerto Rican, first generation student, and non-black Womyn of Color. Her professional and personal philosophy are rooted in her values of equity & justice, learning, and holistic wellness as well as theories such as Critical Race Theory and the Social Change Model of Leadership. She believes higher education is a paradox between the perpetuation of inequities and bridging the gap between the various -isms of our world. She hopes to use her expertise in curriculum development, cultural competency, and helping skills to dismantle these inequities and close the gap by providing opportunities for personal development in identities, values, and leadership styles. She believes this can serve as a catalyst for dismantling inequities in our larger society. Krystal is originally from Miami, Florida and started her casual move north to Fort Myers, Florida where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication with a concentration in Public Relations and minor Gender Studies from Florida Gulf Coast University. She continued north to Tampa, Florida where she received her Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of South Florida and then worked as the Assistant Director for Greek Life & Community Engagement at Saint Leo University. Her move from Florida to Vermont was inspired by her current role at the University of Vermont (UVM) where she serves as the Program Director for Leadership & Social Change within Residential Life. During her free time, you can find Krystal spending time with her wife, Jess, her two dogs and cat, and friends/family. She enjoys outdoor activities such as running and kayaking as well as Animal Crossing, yoga, and rainy days with a good book.