Leadership policy with STEM and higher education
Christopher Carr is a leadership and policy wonk in the areas of diversity, higher education, and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). His unwavering support in the work of intersectional justice has allowed him to trek a path in the difficult areas of retention in institutions of higher learning, teamwork and organizational development in the collegiate and professional sphere, and diverse representation in STEM fields. With a background in public policy, he takes his ethical stances into conversations around tough issues to make sure all voices are included.
In his professional life, Carr has convened numerous diversity leadership forums in STEM education – bringing together over 100 deans and diversity administrators to talk about underrepresented students' persistence, diverse faculty recruitment, and creating inclusive campus climates. Carr has also been a champion for access to opportunities for those from historically oppressed groups. He worked to see outreach efforts exponentially expand to Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, and Tribal Colleges and Universities. His efforts transformed the way the National Science Foundation both solicited the premier Graduate Research Fellowship Program, which led to comprehensive changes in other federal STEM fellowships.
In his role here at Mason, Carr supports the faculty with search committee parameters to help ensure that the George Mason faculty better represents the diverse Mason student body, he supports the Office of the Dean and the associate deans in their efforts to develop and enhance an equitable and just campus climate within the Volgenau School of Engineering, and he supports the larger campus community goals by helping to challenge the status quo and assist in the university in its strategic goals.