About

Christina Guajardo Arnold is the Founding Director of the Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion at Grand Rapids Community College.  She is a seasoned professional with over thirty-seven years’ experience in higher education and equity and inclusion.  Chris prides herself on her vast community network and ability to navigate throughout our diverse community. Chris has extensive experience in project management, equity and inclusion facilitation, event planning and community collaborations. She has chaired the following events: GRCC Annual Diversity Lecture Series, GIANTS Awards Banquet, Latino Youth Conference, and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Community Wide Program. Chris is also certified in the Intercultural Development Inventory IDI, and facilitator for the Institute for Healing Racism. Chris was born and raised in Grand Rapids and is a graduate of Ottawa Hills High School, Grand Rapids Community College and Central Michigan University.

CURRENT CLIENTS

  • Grand Rapids Community College
  • The City of Grand Rapids
  • First Steps
  • John Ball Park Zoo

AWARDS AND RECOGNITION

  • Literacy Center of West Michigan Ledy Community Engagement Award - 2017
  • Grand Rapids Symphony Celebration of Soul Melinda Sapp Leadership Award - 2017
  • Grand Rapids Business Journal 50 Most Influential Women in West Michigan - 2016
  • YWCA Tribute Advocacy Award – 2015
  • Cesar Chavez La Familia Award - 2015
  • Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce Center for Community Leadership “Diversity Champion” - 2014
  • Corp! Magazine Michigan Champion of Multiculturalism “Diversity Champions” awarded to GRCC Woodrick Diversity Learning Center as Diversity Focused Organization - 2010
  • GRCC Excellence in Education Award Recipient - 2007
  • Michigan Education Association David McMahon Human Rights Award - 2008
  • United Way Project Blueprint Champion of Diversity Award - 2007

CURRENT BOARD/COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIPS

  • Kent County Convention Arena Authority Community Inclusion Group
  • Student Advancement Foundation, Grand Rapids Public Schools
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of West Michigan Advisory Council
  • Kids Food Basket – Capital Campaign
  • Children’s Assessment Center – Capital Campaign
  • Varnum Law Inclusion Council 
  • Grand Rapids Jazz Festival
  • National Council of La Raza