Chrystina Russell

Executive Director of SNHU's Global Education Movement
Chrystina Russell heads initiatives that offer university education and employment to refugees and traditionally underserved learners.

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Chrystina Russell is the executive director of Southern New Hampshire University's Global Education Movement. Previously, she was the chief academic officer of Kepler, a nonprofit university program based in Rwanda. In that role, she launched the organization's no-cost-to-students US-accredited degree program in two campuses -- one in Kigali and the other in Kiziba refugee camp. She was a founding principal of Global Tech Prep, a high-performing, innovative public school in Harlem, New York.

In 2017, Russell was selected as an MIT Solver, Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT) marketplace for social impact innovation. She holds a bachelor's in social organization and minority communities from the University of Michigan, a master's in bilingual special education and a doctorate in urban education policy.

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Live from TED2020

Hope, action, change: Notes from Session 5 of TED2020

June 19, 2020

Daring, bold, systems-disrupting change requires big dreams and an even bigger vision. For Session 5 of TED2020, the Audacious Project, a collaborative funding initiative housed at TED, highlighted bold plans for social change from Southern New Hampshire University, SIRUM, BRAC, Harlem Children’s Zone, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT), Project CETI and One Acre Fund. From aiding […]

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