Christina E. Green
UC San Diego, 2018
Senior Program Manager at Women Employed
College-Persistence Magis Program Assistant Manager at Chicago Jesuit Academy
I am working with 10 Illinois community colleges on a project to reform English and math courses in developmental education.
I have not yet received a request for an informational interview. However, when asking about my position people do not ask about how my current work connects to the research I did as a Ph.D. student.
I value the organization that I work for. Women Employed has tirelessly pursued equity and policy change for women in the workplace since 1973. As an organization, WE is well known and widely recognized for effecting policy change to remove barriers to economic equity, expand access to educational opportunities, and advocate for fair and inclusive work environments for women in Chicago, in Illinois, and nationally. What I find most interesting about my work at Women Employed is that I am involved in changing systems in higher education that create barriers to the success of women of color. I work closely with 10 Illinois community colleges to reform developmental education and create pathways to accessible and equitable education, career, and technical training for women, families, and communities.
The advice that I would give to my pre-PhD self would be to seek summer internship opportunities in careers that interest me.
Honestly, the most valuable skill has been my ability to manage multiple projects at once. As a Ph.D. student, I had to find time to travel, write, research, and teach. I had to have a high level of organization and discipline. The project management skills that I acquired as a graduate student continue to assist me in my career to this day.
How have your career goals changed as you’ve navigated positions outside of academia?
Yes, I always negotiate for my salary. I did not receive a higher salary through negotiation for this position, but I was able to negotiate for other benefits such as sick leave and vacation time.
Student loan debt?
Yes, I do have student loan debt upwards of $70,000.