Christopher Williams is the Assistant Director of Admissions and Outreach Coordinator at Urban School.
“My teachers throughout grade school were amazing, strong, intelligent people of color. I admired them, wanted to be them. High school and college provided me with lots of guidance and other (non-POC) adults I could rely on, but through all of their teaching, I realized a common theme: everyone has a story to tell. My vision of education equality is to give all students the opportunity to share their stories and use their experience to guide learning. The Surge Fellowship will give me the tools to continue lifting up stories in and out of the classroom. Surge will strengthen my passions for creating change by focusing inward and striving for excellence, not perfection. I want to be able to lead with others to solve real-world problems and shift my leadership mindset. I think Surge is my opportunity to truly give something great to the world.”
For the last 20 years, Chris Williams has worked with a variety of students and adults through different schools and non-profit organizations, providing knowledge and resources to all those in his audience.
Chris Williams is a Puerto Rican educator, coach and storyteller. Chris works for and with students (and their families), providing access to people with backgrounds similar to his own. He provides energy, passion, and creativity to everything he does, whether it’s hosting karaoke or teaching his Identity & Ethnic studies class or producing live shows for The Moth. He is an avid learner, always working on his craft to become a more effective educator, storyteller and person.
Chris has experience organizing events for 1000+ people, coordinating multiple calendars and is confident serving in a role that most people look to for information. He prides himself on his ability to connect with others and be a leader in any job or role. Chris brings tons of energy and positivity to his work; his peers and students respond in the same way. Chris believes that every person can learn and create change within their community. He also brings a passion for working/learning with all kinds of people, helping them gain new perspectives about themselves and how they can contribute to the greater community.
Currently, Chris is the Assistant Director of Admissions and Outreach Coordinator at Urban School. He is always open to opportunities to further expand his knowledge and professional craft. He has also led workshops on cultural competency with The ReMix: Cultural Consulting Collective.