Degree: MPA , 2019
Dr. Christien Russell is a native of Louisville, KY. Christien is an eight-year member of Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, Related Sciences and served 3 terms as the Region III Graduate Student Vice President. She has been regionally and nationally recognized for her research in culturally responsive teaching through the American Association for Agricultural Education.
In the Spring of 2019, Christien was selected as a fellow with the USDA in the Office of Civil Rights (OASCR). Through this fellowship Christien has been able to marry her policy, analytical skills, community development, and diversity expertise to create programming to assist minority farmers and foster diversity and inclusion within USDA.
She received her B.S. from the University of Kentucky in Community and Leadership Development; Masters in Public Administration from Auburn University and; her PhD in Agricultural Sciences with a concentration in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Her research interest are in Civil Rights, Minority Farmers, Culturally Responsive Teaching, Multicultural Education, and Public Policy.