Chris Molina

TOPICS

  • DEI & Identity

  • Student Veterans

about Chris

Chris Molina is the recipient of the 2020 NAMCA College Speaker of the Year Award (National Association for Masterminds & Co-curricular Advancement), an Amazon Best-Selling Author of his book I’m in a Leadership Role, Now What? The Student Edition, a Podcaster on the Professional by Choice Podcast and the How’d You Meet Podcast, a Personal Development Coach, a United States Marine Corps Veteran (serving 7 years on Active Duty), a Purdue University Alum, and a Leadership Literacy Expert.

 

More than anything, Chris is a Father (#GirlDad), a Husband, a Son, a Brother, and an East Chicago, Indiana native.

Code Switching: Bringing Your True Self to Every Conversation

“Why you talking white?”

 

Chris Molina has heard this question, or some variation, many times in his life. Of Puerto Rican and Trinidadian decent, Chris grew up in predominantly African American and Latinx communities, comfortably interacting in each. What he found as an adult, in the Marines and in college, was that he knew how to effortlessly “speak” in majority-White organizations.  He was fluent in each, without even realizing it. 

 

He could code switch seamlessly.

 

This signature program is designed to equip students of color and white classmates, staff, and faculty with the tools to understand Code Switching, it’s inherent benefits and harms. More than anything, Chris wants attendees to know they can talk openly, and genuinely, in all social situations without putting the comfort of others before their own. 

 

He wants you to live authentically. 

Learning Outcomes

Audience members will...
  • Understand the origins and realities of Code Switching in America

  • Consider how we can hurt or uplift others w/ the words we use

  • Evaluate whether code switching is “okay” and its benefits and harms

  • Challenge campus and organizational leaders to transform community culture to be more accepting of other dialects.

Ideal Audiences
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Programming 
  • Identity Development
  • TRIO 
Formats
  • Keynote 
  • Workshop (2-3 hours)
  • Professional Development
  • In-Person or Virtual

Really Friendly? Creating a Campus Culture for Student Veterans and Military-Connected Students

 

For years campuses across the nation have worked hard to earn the distinction of being a “Military-Friendly” college or university. Once a veteran or military-connected student arrives, what does the institution do to ensure it truly is a friendly culture for them?

 

For Chris Molina, this isn’t a purely conceptual exercise; he is a proud veteran, he is married to a veteran, and is connected to countless families across the nation who have experienced a similar pathway to college. What he knows to be true is that veterans are juggling dozens of obligations, stresses related to PTSD and other mental health challenges, and managing intentional and non-intentional biases and microaggressions from fellow students, staff and faculty.

 

But here’s what is different: veteran students won’t complain about a challenging campus culture…they’ll just leave.

 

In this thought-provoking and action-oriented program, Chris helps your campus to steps and strategies to ensure your institution isn’t friendly in-name-only. Instead, he wants to help you create the type of culture student veterans and their families call home.

Learning Outcomes

Audience members will...
  • Develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of the veteran and military experience/community.

  • Explore common triggering topics/statements that create an emotional reaction among Student Veterans.

  • Create a “cheat sheet” for how to start meaningful dialogue with student veterans, their families, and those who care about their success. 

Ideal Audiences
  • Student Veteran Support
  • Professional Development
  • TRIO 
Formats
  • Keynote 
  • Workshop (2-3 hours)
  • Professional Development
  • In-Person or Virtual
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