Chris Haigh, M.Ed.
Adjunct Instructor, Merrimack College
M.Ed., Social Justice Education, UMASS Amherst
B.A., American Studies, Colby College
Chris started teaching the Diversity & Social Justice course at Merrimack in the fall of 2016 and loves bringing their passion and experience to the classroom. When not at Merrimack Chris is running a consulting company called True Change Associates, with the mission of helping people and organizations move through personal growth to creating lasting institutional and systemic change around equity and inclusion.
Chris has over 20 years of experience working with academic institutions, corporations, and nonprofit organizations focusing on diversity and inclusion, social justice, leadership development, and team building.
Prior to TCA, Chris’ experience includes professional roles at The University of Massachusetts - Amherst, Brown University, Rhode Island College, SpeakOut Boston (the nation’s oldest LGBTQ speakers bureau), City Year, Exploration Schools, and most recently Wentworth Institute of Technology as their first Director of Diversity Programs. While at Wentworth Chris led their assessment initiatives related to being an inclusive campus and worked with the President and her Advisory Council on creating Wentworth’s first strategic initiative on diversity and inclusion. Chris has taught numerous classes on social justice and leadership development and has presented at national conferences such as the Racial Justice Institute at Creating Change and The White Privilege Conference, as well as regional conferences for American College Personnel Administrators (ACPA) and National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA).
Chris also serves as a Co-Lead Facilitator for the LeaderShape Institute, a national organization committed to creating “a just, caring, and thriving world where all lead with integrity and a healthy disregard for the impossible”, and as a Facilitator for Outward Bound Professional, the division of OB that focuses on transformative leadership development with corporate clients using experiential education in the outdoors.
Chris is a skilled relationship builder, strategic planner, and team energizer, and loves helping people and organizations be their best selves while contributing to a socially just world. Chris holds a M.Ed. from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst in Social Justice Education, and a BA from Colby College in American Studies. Chris is a Rhode Island native but calls Boston home, where Chris lives with their wife Vanessa.