Christa Elise Sanders is a global, visionary leader who has worked in the field of international education for over two decades. Christa has dedicated much of her career to building international campuses of higher education institutions as well as exchange programs across Europe and Africa. As a crosscultural enthusiast, her diverse portfolio includes program development, strategic planning, fiscal budgeting and forecasting, operations management, academic oversight,
counseling, diversity and inclusion programming, student life development, evaluation, accreditations, etc. She currently assumes the role of Campus Director of Webster
University Ghana. Since 2014, Christa has been responsible for the development and growth of the institution, positioning the university as a respected leader of global educational excellence in the region. She has successfully cultivated a diverse student body and world-class faculty committed to research and teaching excellence. Christa also spearheaded the Global Conversations and Public Lecture series, convening global thought leaders across various disciplines to engage in impactful discourse on Africa’s development and transformation. Through her inclusive and empowering leadership style, an Africana Studies minor as well as an inaugural academic journal, focused on current issues impacting Africa, were developed and introduced to Webster University’s worldwide network.
Prior to joining Webster University Ghana, Christa held the role of Deputy/Associate Director of New
York University’s 6th global site, NYU Accra. As the Deputy Director, she played a critical role in the
development of the site, including management of academic and student affairs, internships, finance, facilities/operations, staff professional development, conferences, residential life, orientation programming, etc.
Throughout her career, Christa has been passionate about global educational opportunities for
underrepresented groups. Through the Institute of International Education (IIE) in New York, NY
she provided access to a myriad of scholarship opportunities for both Latin American and African
students. While Chief Counselor of Students at Syracuse University in Madrid, Spain, she also led a
support organization, Voices of Change, focused on helping students of color navigate and cope with issues of discrimination. Christa’s unyielding commitment to diversity and inclusion has also led her to serve as a board member of Greening Youth Foundation (GYF), HBCU Africa Education Coalition (HAEC), Daughters of the Middle Passage (DMP), Adanu and Diversity Abroad. Christa’s
publications and presentations furthermore stress an understanding of cross-cultural factors on a
She received her undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Spanish at Spelman College in Atlanta,
GA, where she graduated summa cum laude. She also completed her graduate work in Counseling
Psychology with a concentration in cross-cultural studies and multiculturalism while at Columbia
University in New York, NY.
Outside of her professional work, Christa enjoys learning languages, reading, art and traveling. She
currently lives in Accra, Ghana with her family.
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