Castro committed to collaborative, relational approach as college’s inaugural inclusion, equity and diversity leader

At age 18, Chris Castro boarded a plane bound for Miami with his family, unknowingly a one-way journey from Colombia that would upend his life.

When they landed, Castro’s parents told him and his 13-year-old sister they wouldn’t be returning home to Bogota, the South American country’s bustling capital. His mother had received death threats from the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia), then a violent guerrilla group who didn’t look kindly upon the couple’s work empowering women in marginalized communities to become financially independent to lessen their reliance on—and loyalty to—the rebels. The family would seek political asylum in the United States…

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