Why I am Culturally Unique: Dr. Kristina Collins

I am proud to be the daughter from a low income working class family in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. Through my developmental years, I was primarily raised by a single mother who worked full time to provide for her family. As a first-generation college graduate, I was able to learn the value of persistence and hard work in achieving my educational goals to ensure a comfortable living for myself and my two daughters, whom I also raised as a single mother.   My educational experience taught me that my family did not know how to support me in this process since they had not experienced it, but I was able to foster relationships with mentors that guided me along my journey. In my professional career in higher education, I have been able to connect with global citizens of the world through my travels to over 25 countries. I also serve on the Board of Commissioners for the Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). The Commissioners represent higher education institutions in over 70 countries. These professional relationships and extensive travel have been invaluable in shaping my passion for appreciating the diversity and cultural uniqueness in every one of us and a yearning to know all of our stories.