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Christel Perkins, Ed.D.

Christel Perkins, Ed.D.
Assistant Director, Coalition of Urban Serving Universities


  • April 1, 2020
  • APLU’s Christel Perkins, Melissa Rivas, and Lynn Brabender led a session on new approaches for achieving equitable student outcomes at College Complete America’s Annual Convening in mid-December. Their session explored the work of APLU’s Powered by Publics initiative.

Christel Perkins is Assistant Director with the Coalition of Urban-Serving Universities. In this role, she facilitates collaboration across multiple institutions, fostering creative problem-solving around the coalition’s priorities of student success and health disparities.

Christel has a deep knowledge of institutional programming, project implementation, and student and faculty engagement gained through her experiences across the higher education landscape. Prior to working at APLU, she worked at George Washington University, leading a graduate program’s strategic and operational programming. She has also managed privately and federally-funded projects, both within universities, and non-profit organizations. Christel holds a masters from the University of Pennsylvania and an Ed.D. from Widener University in which her research explored the participation and perceived impacts of students of color who study abroad.