Major: Master of Science in Corporate and Professional Communication in the School of Communication in the College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences and the College of Graduate and Professional Studies
Campus Involvement: Graduate Teaching Fellow for Core 201 and a LEAD Facilitator for RU Able
Christina Weyant has always wanted to change lives. After making her way to Virginia from California, she soon found herself serving as an AmeriCorps member with Beans and Rice, a community economic development organization that builds assets and develops capacities in low- and moderate-income families through education programming.
While serving in that role, Weyant had an opportunity to work with service-learning volunteers from Radford University. Through those encounters, she learned about the university, its programs and its commitment to helping others in the community.
Weyant, who holds a bachelor’s degree in recreation and tourism management, began looking into the graduate programs offered at Radford University. She soon found the Corporate and Professional Communication program was the best fit.
“I’ve always had an interest in communication and I hope to take what I learn at Radford into the world of non-profit recreation and youth leadership,” she said.
Since high school, Weyant has almost exclusively volunteered or worked for non-profit organizations. Her first volunteer experience was as a counselor at a summer camp.
“I fell in love with the work, but see my role morphing into development and recruiting, and the Corporate and Professional Communication program offers the tools I will need to make that transition,” she said.
Recently, Weyant was one of only 25 students nationwide to be accepted to the Social Innovation Program (SIP), which aims to successfully apply entrepreneurial approaches to social causes in the nonprofit, public and private sectors.
“I am so excited to get a chance to work with socially progressive students who have a passion for making the world a better place and have such diverse backgrounds,” she said. “The whole program is centered on lean start-up business plans and taking the traditional goals of non-profits and applying them to for-profit business. It’s exciting stuff!”
Weyant is also working with two of her professors, conducting research on the values and organizational legitimacy of non-profit organizations.
“I really appreciate how encouraging my professors are. I came in wanting to focus on non-profit organizations and I was given the opportunity to do that from my very first semester,” she said.