Krysti Ryan
Profile

Krysti Ryan
Improving educational equity

Krysti Ryan received her doctorate in sociology, specializing in the study of sex, gender and the family, in December 2017. She has held both qualitative and quantitative research positions in academia, university administration and the private sector. In January, she started working at Stanford University as an implementation manager at the College Transition Collaborative.

Describe your project or venture.

During my tenure as a Leaders for the Future fellow, I was finalizing my dissertation and was actively pursuing nonacademic track employment. I applied for what I considered an ideal job opportunity shortly after beginning the program and benefited greatly from the mentorship and guidance of the program supervisors and mentors throughout the application and interview process. I was offered and accepted a position with the College Transition Collaborative shortly before the end of the fellowship period. The research collaborative focuses on improving educational equity and is housed at Stanford University.

Krysti Ryan

What’s important about your research—and where do you hope to take it?

My dissertation research examined the experiences of parents who are raising and supporting transgender youth, with the goal of identifying opportunities for improving the social belonging, safety and educational outcomes of gender-variant students in schools. As an implementation manager with the College Transition Collaborative, I am contributing to research that informs the development of learning environments that support the success and well-being of diverse student bodies. I am thrilled to have found a position that so perfectly blends my love of research with the desire to support the educational success of all students.

Leaders for the Future highlighted the importance of building diverse, interdisciplinary teams to support success and effective problem solving. I will carry this with me in my future endeavors to support social equality and justice.

What are you most passionate about in your work?

I am passionate about supporting the diversity, inclusion and educational success of students! Particularly those who are historically underserved in educational settings.

What was the most important thing you learned at the Entrepreneurship Academy?

The elevator pitch! Learning how to quickly and concisely articulate my value proposition for potential employers was an asset on the job market. The process of refining the pitch was also personally edifying as it forced me to draw a clear line between my graduate research, professional goals and skillsets, which ultimately helped me narrow down and identify the types of positions I wanted to pursue. 

What is the most important thing you discovered in the Leaders for the Future program?

I made connections both on and off campus that I will carry with me throughout my professional career. UC Davis faculty, students, affiliates and alumni are doing wonderful work on our campus and in our communities, and I feel fortunate to connect with individuals doing impressive work across such a wide variety of disciplines through my participation in the program.

How will your experiences help you to change the world?

Leaders for the Future highlighted the importance of building diverse, interdisciplinary teams to support success and effective problem solving. I will carry this with me in my future endeavors to support social equality and justice.

How will your experiences as a Leader for the Future and at the academy shape your professional future?

The program and the academy helped me to expand my notions of what is possible in my professional career. I now feel as though there are few limits on the direction or trajectory that I could take moving forward.