Prizm News / January 1, 2019 / By Briana Snyder

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Chrisondra Goodwine

Hometown: Dayton
Identifies As: Bisexual
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


Give us a brief bio and tell us what you’re all about.

I’m Chrisondra. I was raised in Dayton. I attended Dayton Public Schools, the University of Akron and the University of Dayton School of Law. I’ve really been into school. So much that I just keep going back.

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I am a person who has made it my career goal to enhance the quality of life for people who work, live and play in Dayton. I work to influence legislation to provide equitable treatment of all residents in business, social services, criminal sentencing and educational advancement.

Specifically, I work to increase the amount of representation of women and minorities operating businesses in Dayton. I also will work to eliminate discrimination in housing, employment, public accommodation and credit traction of Dayton residents.

I promote and fight for equity among African Americans, women, immigrants and LGBT+. I am about building stronger communities to make necessary changes.

When I am not working, I love doing home- improvement projects, going to the many festivals we have with my girlfriend, listening to audio books and binge-watching ’90s sitcoms.

Tell us about your role at the Dayton Human Relations Council.

I am the senior civil rights investigator and the disadvantaged business enterprise liaison for the city of Dayton.

As the senior civil rights investigator, I am charged with investigating alleged acts of discrimination in the areas of race, color, religion, sex, ancestry, national origin, place of birth, age, marital status, familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability. My investigations include discrimination allegations in housing, employment, public accommodation or credit transaction.

As the DBE liaison, I work with to ensure disadvantaged business are included on government contracts.

What about your own story motivates you to do your work?

The trust and vote of confidence that residents give me when they share their stories keeps me motivated. I believe the Human Relations Council is a place that fights for justice and promotes diversity and inclusion for residents.

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Bob Vitale
A Toledo native and graduate of Toledo Public Schools, Bob has worked as a local government and politics reporter for The Columbus Dispatch, as a Washington correspondent for Thomson Newspapers and as editor-in-chief for Outlook Ohio. He has a bachelor's degree in journalism and political science from Ball State University and a master's degree in public affairs reporting from the University of Illinois-Springfield.