Academic Centers

Christina Hearne, MPA

Christina Hearne, Director of the Access and Accommodations Resource Center

About Me

Christina Hearne is a proud native of Gary, IN who has been a part of the Valparaiso University community for the last eight years. Her time at the institution began in August 2011, as a student in Valparaiso University’s  Social Work Department. During this time she served in various roles as a student leader. Upon obtaining her Bachelor’s in Social Work from Valpo in 2015, Christina worked as a caregiver for adults with disabilities in LaPorte, IN and then a Community Outreach Specialist focusing on Gary’s homeless population before returning to Valpo in September 2016 as Coordinator of the Disability Support Services office.   In November of 2018, Christina became the Director of the Access and Accommodations Resource Center (formerly known as Disability Support Services). As Director of the Access and Accommodations Resource, Christina is responsible for ensuring that students with disabilities are provided equitable access to education and collegiate life here at Valpo. Christina is also adjunct faculty  in the Valparaiso University Social Work Department;  she teaches SOCW 260 Diverse Populations: Human Rights & Justice.  Beyond her role as director and recently acquired adjunct faculty member Christina serves in numerous capacities on campus including CIVC, Black Student Organization advisor, and Welcome Project contributor. In terms of professional organizations, she is a member of the national Association of Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD), IN- AHEAD,  and the National Association of Social workers.

Christina lives by the saying,  “ I am because, we are.” Throughout her undergraduate, graduate, and current career she has pushed for inclusion and equitable access to resources for all people in the hope that our society will learn to truly value diversity. When Christina is not at work, she serves as a youth leader in her local church. She enjoys spending time with her family and exploring nature.