2015 Tillman Scholar

Christian Dunbar

University of California - Los Angeles

“We can change the world and we must take our place in making positive change happen.”

Growing up during the height of the Cold War, Christian felt there seemed nothing more important than defending the survival of the American way of life. Since receiving a Navy ROTC scholarship for college, his military career has been much more than he could have ever expected, spanning over 22-years, 44 countries and four different combat campaigns. In his own words, he has been fortunate to have led operations at critical and strategic crossroads in world history.

Through his service, Christian has seen, first hand, the heroism of service members on a daily basis, the ferocity of their fight for each other, their dedication and passion taking care of the wounded and fallen, and the compassion they have with families who are simply caught up in war trying to survive. Above all, he has been humbled by the complete selfless dedication of those who have directly served with and for him.

Today, while pursuing his studies in business at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, Christian continues to serve in the Navy. His academic and future career goals are specifically rooted in a deeper sense of purpose to adapt lessons from the military to bring about substantial and lasting social change on the topic of sexual assault and domestic violence prevention. As the father of three girls and a veteran who has witnessed atrocities overseas, he wants to create meaningful change across companies, organizations and college campuses, where it’s estimated 1 in 4 students are assaulted in their time at university. He hopes to bring his decades of leadership and experience in developing and delivering behavioral health and ethical culture programs bring about broader social change.