Castel Sweet is a sociologist who explores the intricacies of community, culture, and race. Through her work as a community engagement professional, she encourages the unknown to be explored, endeavors to make the unfamiliar familiar, and seeks to cultivate relationships that are transformational instead of transactional. Castel’s formal training in sociology enables her to comprehensively develop, support, and advocate for ethical and appropriate community-campus collaborations and community engagement at the collegiate level.

In addition to her work as a community engagement professional, Castel is a qualitative scholar whose research currently explores the influence of place and space in the identity development of artists and how artists use those identities to guide their interactions with their local community. She also investigates the significance of artists’ interactions and relationships in cultivating social and cultural capital. Castel uses in-depth interviews with artists to examine how they use their art to pursue social change and community engagement. She has authored and co-authored journal publications and encyclopedia entries. 

Castel attended Hampton University for her undergraduate studies, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice/Criminology in 2012. In 2014, she earned a Master of Arts in Sociology from Louisiana State University and completed her doctorate in Sociology at LSU in 2017. 

Awards & Honors

2020 Dayton Business Journal Forty Under 40

2020 Ambition List Honoree

2020 Women of UD

Midwest Campus Compact Engaged Scholar

Current Board and Community Service

OxFilm – Board Member

Lafayette Community Remembrance Project – Steering Team

Past Board and Community Service

YWCA Dayton, Board Member, 2020-2021

Dayton Young Black Professionals, Advisory Board, 2019-2021

Re-Imagining America: Dayton, OH, Design Team, 2018-2021