WGEI begins with women.
A group of women established WGEI, united by the desire to foster the sisterhood that they developed in their own social and professional spheres. With personal and community connections to Atlanta, Louisville, and New Orleans, the founders of WGEI noticed stark gaps in access to global education, social emotional curriculum, and space for sisterhood, for high school women of color.
Utilizing our interdisciplinary backgrounds in psychotherapy and clinical research, international education, law, world languages, and community development, we came together to close these gaps and create a unique and transformational experience for high school women. Through retreats, our intersecting identities, and our respective professional scopes, the founders of WGEI draw on each other’s backgrounds and strengths to ensure a holistic educational experience for our students.
Our deepest hope for this work is that young women from all over the world feel seen, heard, and believe in the gifts of their existence, where they can create a world where they feel safe and free, just as they are. Join us as we work towards the mission of community transformation, collective unity, and a truly revolutionary view of what “education” can be.
Manager of Organizational Strategy and Academic Implementation
Samantha Grayman is the Manager of Program Strategy and Academic Implementation for WGEI and is responsible for the university research program, as well as long-term organizational and legal strategy. She is currently a JD candidate at Yale Law School (Class of 2020) and is originally from Atlanta. Samantha has a range of community development experience through teaching English at the International Rescue Committee (IRC), advocating for the Emory University community to change policies on sexual assault and relationship-violence, and doing marketing for economic development at the Metro Atlanta Chamber. After graduating with a BA from Emory University, she was a Fulbright fellow in Casablanca, Morocco, where she taught English and also conducted ethnographic research on indigenous women's livelihoods and the argan industry. She is also recipient of the Earl Warren NAACP legal defense and education fund scholarship for her commitment to civil rights activism.
Manager of Strategic Partnerships
Rachel Kirk is the Manager of Strategic Partnerships at WGEI and is responsible for
building and maintaining relationships with community partners. She is originally from Baltimore, Maryland and she has a MA in International Education Development from Teachers College, Columbia University. She is also currently the Program Manager of Communications and Fellowships at the Advanced Consortium of Cooperation, Conflict, and Complexity, a research center at the Earth Institute of Columbia University that focuses on peace, conflict, and sustainability. Rachel also has a range of teaching experience in the United States and abroad, including teaching French at Landry-Walker High School in New Orleans, Louisiana, and teaching English in Rabat, Morocco as a Fulbright fellow. She has research experience in language policy, media analysis, and the internationalization of higher education.
Manager of Curriculum and Data Analysis
Sara Reed is the Manager of Curriculum and Data Analysis for WGEI and oversees all curriculum development, student project implementation, mentorship, and student data analysis. She is currently a Research Study Therapist at Yale University where she is working with a study on psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy in the treatment of major depressive disorder. She is originally from Hopkinsville, Kentucky and has a BS from the University of Louisville and a MS in Family and Marriage Therapy/Counseling from Valdosta State University. She worked in Louisville as a licensed marriage and family therapist, specializing in discrimination- based stress and trauma. She also created a program on social-emotional literacy for young women of color in Louisville called "Girl Talk". She also worked as the Study Coordinator for a clinical trial on MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD at the University of Connecticut Health Center.