Janet Frederick, BA, is a graduate student pursuing a joint degree to obtain a Master of Social Work and Master of Education at Washington University in St. Louis. Prior to attending WashU, she completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2013, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in English.
Janet’s background includes working with various nonprofits focused on providing academic and mentorship services for Black youth. She has served as the Program Director of the Ezekiel Center in Columbia, SC, an organization focused on empowering Black youth. Additionally, Janet served as a mentor during the first Design to Better [Our Community] Summer Academy in 2018. Lastly, she currently works as the Healing Policy Coordinator for the Race and Opportunity Lab at Washington University.
Janet is interested in continuing to study evidenced-based methods for utilizing community resources and strengths to advance equity within communities of color and to increase the community’s involvement in the education of its youth. Additionally, she hopes to work within the Education system to promote and redesign a more equitable education for students of color and to increase the awareness of bias and the need for culturally relevant pedagogy.
As the Program Development Associate, Janet supports the curriculum development of Design to Better [Our Community] programming and the Community Design Apprenticeship Program. Additionally, she supports the recruitment, outreach, and admissions efforts for the Design to Better [Our Community] Summer Academy and the Community Design Apprenticeship Program’s student participants, mentors, program lead, and volunteers.