Catherine Wong, PhD
Director of Urban Outreach Initiatives, Lynch School of Education and Human Development, Boston College, Catherine Wong leads the Donovan Urban Teaching Scholars’ Program, a one year MEd, cohort-based, social justice infused teacher preparation program, College Bound, a pre collegiate youth centered program for BPS students, Grades 7-12 that addresses social and environmental injustice through a change agency framework. Catherine also facilitates cross university, school and community collaborations. She is an activist practitioner scholar, who is unwavering in her advocacy with first generation, young people of color, such that their leadership capacity is nurtured and their dreams realized. Catherine’s community outreach includes; the Chair, Consortium of Colleges and Universities for the Institute for the Recruitment of Teachers, the Steering Committee, Massachusetts Consortium for Social Emotional Learning in Teacher Education and the Advisory Board, Center for Restorative Justice, Suffolk University.
Catherine is best known for her leadership in bringing together interdisciplinary teams to work from a culturally competent, social justice and equity stance. Prior highlights include; the Domestic Violence Unit-Massachusetts Department of Social Services, Faculty; the U.S-Middle East Partnership Initiative; Academic Director, Teacher Education Institute; University of Middle East Project, Visiting Professor; the School of Education-Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland; National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE); Program Director, School Counseling Program, University of Massachusetts Boston; and School Counselor, Brookline Public Schools. Catherine holds a graduate degree from Boston University in Counseling Psychology & Cross-Cultural Counseling.
Catherine was raised on the island of Oah’u, Hawai’i with the dramatic storytelling of her tai-tai’s (great grandmothers.) Their stories of bringing disparate groups together despite prejudice and stereotypes instilled in her the desire to become a cultural bridge builder. Catherine honors her ancestors’ legacy, as she continues to grow and refine her craft as a lifelong educator.