About Catherine Wong, M.Ed
Director of Equity Implementation
Catherine Wong is a highly recognized consultant and workshop facilitator. Her effectiveness is the result of her direct ability to advocate from the heart, and to be unwavering in supporting youth and early career educators/professionals of color --all while engaging with the Aloha spirit of community and care, drawn from her Chinese Hawaiian cultural background. She is an acclaimed diversity, equity and inclusion scholar practitioner in K-12 and higher education, as well as engages with community-based organizations to achieve their cross-cultural internal and external alliances.
Ms Wong’s regional, national and international professional experiences -- spanning K-12 through all of higher education spaces, gives her a unique perspective. This informs her ability to relate to and with a continuum of stakeholders in designing culturally responsive curricula, that shifts from a transactional to a transformational leadership stance. A few highlights of Ms. Wong’s experiences include consulting with; the Domestic Violence Unit, Massachusetts Department of Social Services; the Iverson Bell Diversity and Inclusion Summit in Veterinary Medicine, Purdue School of Veterinary Medicine; the Mentor Advocate Program (MAP) at MIT; the Faculty, U.S.-Middle East Partnership Initiative at Roger Williams University; and, the Visiting Professor program, School of Education at Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland.
At the core of Ms. Wong’s practice is her competence to work with diverse groups in engaging and navigating difficult dialogue for the purpose of transformation versus perpetuating the status quo. She creates brave and vital spaces for dialogue and action planning. In this way, students/stakeholders become empowered to pivot from hierarchical decision making to collaborative action planning. With Ms. Wong’s guidance groups develop innovative skills to mobilize informal and formal networks of allied support that allow for surviving and thriving even when faced with the most challenging of circumstances.
Currently, Ms. Wong serves as Director of Equity Implementation for The Leadership Brainery where she is responsible for designing, developing, and delivering equity strategy and experiential training programs for the organization and its members, building sustainable relationships with higher education institutions and employers, creating curriculum and training initiatives, leading program assessment and evaluation, and maintaining currency with DEI research, policy, and trends. This allows Ms. Wong to assist The Leadership Brainery in being responsive to the most pressing opportunity challenges within underrepresented communities.
Ms. Wong also is involved in community outreach and engagement with: Boston Public Schools Equity Roundtable, Executive Committee; Consortium of Colleges and Universities for the Institute for the Recruitment of Teachers; the Steering Committee for the Massachusetts Consortium for Social Emotional Learning in Teacher Education; the Advisory Board for the Center for Restorative Justice, Suffolk University; the Board of Advisors for E3, Education, Excellence and Equity; and, as an Expert Panelist for the Global Diversity and Inclusion Benchmarks (GDIB).
Previously, Ms. Wong served for 13 years as the Director of Urban Outreach Initiatives for the Lynch School of Education and Human Development at Boston College (BC). At BC, she led the Donovan Urban Teaching Scholars’ Program, a one-year M.Ed., diverse cohort-based, social justice infused teacher preparation program. She also spearheaded College Bound, a pre- collegiate youth centered program for local Boston students, Grades 7-12 that addressed social and environmental injustice through a change agency framework and facilitated cross-university, school and community partnerships, specifically with both programs. Other past professional roles have included: Academic Director, Teacher Education Institute; University of Middle East Project (NGO); Program Director, School Counseling Program, University of Massachusetts, Boston; and, School Counselor, Brookline Public Schools, MA.
Ms. Wong earned her B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross in Art History, and her M.Ed. from Boston University in Counseling Psychology & Cross Cultural Counseling. Throughout her career, she has valued the dramatic storytelling of her Tai-Tai’s (great grandmothers) and extended family. Their stories of bringing contrasting groups together despite prejudice and stereotypes instilled in her the desire to become a cultural bridge builder. Ms. Wong honors her ancestors’ legacy, as she continues to grow and refine her craft as a lifelong educator.