Caleigh Grogan ’18
Interfaith Engagement Coordinator (She/Her/Hers)
Caleigh Grogan is serving as the interfaith engagement coordinator at the Center for Social Justice and Community Impact. After graduating from Wheaton in 2018 with her Bachelors in Religion, she is excited to be able to do work she is passionate about. Caleigh is making plans to pursue a Master’s in Divinity and someday become a minister and advocate for social change. At Wheaton she’s passionate about advocating for students and bringing them together across religious divides to build community and make Wheaton (and the world beyond) a better place. Besides going to church, Caleigh enjoys poetry and scary books.
Low-Income & First-Generation Support VISTA (They/Them/Their)
Elliott Botelho is serving as the First-Generation and Low-Income Student Support VISTA during the 2020-21 academic year and is thrilled to join the Base team. Elliott holds a B.A. in Health Psychology from UMass Lowell (’19) and is excited to help Wheaton students reach their goals and be successful. They are passionate about creating opportunities for first-gen students to connect with faculty, staff, peers, and the Wheaton community while they make informed decisions about their futures. Elliott is part of the First-Generation and Low-Income Task Force and co-advises the Brave, Bold and First LLC.
If you have questions, want to be involved, or just want to say hi, send Elliott an email to set up an appointment while they work remotely!
Gracie Callaghan ’19
Attleboro YMCA VISTA (She/Her/Hers)
Gracie Callaghan ’19 serves as an Americorps VISTA, in the Center for Social Justice in partnership with the Attleboro YMCA. Gracie will continue to strengthen the relationship between Wheaton and the Attleboro YMCA via three mentorship programs that support youth in Bristol County. Gracie Callaghan graduated from Wheaton College with a B.A. in Social Justice, where she focused on racial justice, Intergroup Dialogue facilitation, prison reform, as well as culturally aware, and inclusive program development. Gracie is passionate about breaking down structural barriers and supporting initiatives that advance students and community members from diverse backgrounds.
LGBTQ+ Engagement Coordinator (He/Him/His)
Pratt is thrilled to return to the Center for Social Justice and Community Impact as the LGBTQ+ Engagement Coordinator. As the Safe Zone Coordinator last year, Pratt worked with student, staff, and faculty members to expand queer-focused programming on campus. In his new role he hopes to further this work and make Wheaton College a place where intentional and empowering dialogue around LGBTQ+ themes can be a permanent reality. Pratt continues to oversee the creation, implementation, and expansion of the Safe Zone training program, and also advises three student groups via Pride Circle, and sits as a member of The Network for LGBTQ+ Inclusion, Support, and Advocacy. Pratt holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mediated Communications with a focus on Gender & Sexuality Studies and Theatre Arts from Stonehill College in North Easton, Massachusetts.
In his spare time, Pratt enjoys creative writing, watching films, acting, adventuring with his boyfriend, and listening to Stevie Nicks.
Shaya Gregory Poku
Dean for Equity, Social Justice, and Community Impact (She/Her/Hers)
Shaya oversees the Center for Social Justice and Community Impact, and the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life. She serves as a leader in the Division of Student Affairs, and institutionally, in creating, implementing and shepherding programs and strategic initiatives related to inclusion. She has particularly been charged with providing students with the opportunity, training, space, and resources to explore the many ways to have an impact on the world locally and globally.
A certified mediator through the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, she brings to Wheaton over fourteen years of experience promoting understanding among people with disparate backgrounds and advancing equity in domestic and international contexts. Prior to Wheaton, Shaya directed the Social Justice Resource Center at Northeastern University. There, she gained a distinguished record of pioneering cross-departmental efforts to bolster students’ critical thinking and self-knowledge. Poku has also worked extensively in the non-profit sector. This included work with an international non-profit organization to develop programs across Sub-Saharan Africa and in the U.S. to advance the rights of historically marginalized and under-served groups.
Shaya holds a Master of Arts Degree in Intercultural Relations with a concentration in Intercultural Conflict Management from Lesley University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Relations from Agnes Scott College. She also holds a Master of Science in Security and Resilience Studies from Northeastern University.
Administrative Associate (She/Her/Hers)
Winnie Collins works in the Centers for Social Justice & Community Impact and Religious & Spiritual Life. Winnie has worked at Wheaton for 34 years and is the ‘go-to’ gal for administrative help and projects. She’s in the office afternoons, Monday through Thursday. She’s usually available unless she’s at a zoo playing with the gorillas, her favorite primate.