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.
Cassie Peltola ’14
Assistant Director of Community Service and Civic Engagement (She/Her/Hers)
Cassie Peltola ’14 works in the Center for Social Justice and Community Impact at Wheaton College as the Assistant Director for Community Service and Civic Engagement. Cassie is responsible for connecting students with community based organizations to work on community-identified needs as well as strengthening relationships with local community partners. She also supports civic engagement efforts on campus.
Social Justice Program Coordinator (He/Him/His)
As the Social Justice Program Coordinator, Dani works to develop programs and initiatives centered around diversity, equity and inclusion for the Wheaton campus community. In addition to his role at SJCI, Dani is also an Area Coordinator in the Office of Residential Life. In his role as an Area Coordinator, Dani provides oversight to the day-to-day operations of the BGWEEKS Quad, a community for upperclass students.
Dani thinks of himself as a lifelong learner. Although he may be knowledgeable on a subject he continues to seek out new information and experiences, especially from students. It’s the students that challenge Dani to be a better advocate and educator; he is committed to providing opportunities for all students that will help prepare them for their post-graduate experience and develop them into future advocates/leaders.
Dani holds a Master of Education degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of North Carolina Wilmington and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies with a concentration in Mass Media from Longwood University in Farmville, VA.
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.
Low-Income & First Generation Student Support VISTA (She/Her/Hers)
Tatiana Havens is serving as the Low-Income and First-Generation Student Support VISTA for the Center for Social Justice and Community Impact. Tatiana is a recent first-generation graduate of Emmanuel College with a B.A in Writing & Psychology and is excited to work with the students at Wheaton. Tatiana focuses on building strong peer-to-peer connections to increase academic success, persistence, and retention of low-income and first-generation college students through leadership programming and community building on campus. She strives to create a supportive environment that allows students to feel confident in their ability to achieve success during their time at Wheaton and beyond.
If you are a student interested in becoming involved or looking to receive support, please stop by Tatiana’s office located in The Base or contact her with any questions or feedback you may have.
Administrative Associate (She/Her/Hers)
Winnie Collins works in the Centers for Social Justice & Community Impact and Religious & Spiritual Life and the Dean of Students’ Office. 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.