Biography

Wenimo Okoya, EdD, MPH (she/her) is the Founder and Executive Director of Healing Schools Project. She is a healing-centered educator, program developer, and researcher who has spent her career advocating for and partnering with communities of color. She started her career as a middle school teacher in Newark, NJ and after seeing that both education and health disparities were affecting her students and their families, she decided that good teaching was not enough. This realization pushed her to pursue a Master of Public Health at the Columbia Mailman School of Public Health and a Doctor of Education in Health Education at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Bridging the health and education sectors, she has designed and implemented programs and trainings that support the health, well-being, and healing of students of color. She most recently worked at the Jed Foundation as the Director of High School Program Implementation supporting schools in building their capacity to promote emotional health for students. She has spoken at over a dozen health and education conferences including SXSW Edu and teaches at Columbia Mailman School of Public Health and Teachers College, Columbia University. Wenimo was a 2021 fellow at the Blue Ridge Labs at the Robin Hood Foundation where she found Healing Schools Project, a organization that provides space and tools for educators to heal teachers so they can heal their students.