Wendy Nagoski

College Access Program Specialist

As a passionate advocate for equity in education, Wendy Nagoski has served as an instructor or advisor at a variety of high schools, adult basic education programs, and postsecondary institutions across Tennessee, Washington D.C., and Maryland. She earned her B.A. in English at Milligan College, M.A. in Education at East Tennessee State University, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership at Capella University.

She is a first-generation student who experienced a nontraditional journey to complete her college degrees. Wendy attended classes while working and raising a family, changed majors multiple times, moved and transferred between colleges, and even dropped out at times.  She studied in both public and private 4-year institutions as well as a community college, a vocational school, an online school, and a University of Tennessee correspondence course in which all learning interactions were conducted entirely by mail. She has seen it all, knows it isn't always easy, and is prepared to support students as they navigate within a multitude of college environments toward their successful degree completion.

Wendy strongly believes that everyone should have the opportunity to attend college and receive all the support necessary to achieve their goals regardless of their income, history, or background. After moving to Baltimore in 2011, she became aware of the low college enrollment and completion rates of Baltimore City Public Schools’ graduates and wanted to help students enroll and succeed in a postsecondary institution.Her work with the CollegeBound Foundation gives her an opportunity to offer support and resources to those in her community who dream of going to college.

Western High School