Laramie Riggs joined the THEI team in 2020. Every academic and professional step that she has taken over the past decade has been in service of her passion for education, social equity, and championing self-efficacy within underrepresented populations. Originally from Utah, she earned a bachelor of science degree in both communication and international studies, with an emphasis on global health. Laramie then joined Teach for America, where she gained classroom experience teaching Middle School math within the Mississippi delta. After falling in love with the South, she has remained here ever since. Laramie also served as the Dean of Community Life at a free public charter school in South Jackson, Mississippi. Fueled with the belief that those in the heart of struggle offer the most impactful solutions, she studied Community Development and Action at Vanderbilt University, and graduated with a Masters of Education. The excitement she gains from watching individuals shatter stereotypes and overcome barriers to success is precisely what excites her about THEI's Academic Coordinator position.