Edward Wiggins

SELI 2018 Fellow

Edward T. Wiggins is a rising junior at Xavier University of Louisiana. He is currently majoring in History with a double concentration in theology and English. He ultimately plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Literacy Studies. Edward’s passion lies in the classroom, teaching and mentoring students on a personal level. For this reason, he desires to teach English to high school students. After a few years in the classroom, Edward hopes to transition into curriculum development with a focus on creating culturally relevant educational materials to engage otherwise marginalized groups of students and contribute to their equitable education. In addition to his academic and career aspirations, Edward is involved in several positions of leadership and service that highlight his commitment to education and mentorship. He served as a Project Coordinator for MAX Outreach Day, a service club whose mission is to provide elementary school students with culturally-enriching STEM activities. Moreover, Edward worked as a tutor in the Writing Resource Center on campus, helping students edit their papers. Finally, Edward served on the Peer Dean Association as a Peer Dean where he assisted first-year students and their families in the transition to college life at Xavier.

Edward is placed with Foundation for the Mid-South this summer in Jackson, Mississippi working to bring together the public and private sectors to focus their resources on increasing social and economic opportunity in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. His work involves profiling the highest and lowest performing school districts in the region, noting trends and common factors in order to make recommendations for the foundation’s advocacy efforts.

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