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Serving Marginal Populations
Rachel Schulson

The Baylor India trip with Tim Williams for­ever changed Natalie Brackett ’09. She was so taken by the girls who received an educa­tion at the Sikkim Happiness Home through Williams’ Taraloka Foundation that she now works in international education.

She started at Washington University in St. Louis as a classics major. Because of her interest in India and Taraloka, she then enrolled in Eastern studies classes. “When it was all done, I majored in anthropol­ogy and religious studies, but because I benefited from such a great education in elementary and high school, teaching and learning were always important to me. After tutoring and conducting field work in St. Louis public schools, I realized that education is an incredible way to connect to communities I care about and want to better understand and serve.”

After graduation, Brackett taught in Nan, Thailand, through the Princeton in Asia program. She was a paralegal for a short time in Washington, D.C., before moving to pursue an M.Ed. in interna­tional education policy and management from Vanderbilt University. She completed her degree after a semester at Columbia Law School’s Center for Public Research and Leadership and accepted a position in New York with the Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE).

I realized that education is an incredible way to connect to communities I care about and want to better understand and serve.

INEE is an open, global network of more than 14,000 individual members and 130 partner organizations in 190 coun­tries. Brackett is one of just ten Standards and Practice Coordinators worldwide employed by the International Rescue Committee to support INEE members in providing education despite ongoing con­ditions or temporary disasters, such as hurricanes, poverty, war, natural disasters, or refugee crises.

Between trips to the field, Brackett now works full-time from her home in Santa Fe, N.M. “Marginal populations, such as girls and refugees, who might not have access to those same opportunities [I did] are those I aim to serve the most.”

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