Becky Ward

Policy Associate

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About Becky

Hometown: Detroit, Michigan

Education: BA in English and History from the University of Michigan | MA in Education (with a focus on social justice and equity) from the University of Michigan

Hobbies: I love to sing! Many years ago, I sang and played guitar regularly at a pub in my neighborhood. Now I just sing on occasion with some neighbors who are much better musicians than myself.
I love hiking and the outdoors. My parents had a pop-up camper and took my family on many camping trips around the country. With my own kids, we haven’t ventured beyond the backyard with our tent, but I hope to explore many national parks with them as they get older.

Who are you?

I am HSC’s Policy Associate. I support the important policy work happening at the state and federal levels.

When did you come to Healthy Schools Campaign?

November 2019.

Where does your motivation come from?

Before entering the education nonprofit sphere, I taught middle and high school for several years. I have a deep commitment to equitable education, having seen the direct impact that larger policies have on students. Working on the ground, I witnessed how chronic absenteeism affects learning, how poor nutrition and lack of physical activity limits students’ capacity to focus, and how access to social workers, nurses, and school psychologists are essential if we want to ensure that all children, regardless of race or socioeconomic status, are given equal opportunity to achieve.

Why did you join Healthy Schools Campaign?

I am so impressed with the mission of HSC and its positive impact on the health and learning of vulnerable student populations. I believe that education and health care are human rights and want to be part of the effort to safeguard these for current and future generations.