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Meet Graeme Aegerter

by School's Out Washington | | Posted under School's Out News

Graeme AegerterIt’s that time again! There’s a new member of the SOWA family, and that means a intro blog!

Graeme Aegerter is SOWA’s new Statewide Training Coordinator. He supports the delivery of SOWA’s high quality professional development opportunities across Washington. Let’s see what makes him tick!

Where are you from?

I was born and raised in Seattle, WA.

What do you like to do in your own time?

When not working, I love to hike, camp, and explore the beautiful outdoors of the Pacific Northwest with friends and family. I equally enjoy exploring Seattle’s diverse arts and cultural scenes, from the tiny community galleries to our magnificent concert halls.

Music provides the backbone to my daily life, whether that’s soaking in evening jazz on NPR, practicing guitar and writing my own songs, or dancing up a storm to some amazing soul/funk tunes. You might also spot me cozied up in a café with a book, practicing yoga, or having in-depth conversations with trees. And yes, I am guilty of the occasional Netflix marathon.

What brought you to School’s Out Washington?

Having recently moved back to Seattle after attending Chapman University in southern California, I sought out a community of professionals dedicated to principles of social justice, equity, inclusivity, and action. I couldn’t have been more fortunate to end up at SOWA!

While pursuing my BA in sociology and working for the Diversity & Equity Initiatives and then Cross-Cultural Engagement at Chapman, I cultivated my passion for developing and implementing trainings focused on cross-cultural understanding, underrepresented identity groups, and advocacy. Having also worked in the youth development field as a counselor at the Lakeside Educational Enrichment Program and an intern for the South African branch of ASSITEJ, an international coalition for children’s theater, joining SOWA as the Statewide Training Coordinator was an incredible opportunity to bring together my varying interests and skills.

I am thrilled to be a part of the SOWA family! It is a joy to work with such compassionate, knowledgeable, and motivated staff and I look forward to the learning and growth that is sure to come.

Tell us one thing you are proud of.

I am proud to have such an incredibly loving and supportive family. They mean the world to me and constantly inspire me to live my life with creativity, strength, and curiosity.

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