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Theresa Okokon

Grad year: ’05
Major: Social Work
Award Year: 2016

Theresa Okokon

Theresa I. Okokon graduated in 2005 with a degree in Social Work. In 2007 Okokon joined the United States Peace Corps, where she spent two years in Ecuador, coordinating workshops on health and wellness, and promoting, fundraising and networking, for new volunteers for a grassroots neighborhood organization. In the next few years, she worked at several different companies, as a case manager, program manager and house manager, etc. Most recently, she was honored with the Kip Tiernan Social Justice Fellowship Award for her program, LEGIT.yoga, which provides free, trauma-informed yoga classes for homeless, low-income and at-risk populations in the Boston area. LEGIT.yoga has partnered with more than 10 Boston-based programs, and provided trauma-informed yoga to more than 300 unique participants. Okokon, who began yoga instruction in 2013, will soon be taking part in a year-long, intensive graduate-level certificate program to become certified in Nonprofit Leadership and Management, as well as a 300-hour Yoga Therapy Teacher Training program. Outside of her work, she is an active participant with Massmouth, a nonprofit organization that promotes the art of storytelling in Massachusetts.

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