She was the first K-12 educator to receive a Fulbright-Schuman Scholar award for doing research on education for underserved and refugee youth in Europe, in 2016. Letitia presented her philosophy of “engaged teaching” to the OECD’s Education Team in Paris, in 2017. In New Brunswick, in May of 2018, she will speak at the OECD’s Fourth Education Policy Forum, Strength Through Diversity, “SEL and a Sense of Belonging,” for immigrant and refugee students.
She is a Transatlantic Core Group Fellow, with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and the BMW Foundation, and is helping develop a Connected Cities program between the US and Germany to foster civil society networks and focus on those unconnected or underrepresented. Her volunteer work as an Education Advisor for the International Outreach Council for the University of Illinois supports educators throughout the state and helps bridge the gap between K-12 and higher education. She holds an M.A. in International Relations and an MAED in Secondary Education.