Empowering Women: SJU’s SheUnited Hosts Lecture on Education

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

by Amanda Sapio ’13

PHILADELPHIA (March 19, 2014) – SheUnited, a program focused on celebrating SJU women and fostering networking through social, professional, service and spiritual events, will host “An Evening with Linda Cliatt-Wayman,’92, M.S.,” the principal of Philadelphia’s Strawberry Mansion High School. The event will be held on Thurs., March 27, at 7 p.m., in the Wolfington Teletorium in Mandeville Hall, with a reception to follow.

The event will be led by Cliatt-Wayman, whose efforts to establish Strawberry Mansion High School as a safe academic institution have been featured on ABC’s “Nightline” and “World News Report.” With a master’s degree in education from SJU, Cliatt-Wayman will headline a discussion focused on the current and future educational landscape, and provide attendees the opportunity to ask questions.

“Cliatt-Wayman has been nationally recognized for her inspiring stance on the transformational power of education,” says Megan Famular ’06, ’12 (M.B.A.), associate director of major gifts and leadership programs. “By sharing her own story and insights, Linda will teach educators and non-educators alike to help young people live purposeful lives by taking responsibility for their learning.” A native of North Philadelphia, Cliatt-Wayman was elevated to the position of principal at Thomas Fitzsimons Junior High School in 2003 after serving as a classroom teacher for 20 years. She then served as principal of Rhodes High School, where she raised the college acceptance rate for students to 94 percent and improved math and reading levels from 3 percent and 9 percent, respectively, to greater than 50 percent in each level, as measured by the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment. In 2012, she was nominated to the position of assistant superintendent for Philadelphia’s 52 high schools.

After a two-year search for a principal for Strawberry Mansion High School failed to yield a qualified applicant, Cliatt-Wayman chose to fill the principal position herself.

“SheUnited harnesses the amazing energy of SJU women such as Cliatt-Wayman by gathering internationally recognized speakers, educators and authors to discuss how to balance life's priorities, get ahead, live healthier and be inspired by life's transitions,” says Famular. “To date, proceeds from SheUnited events have raised more than $50,000 for scholarships for women.”

This event is free and open to the public and will be hosted in conjunction with the Alumni Association, Office of Multicultural Life, Women's Leadership Council, Commission on the Status of Women, Office of Institutional Diversity and Education Unit. Registration is required. Click here to register.

Event Contact: Megan Famular, Associate Director, Major Gifts and Leadership Programs, 610-660-2306, mfamular@sju.edu

Media Contact

Harriet Goodheart, Assistant Vice President for University Communications, (610) 660-1532, hgoodhea@sju.edu.


Founded in 1851 in the Jesuit tradition of academic excellence, Saint Joseph’s University is a top-ranked Catholic University that provides a rigorous, student-centered education. With a total enrollment of 8,500 undergraduate and graduate students, SJU offers a wide-array of academic programs designed so that each graduate enters the world with a competitive resume and global perspective. This is achieved through intense academic study led by thought-leading faculty scholars, a comprehensive campus experience and robust study abroad, service-learning, internship and co-op programs. Upon graduation, nearly 100 percent of students are employed, pursuing advanced degrees or volunteering in prestigious service programs. A member of the Atlantic 10 Conference, SJU offers 20 Division I intercollegiate men’s and women’s sports. SJU alumni – over 60,000 strong - provide a powerful network that spans the globe.

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