MS Nonprofit Management (2013), The New School; BA English, Women’s Studies Certificate (2008), University of Maryland.
Courtney Cook graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park, while majoring in English Language and Literature. She incorporated her passion for women’s rights by acquiring her Certificate in Women’s Studies while advocating for women’s health rights and volunteering with UMD’s health center as a Peer Educator with the Sexual Health and Reproductive Education program. She also joined a multicultural sorority on campus while earning a certificate of Competency in Global Communities. After graduating, Courtney took her passion for the well-being of women to the Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey where she worked as a Field Executive for two years. During that time she volunteered as Chair of the Board with the Masakhane Center, a grassroots organization which strove to ensure that Newark youth received a comprehensive and unbiased sexual education. She then pursued a Master’s in Nonprofit Management at Milano, The New School for Public Engagement, where she worked with the Kings Against Violence Initiative (KAVI) towards eliminating youth violence in Brooklyn, N.Y. while also writing her own blog which features nonprofit professionals and their organizations.
Having returned to UMD to pursue a PhD in Women’s Studies, her research is focused on black girlhood, privilege and leadership. She attempts to understand how black girls who grow up in suburbia experience privilege and approach success.