“Someone is going to look up to you someday:” WISER co-founder visits campus for first time in two years

“I don’t have words for what it means to be back here after all this time.”

While her visit looked different from her last visit almost two years ago – with distancing, masks, symptom checks, and vaccine cards in tow – Dr. Sherryl Broverman was so happy to be back at the school she co-founded over a decade ago.

In her address to WISER students at their year-end celebration, Dr. Sherryl (as WISER girls call her) shared about her journey into co-founding WISER.

“Madame Grace [Murika] made a comment that, when I started WISER, I took a step. I took a step into a new place. And I want to tell you, that that was really scary…I didn’t know if it would work.”

“Now: it has worked!”

There is much to celebrate at the end of this year, even as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact the lives of WISER students and their communities. This year, WISER welcomed all of its students back to campus with rigorous COVID-19 safety protocols. We received our largest single donation in our history, and made plans to expand our campus in the next few years, hoping to welcome 7th and 8th grade students in 2024. And our students, though their learning was accelerated after a disrupted pandemic year, have continued to excel–with our 2020 graduating class being one of the most successful groups of students yet.

After some incredible student dance and music performances – and after students pulled some of the women they admire most into the dance circle, too – Sherryl reflected on the ways these students have also taken a step out into the world in courage this year.

“You, too, can become an amazing person that someone is going to look up to someday and say, ‘Oh, I want to be like her. Look how much good she has done for the world. Look at all the love people have for her.'”

At the end of a tumultuous and uncertain year, Dr. Sherryl looked out at the sea of students’ faces in front of her: students who come from down the road in Muhuru Bay and from towns far away; students whose lives changed the moment they came to WISER; students who will create a better world for each of us.

“You’re part of this chain of people who are making big steps in the world and making big change.”

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