Director of Youth & Family Engagement
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Megan Barolet-Fogarty is Director of Youth and Family Engagement at Centro Hispano. Her interest in international travel and cultures around the world began when she spent formative years of her childhood growing up in rural Nicaragua, and continued through college and graduate school when she studied in Ghana and Brazil. Megan’s professional interests have also been strongly influenced by becoming a mother at a young age and observing parenting practices in her extended family which spans multiple continents and cultures.
Megan is passionate about finding culturally relevant ways to engage immigrant parents in their children’s education and advocating for equitable educational resources for all. She holds a PhD in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Delaware, an M.A. in Latin American Studies from the University of Florida, and a B.A. in Anthropology and International Studies from Guilford College. Megan moved to Knoxville with her husband and two sons in 2014, and in addition to her work at Centro Hispano she has taught courses at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and Pellissippi State Community College. In her sparse free time, she enjoys traveling, hanging out with her family and her cats, being outdoors, playing soccer, practicing yoga, listening to audiobooks, and eating spicy foods.