Whitney Sanders, M.F.A, is a project coordinator for early childhood at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. Whitney provides administrative support for Dr. Craig Bailey on the “Pilot and Refinement of RULER in Chinese Preschools” project which focuses on cultural adaptation of RULER for early childhood education contexts in China. Prior to joining the center, Whitney served as Project Manager for GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs), a federally-funded 6-year grant partnership between Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) and the New Haven Public School district dedicated to preparing New Haven youth for success in a postsecondary experience. She also supported the Director for the Educational Care Collaborative, a home-school-community grant initiative, to cultivate the social, emotional, and behavioral needs of young children (K-3) and improve access to mental health services in Hamden Public School district. In addition to her work on grant-funded projects, Whitney taught as an adjunct lecturer at SCSU for the First Year Experience office orienting incoming freshman to the academic, social, and professional undergraduate experiences and expectations with emphasis on collegiate writing.
Originally from Kansas City, Missouri, Whitney received her B.A. in English with a minor in Creative Writing at the University of Central Missouri and an M.F.A in Creative Writing at SCSU. Outside of the center, Whitney is a strong advocate that creative arts can improve social, emotional and cognitive development as well as academic performance. She shares her passion for creative expression and enjoyment with others. In her spare time, Whitney writes, paints, sings, plays piano, dances, and also devotes time to travel with friends and family.