With nearly 15 years of experience as a student, administrator, and instructor at three of the nation’s top ten research universities, Caroline Ouwerkerk is a passionate advocate and coach for students and young professionals, an experienced facilitator, and dedicated teacher.
Through her education consulting work, Caroline develops curricula on leadership and civic engagement topics for audiences ranging from college students to corporate executives, and teaches and coaches individuals throughout early adulthood—from students entering college to recent graduates and those transitioning out of their first post-college positions.
Previously, Caroline served as the Assistant Director for Student Leadership and Development at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Social Concern and was a lecturer in the Center for Leadership Education, teaching courses on leadership, service, and social entrepreneurship. For her work at Hopkins, Caroline received the Gilman Cup, for “consistent and meaningful contributions to students’ lives outside the classroom,” was nominated for Student Employee Supervisor of the Year, and was named one of three 2019 Hopkins Career Champions.
Prior to joining Hopkins, Caroline was the founding program director of the University of Chicago Urban Network, an interdisciplinary research initiative connecting faculty, students, and others working on urban issues. She also served as the program manager for social justice initiatives at the University of Chicago Community Service Center, managing a cohort-based introduction to social justice for first and second year students.
Off campus, she has been involved with the IMPACT National Conference on Service, Advocacy, and Social Justice since 2007, first on the planning committee and then as a board member since 2012.
Caroline is a lifelong learner who graduated from the Hill School in Pottstown, PA, received her A.B. in History, with honors, from the University of Chicago; an M.S. Ed. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Pennsylvania; a certificate in Creative Writing from the University of Chicago Graham School; and a certificate from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business Executive Program for Emerging Leaders.
Caroline divides her time between the western suburbs of Philadelphia and Baltimore, where she lives with her husband and two Siamese cats. She loves gardening and reading, and has maintained a streak learning Dutch on the language learning app Duolingo for over 1,654 days in a row.