Claflin University Scholar Establishes W.H.I.S.P.E.R. Program To Support Women Education Majors

Courtesy of Claflin University

Jordan Pritcher is a senior early education major who embodies what defines a “visionary leader” at Claflin University. Pritcher is a senior early education administration major from Savannah, Ga. She is also the founder and president of Women Heroically Inspiring Students Professionally Educationally and Respectfully (W.H.I.S.P.E.R.), the first student organization exclusively for female education majors at Claflin University.

The organization’s mission is to promote the intellectual and social development of women education majors at the University. The organization works with current college and high school students who aspire to careers in education.

“I created W.H.I.S.P.E.R. after noticing the different opportunities presented to men who are education majors, especially through Call Me M.I.S.T.E.R. that are not available to the women in the program,” Pritcher said. “In addition to promoting women educators, we want to create a network of women education majors and supporters who will inspire the young ladies in high school to become educators.

Dr. Dora Waymer is the organization’s advisor. Waymer is the executive director of educational programs and coordinator for the Master of Education Program.

“Jordan has a passion for creating access to high-quality education for diverse populations,” Waymer said. “She is an exceptional communicator who possesses the ability to navigate through complex and seemingly difficult situations. Jordan is a problem solver and a consensus builder – essential skills for an outstanding leader.”

Last summer. W.H.I.S.P.E.R. hosted a five-day workshop for aspiring educators from Claflin and the local high schools. A vital component of WHISPER is W.I.S.E. (Women Inspiring Students Educationally), which comprises high school girls who learn how to prepare for college as education majors and effective study techniques for the PRAXIS exam. The students also discussed professionalism in the classroom – including how to dress for success during the workshop.

“I hope we can increase our membership and attract donors and sponsors that will provide funding for scholarships, internships, and our participation at national conferences,” Pritcher said.