Janae Peters, M.S.W., LMSW

Adjunct Assistant Professor | Practicum Faculty Adviser | Practicum Seminar Instructor and Sotomayor Fellow
Janae Peters stands next to a stone pillar in front of a brick building with a white front porch. She is smiling and laughing.

An alum of the Smith School for Social Work, Peters graduated from the M.S.W. program in 2015. Her goal has been to integrate her social work experience with her secondary school educator experience. She has served as an English teacher, director of advising, dean of students, school counselor, and had oversight over residential life at a boarding school in the South, where she also developed an advisory and peer mentoring program. She is currently a design team member for the Mastery School of Hawken in Cleveland, Ohio. The school will take to scale a new model of education and engage in-depth with purpose and identity development in the educational environment.

Smith’s anti-racism work played a large role in her decision to apply to the M.S.W. program and that influences her eagerness to collaborate with others through the Marta Sotomayor fellowship. Consideration of intersectionality, critical race, social identity, and person-in-environment theories is crucial to her work with people.