Facilitators Spotlight: Rachel Glazer and Gigi Holder
As the Community Engagement Program Manager at the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life, Rachel Glazer works with Jewish communities across the South to engage in meaningful social justice learning. She also guides public school students in becoming confident readers, compassionate listeners, and leaders in the classroom. Outside of work, Rachel is a board member of Big House Books (an organization that sends free books to Mississippi inmates), a Sunday School teacher at Beth Israel Congregation, and a Zumba instructor. Prior to making Jackson, MS her home in 2016, she earned her BS in Psychology at the University of North Georgia, just a stone’s throw from her hometown Gainesville, GA.
Rachel has been a facilitator with Growing Up Knowing for three years. She loves working with parents and children together to start important conversations in the My Body, My Boundaries program.
Gigi Holder is a second-year Social Work Fellow on the MS Thrive! Child Health and Development Project through the University of Mississippi Medical Center. She provides services to families with children aged 2 to 7 regarding behavioral concerns as well as exposure to trauma events for young children and adolescents.
She earned her bachelor’s degree in Health Education from the University of Arkansas in her hometown of Fayetteville, AR, and later received a Master of Public Health and a Master of Social Work from the Joint Degree Program at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, NM.
Gigi has proudly been a facilitator with Growing Up Knowing (GUK) since going through the training in early 2019. Her favorite programs to facilitate are the My Body, My Boundaries for both Early Childhood and Elementary-Aged Children. She also aspires to someday facilitate a Tween Talk program as well. Involvement in GUK, allows Gigi to maintain her connection to health education while also serving as a conversation starter regarding the important information that GUK promotes to families and children.
When not serving in a professional role, Gigi can be found exercising outside in the wonderful warm weather or trying her hand at new recipes at home in the kitchen. Other fun facts include her love and practice of yoga and that she served in the Peace Corps as a health volunteer in Burkina Faso, West Africa from 2012-2014.