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Meet Kayla & Walter

Walter Raleigh Higgs, III

Walter is a licensed certified social worker and ordained clergy whose life’s purpose has been serving underserved and underrepresented communities.  Walter’s work continues to focus on addressing mental health in secular and faith-based communities, teaching and navigating clients and colleagues about social injustices through systems, personal advocacy and mentorship.  Walter has a B.S. in Mathematics with a minor in Business from North Carolina Central University.  He also has earned his Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Church Music from Morehouse School of Religion at the Interdenominational Theological Center and a Master of Social Work from Simmons University with a specialization in Urban Leadership in Clinical Social Work.  


For the past 12 years, Walter has worked in the nonprofit sector conducting clinical case management, addiction and recovery services, and individual and group psychotherapy for the chronically homeless population and, in recent years, served as a clinical supervisor that develops and implements various treatment modalities with clients affiliated with the Department of Mental Health.

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Kayla Morse Higgs

Kayla is an organizational strategist dedicated to creating positive conditions for cultural and structural change within companies and organizations. Kayla’s work focuses on equipping her colleagues to drive personal and collective growth around areas of personal development, professional learning, diversity and inclusion with a racial equity lens.  Kayla is an alumna of the University of Florida with a B.S. degree in Family, Youth and Community Sciences, focusing on human development.  She also earned her M.Ed in from the University of Massachusetts-Boston, Boston Teacher Residency.  Kayla has worked in the non-profit sector for 10 years, and her most recent years as an educational consultant.

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