Karina is very passionate and committed to raising consciousness and taking concrete actions around women’s rights issues, gender equity, and violence against women. Karina is on a mission to assist empower women in embracing their identity unapologetically.
From a very young age, Karina experienced gender inequities and discrimination first hand. She faced a lot of challenges for being outspoken about her rights and those of other women that she witnessed being repressed, abused, and abiding by societal standards that promote limiting beliefs and toxic roles about what it means to be a "true" woman.
Karina knew that she was going to be in the helping professions as early as her pre-teen years. She wanted to be an ambassador for change in promoting equitable and just communities in general, and especially being a women's rights change maker.
Some examples of Karina's continuous involvement in the women's rights' movement:
Steering Committee Member-Brides' March against Domestic Violence:
-For the last 13 years, Karina has been an active co-organizer of the Brides March Against Domestic Violence every September 26, an annual event which was started in New York City in 2001 to remember Gladys Ricart, a Dominican woman from Washington Heights, who was murdered on September 26, 1999, by her abusive former boyfriend on the day she was to wed her fiancé. The mission of the Brides' March is to raise awareness of domestic violence and its consequences. To date, thousands of women, men, and youth, among them members of the Ricart family and other families affected by domestic violence, along with elected officials, civic leaders, clergy, students, and scores of domestic violence advocates and survivors, gather every September 26, rain or shine, to memorialize Gladys and the many other victims who have also lost their lives to domestic violence.
Marches have also taken place in Miami, FL., Lawrence, MA, Newburgh, NY, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and Milwaukee, WI. In 2003 actress, Salma Hayek, in collaboration with Marie Claire Magazine, held a March in Washington, DC.
For more information about the March: BridesMarch.com
NYC Mayor's Office Immigrant Women's Fellowship:
Karina’s contribution to New York City communities, and in particular, women's rights and immigrant communities, has been recognized by the New York City Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs- In 2015, Karina was selected as part of 15 immigrant leaders citywide and graduated from a four-month fellowship program for established women leaders.
Karina's track record of exemplary advocacy and services for women, gained her a slot and recognition in the Women's Activism NYC. WomensActivism.NYC is a five-year celebration of women’s activism and the Women’s Suffrage Centennial. The NYC Department of Records and Information Services created WomensActivism.NYC to honor the anniversary of women winning the right to vote in New York State in 1917 and in the United States in 1920. Their goal is to create a permanent New York City archive of women who have made a difference through their activism and in turn inspire activism today. More information: womensactivism.nyc/catalog/361
Appointment to the New York City Mayor's Office Domestic Violence Fatality Review Committee:
As a member of the Domestic Violence Fatality Review Committee in 2015, Karina and fellow anti-violence leaders were charged with examining information on domestic violence fatalities that occur in New York City and formulating recommendations to improve services and reduce domestic violence deaths. Karina's appointment was a result of her demonstrated commitment to helping those impacted by intimate partner violence and abuse in the home, and contributions to City policies and services that contribute to eradicating domestic violence. During this time, Karina served as the Program Director for Nuevo Amanecer, an award-winning anti-domestic violence program coordinated by the Dominican Women’s Development Center (DWDC).
The Vagina Monologues:
Karina has participated during four consecutive years in the Vagina Monologues in NYC, a play that was created to promote awareness against violence towards women.
Master's Degree in Social Work at the Silverman School of Social Work at Hunter College.
-Organizational Leadership & Management
Bachelor's Degree in Women's Studies & Sociology- City University of New York Hunter College.
PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATIONS, LICENSES, & MEMBERSHIPS:
U.S. Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB)- Licensed Master's Social Worker (LMSW).
Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC) Accredited by the International Coach Federation- Certified Professional Coach: Leadership, Executive, & Career Coaching Specialty (In Process).
Energy Leadership Index Master Practitioner (iPEC)- In Process.
National Association of Social Workers-Member
Seminar in Field Instruction (SIFI) Certification
RELEVANT WORK EXPERIENCE:
Karina served as Managing Director for Citywide Community Services at the New York City Commission on Human Rights, educating the public about the City Human Rights Law, which protects New Yorkers from discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations. Additionally, she served as the Program Director for Nuevo Amanecer, an award-winning anti-domestic violence program coordinated by the Dominican Women’s Development Center. Karina worked with the Center for a decade, serving as a counselor, program supervisor, and eventually as director. She is now a proud board member at dwdc.org
"Karina has been a featured presenter at our professional development conferences for two years and has always galvanized the audience. She is a vibrant speaker that mixes humor with real world experience and can inspire whatever audience she addresses. It is always a treat to hear her present, as she is engaging and truly captivating."
- Luisa Lopez
NYU Silver Graduate Student Association President
MSW' 18 Candidate
"Karina has been instrumental in helping me to not only cope with anxiety at work but to actually enjoy what I do. She has helped me identify my self-worth and I no longer let what I do or how much I make define who I am. Her warm and sincere demeanor immediately earned my trust, and after the first four sessions, I experienced a dramatic shift in how I see life. I feel so grateful to have found Karina at such a vulnerable time in my life; now I look forward to our weekly sessions, they are my "me" time."
"Karina is a consummate professional, a community advocate, and collaborative leader. I consider myself fortunate to have worked alongside of Karina in high-level strategic visioning and consensus building endeavors. She brings a calm and steady intellect that contributes to successful program and organizational development that responds to community needs. She is a dedicated and authentic champion of social justice."
Founder & Principal at Visionary Allies Consulting. Member-California Latinas for Reproductive Justice.
"Words cannot describe how grateful I am to have found Karina. As an executive who just started leading a new team, I felt an enormous amount of anxiety trying to get the buy-in and acceptance of my team. With Karina's genuine coaching style, her goal setting, and accountability methods, I have become a more effective and transparent leader. Staff are now seeking my advise and simply drop by my office to inquire about me. I could not have done it without Karina's support."
-SJ, NYC Government Executive
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