"What a joy it’s been to work with the EmbraceRace team to thoughtfully build on and extend our collective strengths and commitment to foster healthy and vibrant racial-cultural identities for children while supporting their community and caregivers on that journey. I am delighted to be working at the nexus of my longstanding experience of psycho-social research, program development and practice to uplift, connect and grow our vital efforts."
Karen's passion for building bridges between the world of ideas and the world of practice is anchored in the power of connection, inter/personal understanding and creative expression - these are the threads that weave throughout her life and is the basis of her work as an applied psychologist, action researcher, and strengths-based practitioner. Above all she is the proud and inspired mother of two young adult sons who continually inform and delight her journey.
As an African-American woman of Native American ancestry on both sides, she cultivates and celebrates her ethnic-cultural identity while using an overarching lens of social justice and equity that center her focus on preventing violence, promoting wellness, fostering healing and building vibrant connectedness. This includes her commitment to exploring the intersections of race, class and gender and their impact on the ways we think, feel, and behave in our daily lives as caregivers, professionals and community members.
Author/Editor of Black Motherhood(s): Contours, Contexts and Considerations and co-editor of forthcoming Transforming Community: The Radical Role of Relationship, Karen continues to embed the concepts of optimal resistance, resilience and relationship in her microaggressions and neuroscience research, consultation, advocacy and training, such as with the Center for Relational-Cultural Growth (JBMTI), the Social-Emotional Learning Alliance for Massachusetts (SEL4MA), and Wampanoag Women's Center.