PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
The Future Project, Chief Dream Director, New York, NY                                                      July 2015 – Present

The Chief Dream Director is a catalyst for the future of Work. They exist to transform the employee experience, to demonstrate the value of a reciprocal commitment between organization and those it employs.

  • Led weekly, day-long Professional Development Programming for team of 9 Dream Directors
  • Provided 1:1 coaching for Dream Directors
  • Conducted on-site observations for Dream Directors
  • Managed various administrative tasks such as data collection Contributed to research projects based on field experience

The Future Project, Dream Director, New York, NY                                                        August 2012 – June 2015

Dream Directors work with principals, students, teachers, and staff to design a personalized transformation package for a school that turns students into passionate innovators with the power to do anything they can dream.

  • Built a team of students to create structures and implement programming that support passion-based projects. As an entrepreneur in a school, this includes rallying students and faculty to collaborate and create building-wide as well as individual projects.
  • Sparked and orchestrated school-wide campaigns. Channeled the energy of student-led projects into transforming the school resulted in changing the conversation between students about what inspires them and what action(s) they are taking to live out their dreams.
  • Coached and inspired 200+ students to choose to put their passions into the world and “dream up” projects. Provided one-on-one and group coaching to take action on their dreams for their future. Projects ranged from parades to the launching of websites.
  • Managed a corps of 50 volunteers.
  • Created 5 partnerships between various organizations and companies in and outside of NYC to support the work.
  • Served as CBO representative on School Leadership Team—collective of various members of the school community responsible for school budget and issues concerning the school.
  • Co-led multiple workshops to promote inclusivity within The Future Project as an organization.

PUBLICATIONS

Online                                                                                                                                                                 “3 Years Later: Thousands of Dominicans of Haitian Descent Remain Stateless.” | La Galería Mag | Sept 2016  “The Black Joy Project: Putting Smiles On Black Faces.”| Shoppe Black | Sept. 2016                                        "I am a Child of the Diaspora." | La Galería Magazine | Feb 2016                                                                       "I Love Me For That, I Love You For That." | The Dominican Writers Association | 1 Jan 2016                        "You Don't Know What You Got 'Till It's Gone: Remembering Kalief Browder.”| RaceBaitR.com | 22 July 2015  "A Letter of Love From Kleaver Cruz.” | Cold Drank | 10 Mar. 2014                                                            "Lessons from Haiti." | Travel Noire | 29 Jan. 2014

Print                                                                                                                                                                       "Fill It with Joy." | African Voices Magazine | Feb 2016                                                                               "Excerpt: From the Sea to the Mountain." | African Voices Magazine | Spring/Summer 2014                       “Sketches of a City.” | March 2014

Interviews                                                                                                                                                         “On black joy, oppression and more with Kleaver Cruz.” | AngelicaKing.com | June 2016                            “This brilliant activist is helping Black people find joy — one Instagram photo at a time” | Revelist | May 2016 “This Project Powerfully Captures The Wonders Of Black Joy.” | The Huffington Post | May 2016                 “How the Black Joy Project is helping activists deal.” | The Daily Dot | April 2016                                       "How 4 Black Lives Matter Activists Handle Queerness and Trans Issues." | The Daily Dot. | Oct. 2015.       "Now, That's Empowerment!" | Vassar, the Alumnae/i Quarterly. | Spring 2015                         "#BlackLivesMatter Ride For Justice Proves Young Blacks CAN Mobilize."| MUSED Magazine Online | Sept. 2014.

PRESENTATIONS, Workshops and Speeches                                                                                               “What Do We Need To Do To Create Our Own Narrative?” Washington D.C., Sept. 2016                               “The Forum: A Conversation On Black Lives, Both Domestic and Abroad,” NY, NY, Sept. 2016         “#BlackLivesMatter Beyond Borders: Race, Space & Consciousness in the International Decade of Afrodescendants Part II” NY, NY, July 2016                                                                                                   “Jimmy & The Children,” Paris, France, May 2016                                                                                     “Resisting Limitation: AfroLatin@s and Radical Identities,” New York City, October 2015                           “Activism Through the Ages,” Poughkeepsie, NY,  April 2015                                                                   Wisdom 2.0 Conference, New York City, October 2014                                                                                   “How to Form Accountability Partners,” New York City, March 2014

FELLOWSHIPS

Emerging Writers of Color Workshop | VONA/Voices of Our Nation Foundation | Miami, Fl | June 2016

Social Justice Writer’s Retreat Fellowship | African American Policy Forum | Negril, Jamaica | June 2015    

Dipont Fellowship Program | Dipont Education Management Group | Nanjing, China | Aug. 2011 – April 2012

                                                                                                                                                                  TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Wadleigh Performing Arts High School | “Get Your Read On!”| Harlem, NY | April 2015 - Present

Vassar College | “Black Women & Carceraility” | Poughkeepsie, NY | September 2014 

Fordham University | "Baldwin, Donny Hathaway & Love” | New York, NY | March 2014 

EDUCATION

VASSAR COLLEGE B.A. in Sociology Poughkeepsie, NY Minor: Africana Studies                                    May 2011

Thesis title: There Is Overlap and No Contradiction: Exploring Citizenship in Oman and What It Means to Be Omani

Advisor: Light Carruyo
Explored the construction of citizenship in Oman by its current sultan post 1971 and its impact on various ethnic groups, particularly amongst the so-called “Swahilis.” 

School for International Training, Study Abroad, Muscat, Oman                                  August-December 2009

Coursework: Modern Standard and Omani Arabic; Political Culture and Development

Independent Study Project Title: Identity Linked to Language: A Sociolinguistic view of the Identity Formation of Swahili Speaking Omanis

An investigation of the construction of “Swahili” as an identity within the Arab society of Oman and its link to languages spoken within it.

AWARDS

Vassar College Class of 1991 Alumnae/i Award | Poughkeepsie, NY | May 2014

RESEARCH INTERESTS

African Diasporic Studies; Latinx Studies; Afro-centricity; Black Literature; Dominican Identity; Construction of citizenship; Incarceration in the U.S.; Youth Development

SKILLS

Fluent in Spanish