Karen Guzmán is the Campus Engagement Officer at Partners of the Americas. She works extensively with Partners’ student chapter network across the Americas, as well as in Colombia, Panama, and Argentina. Student chapters are based in educational institutions and completely led by on-campus students. They expand the Partners Network and grow student leaders through community leadership, civic engagement, volunteerism, and professional development.
Prior to her work at Partners, Karen has had substantial experience in leadership, promoting social justice, mentoring students, and advocating for social issues through organizations such as the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Program (AIME), Pro-Mujer, the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, United We Dream, Upward Bound Pre-College Programs, and College and Career Pathways, Inc.
Karen has studied Psychology, Sociology, International Relations, and Human Rights at the University of Sydney and in Florianopolis, Brazil. She graduated from the University of Maryland-College Park with a dual B.A. in Psychology and Sociology and minors in U.S. Latino/a Studies and International Development and Conflict Management.
During her time at the University of Maryland, she led “La Familia,” a mentoring program for first-generation Latino college students, created P.L.U.M.A.S. to advocate for issues affecting the Latino community, led a service-learning trip to Cabarete, Dominican Republic through the Alternative Breaks Program, and helped create and develop two programs: the Behavioral and Social Sciences Global Scholars Program and the Peer Educators Program. Both of these programs are focused on creating cross-cultural understanding and development between students from diverse organizations and communities in order to become positive change agents that are passionate about solving today’s most pressing global and domestic social issues.