Kassamira (she/her) is an artist, facilitator, healer, organizer, and advocate with a decade of experience in social justice movements. Using an intersectional framework, she explores ways to practice reimagining a world free from violence. Kassamira combines her creative art practice with her commitment to ending violence against black women and girls to create trauma-informed, survivor-centered healing spaces.
Most recently, Kassamira served as the project manager for the “Black Freedom Beyond Borders: Reimagining Gender Anthology.” In collaboration with Wakanda Dream Lab and Resonance Network, the anthology explores the theme of gender liberation and encourages black folks from across the diaspora to practice imagining the liberated world we wish to create. In 2018, she developed the Youth LEADS initiative, a nationwide project to engage young people in honest discussions around their experiences with gender-based violence and solutions for creating change. She published the “Youth LEADS: Cultivating Young Leaders in the Fight to End Gender-Based Violence” report and has presented her work at several conferences, including the 68th annual United Nations Civil Society Conference and the National Conference on Domestic Violence. She graduated magna cum laude from Santa Clara University with a B.S. in Political Science, Ethnic Studies with a minor in Gender Studies.