Karin Firoza

Director

Karin was born and raised in Queens, New York and is a graduate of Wellesley College, with a double major in religion and economics. Prior to being named as Director, Karin served as the Senior Assistant Director for the Center for Spirituality, Dialogue and Service (CSDS) on campus, where she focused on interfaith connections and dialogue training. While a student at Wellesley, she was a fellow with the Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) and a campus activist, working to bring faith- inspired students together to engage with social justice on campus. She was the president of Al-Muslimat, the Muslim students’ association and she resided on the Multi- Faith Living and Learning Corridor, an intentional residential community. Following graduation, Karin became a resident organizer with Bend the Arc’s Community Organizing Residency (COR) and spent a year as a union organizer in Baltimore, MD. COR attracted cohorts of faith inspired community organizers to collaborate on organizing efforts in support of workers, immigrants, underserved communities. Most recently, Karin was the Community Development Director for four years at Youth LEAD (formerly Interfaith Action), a non-profit organization whose vision is to equip high schoolers with the skills that they need to effectively connect across differences of identity including race, class, gender and religion. From 2014-2015, Karin also directed the Interfaith Youth Initiative (IFYI), a signature program of Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries (CMM). CMM seeks to mobilize congregations and communities across economic, religious, racial, and ethnic boundaries to work toward a just and peaceful society and for spiritual growth and interfaith understanding. Karin is also a co-founder of Roots & Wings, a start-up that trains and consults with client organizations, schools, community groups, and businesses to deeply reflect on the intersection of identity and leadership development. The training touches on skills of communication, facilitation, project management, and cultural competency. Karin is also a co-founder of Roots & Wings, a start-up that trains and consults with client organizations, schools, community groups, and businesses to deeply reflect on the intersection of identity and leadership development. The training touches on skills of communication, facilitation, project management, and cultural competency. Most recently, Karin joined the board of the Anti Racism Collaborative, a Boston based non-profit that provides education on confronting systemic racism. In her off time, Karin loves to spend time with her family or curled up with a good novel or sci-fi book with a cup of roasted green tea, preferably on the beach.

Naomi Boase

Assistant Director, CIE

Originally from Grand Rapids, MI, Naomi recently transitioned out of humanitarian aid and international development. She previously worked in the Middle East, most recently managing psychosocial projects in the north of Jordan, which focused on identity and relational development with and for Syrian refugees. Naomi has worked directly with international students in Boston at both Education First and Eastern Nazarene College.

The privilege of knowing individuals from various backgrounds with intersecting identities inspires her to advocate for spaces in which we can learn about ourselves (the diversity within) and one another (the diversity around us). She believes this exploration is essential for intercultural engagement.

Naomi holds a Bachelor of Arts from Taylor University in International Studies (Middle East Studies) and a Master of Science from SOAS, University of London, in Violence, Conflict and Development.

Meet the Program Assistant Team:

At the core of CIE, you will find dedicated, talented, and passionate students who help carry out our mission each day. Whether they are staffing our space or coordinating a sophisticated program, they are the heart of our team.

Tyreke
Gaston

Hannah
Mizutani

Candace
Reyes

Danielle Caroline
Zubieta

Amanda
Tompkins

Brandon
Marte

Ovua
Harcourt

Cassandra
Lanson