Karina Fernández received her B.A. from Hampshire College with an interdisciplinary concentration on Latino/Latin American studies and education in May 2006. Fernandez obtained her master’s degree in student development in higher education, with a concentration on multicultural education from the University of Maine in 2009. After graduation, Fernández worked as a student support services education coordinator at the University of Vermont where she provided direct service and advocacy to students who are first generation, and/or low income, and/or have a documented disability. Fernandez went on to become the educational outreach coordinator for the Childhood Youth and Learning Program at Hampshire College.
Fernández worked with students and faculty who were exploring critical questions about how children and youth grow, change, create, and learn. Fernández served as a faculty member for the Institute for Recruitment of Teachers for four years, where she taught and mentored students who were applying to graduate school in the humanities and education fields. Fernández is currently the director of the James Baldwin Scholarship program at Hampshire College. Fernandez also serves as the assistant dean Center for Academic Support and Advising (CASA). CASA provides support and assistance to students and advisors to plan and achieve academic goals. As an educator, she is dedicated to helping students access and successfully navigate higher education.