Dr. Baranda Fermin has over 15 years of experience bringing together knowledge, resources and people to recover the economic, educational, and cultural landscape of urban communities. She has long standing experience in strategic planning & capacity investment within in low-income communities in Oklahoma City, Harlem, NY, and just prior to her move to Dallas, in the Lansing & Detroit Michigan areas.
Sharing our stories is how we build and maintain relationships and community. Dr. Baranda Fermin’s story began thirty days before she was expected to arrive on this earth at her cousin’s third birthday party, and she’s learned, loved and worked at the center of surprises and adventures ever since. For more than 20 years she has worked with communities and individuals to preserve, uncover and amplify the stories that make their narratives critical to the survival of urban communities. Through her research, training and teaching she has decades of experience bringing together knowledge, resources and people to recover the economic, educational, and cultural landscape of urban communities. She structures solutions for success that increase sanity, and her clients flourish. Her work helps us understand that resilience is the appropriate combination of risk and relationship at any given time.
She knows it’s nearly impossible to predict the future, yet thriving over time is based on resilience. She has long standing experience in strategic planning & capacity investment within in low-income communities in Oklahoma City, Harlem, NY, and just prior to her move to Dallas, in the Lansing & Detroit Michigan areas. Dr. Fermin has facilitated, built and directed experiential learning programs, professional talent incubation collaborative, and collective impact initiatives in partnerships with local & county municipalities, as well as for-profit and non-profit organizations. Overall, her work is embedded within community development. Her training in human development, social organizations, and policy design and evaluation make strategic planning and capacity development her most constructive assets to organizations, corporations, leaders and influencers alike.
Her life experiences make her a champion for living a life of service, cultivating peace and building platforms for advocacy. As the daughter of an immigrant, an army brat, first generation college student, and a woman who has lived with grace and humor through domestic violence, infertility and pregnancy loss she no stranger to navigating transitions and working through challenges until they lead to success. Her research, writing and training work focus on issues of social identity and citizenship, navigating urban social environments and barriers, mental health and wellness access, and urban education innovation from cradle to career. Dr. Fermin is an advocate, storyteller and builder with a track record of successful system innovation, capacity building and urban revitalization. Her current work builds resilience and capacity in faith communities and social justice work by evaluating and designing strategic solutions for sustainability, scalability and stability.
Dr. Fermin earned her doctorate degree in sociology from Michigan State University, with research focusing on the educational and work aspirations of youth in the United States, along with the issues that immigrants and the children of immigrants face concerning persistence and completion of post-secondary degrees. She earned her master’s in Human Development, with a certification in Education Policy Analysis, from Teachers College, Columbia University. Her bachelor’s degree is in Elementary Education from the University of Oklahoma.
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