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Karen Obertubbesing (she/her) is excited to be returning to the YP4 world as a fem/mentor! Karen graduated from the University of Vermont (UVM) in May 2016 with a B.S. in Environmental Studies.
While at UVM, Karen’s academic experiences studying abroad and taking service-learning courses and her co-curricular involvement as an Orientation Leader and Alternative Spring Break site leader helped her identify an interest in civic engagement programming in higher education.
After graduation, Karen ran an after-school environmental education club at a local middle school where she developed urban ecology programming that took place in the neighborhoods and parks of Burlington, VT.
Karen also served as an AmeriCorps VISTA, filling the role of Program Coordinator at the Dewey House for Community Engagement in order to increase access, retention, and success for students through a residential learning community focused on civic engagement and creating positive social change.
Currently, Karen is continuing her work in the higher education world as a program coordinator in the Learning Communities team at UVM, developing programs with students around the themes of sustainability, leadership, and civic engagement.
She is excited to begin graduate coursework this fall! She also sits on the planning committee for the Translating Identity Conference among other identity-based retreats and programs at UVM.
She particularly enjoys being able to connect with students and support them in their social justice journeys. When she is not working, you can find this queer fun-loving woman hiking in the mountains, running along Lake Champlain, curling up with a good book, or petting as many dogs as possible.