A seasoned diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and racial-equity consultant, coach, influencer, programmer, author, facilitator, and educator, Kara Oliver-Pérez, M.S. is passionate about creating opportunities for individuals and groups to discover new ways of thinking about diversity, develop anti-racist and social justice frameworks, and create strategies that will support them in achieving their DEI goals.With over 10 years of experience partnering with for-profits and non-profits, academic institutions, government, and law enforcement agencies, Kara has a wealth of knowledge that has inspired her clients to develop effective DEI programming, best practices, and anti-racist tactics.
Born and raised in East Harlem, NY, Kara knows firsthand the importance of cultivating inclusive spaces. Her philosophy is based on “empathetic leadership” where she centers the clients’ stories to create a culture of belonging and understanding.
Kara also specializes in training, education, and developing strategic DEI plans for higher education and has worked with many institutions, including Niagara University, Daemen College, Hilbert College, SUNY at Buffalo, and Buffalo State College.
While serving in her role as Director of Strategic Initiatives at Niagara University, she was appointed as Co-Chair of the Identifying and Dismantling Racial Injustice Taskforce (IDRT) where she helped lead a diverse team of professors, students, Human Resource professionals, and community partners complete a report that assessed the entire campus community, from communication tactics and curriculum design to human resource policies and procedures and student life.
Kara currently serves as the Director for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for a small charter school in the heart of Buffalo, NY called Tapestry Charter School. As an extension of her organizational work, Kara continues to use her creativity and passion for DEI to develop children’s books and merchandise. In 2019, she published her first award-winning children’s book, You Go Girl: A Letter to Young Queens to help inspire children of color to understand the beauty of sisterhood and diversity. She has since established her own publishing company, Native Pens Collaborative Publishing. Kara holds B.A. in Communications from Niagara University and an M.S. in Multidisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Creative Problem-Solving. She is a talented speaker who has presented at several conferences, including TEDx Buffalo. Kara currently serves as a proud board member of Stitch Buffalo, The YWCA of Buffalo, and Agents for Advocacy, Kara resides in Buffalo, NY, with her husband and fur children, Barkley and Shaolin.