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Meet the Women of LINC: Karen Rogel, Associate Director of the Reads Initiative

Updated: Mar 31, 2022

What do you do at LINC?

What do I not do at LINC! At this moment I am solely focused on the Reads Initiative. I am trying to create a deeper impact throughout all three Reads communities (South Jamaica, Easy New York, and East Harlem) on a collective level through partner relationships, programs, and events. In the past I have worked on creating literacy impact in the summer months. Since the beginning of the pandemic I have also led special events with a virtual team.

How did you get involved in early literacy work?

Being a mother. I realized too late the importance of reading to your child at such a young age and I wanted to get this message across to others. I started working in Early Intervention, supporting families with babies from birth through 3 years old. I did this for about 3 years and then I fell upon LINC, and loved their mission. The longer I work at LINC, the more knowledge I gain about the importance of reading and bonding with a child at such a young age. I would love to share this message to all the new mommies-- especially the immigrant moms-- and the whole family involved in a child's life.

How does being an organization run by women inform LINC's approach to educational justice?

I feel proud to be part of this organization and how progressive we are in all areas. I have always stated that LINC is ahead of its time. We were doing this work, thanks to our founder Mimi, before it became a trend and I am very proud to be part of this movement.


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