Karima Lynn Wilson
Karima’s commitment to social justice is deeply rooted in her life experiences. Growing up in a biracial household in Birmingham, Alabama shaped her view of the world. Living in the shadow of the Civil Rights Movement helped to create in Karima a drive to make a difference. As a youth, she began to work as a facilitator and trainer for cross-cultural dialogue with the Birmingham chapter of the National Conference for Community and Justice.
After college, Karima began her career as a bilingual educator in Houston, Texas. She loved teaching and eventually joined KIPP Sharpstown College Prep, as the founding reading teacher. In 2009, she was honored with the Harriett Ball KIPP Excellence in Teaching Award. The following year, Karima stepped into school administration, acting as assistant principal and eventually becoming principal of KIPP Sharpstown College Prep. During her tenure as Principal, KIPP Sharpstown consistently earned recognition from the state of Texas for high levels of student achievement.
Throughout her tenure as an educator, Karima continued to build upon her skills as a facilitator and trainer in the field of diversity, equity, and inclusion. She has worked with various organizations to design and facilitate learning experiences for educators hoping to engage more deeply around this work. She had led the development of multiple cohorts of Miles Family Fellows within the KIPP School Leadership Program in engaging issues of equity as an important part of their leadership.
Karima graduated from Swarthmore College with a Bachelor’s in Sociology & Anthropology. She earned her Master's degree in the Specialized Studies program from Harvard Graduate School of Education. In her free time, Karima loves to cook and play capoeira.