Meet the Staff

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Lydia Casmier
Program Director, Global Youth Summit

Lydia is an educator with a background in social-emotional leadership, college and career readiness training, summer internship programming and case management services. Her approach to program development is supported by her background in positive youth development, and her commitment to expanding college access to under-resourced and first generation students.

Lydia received her Bachelor's degree from Howard University in Washington, D.C., and served research assistantships at Harvard University and UCLA, where she researched leadership theory and housing inequality, respectively. Prior to joining Brandeis, Lydia taught high school English in Medellin, Colombia, and served 6 years as Senior Youth Development Coordinator at the Mary's Center Teen Program in Washington, D.C.