Dr. Dayanara Marte
Dr. Dayanara Marte, MPH, DSW
Founder of the Women of Color Healing Justice Consortium
Dayanara Marte Dayanara Marte is a first-generation, lesbian, Dominican immigrant & mother of two dedicated to healing, trauma and social justice. Upcoming author of her transformational memoir, Every Little Girl Has a Story.
As a human rights activist, Dayanara Marte works globally as a trusted advisor, coach, and consultant with a wide array of community-based organizations working at the intersections of gender-based violence and reproductive justice. With over 25 years of experience, she is renowned for her extraordinary ability to identify the emotional and spiritual impact that historical trauma and oppression have on women’s ability to love, live and lead. Dayanara Marte designs unique post-trauma training and facilitation that lead women and girls through healing and transformational change processes and organizational paradigm shifts – across gender and cultures – towards the healing of the social, political, familial and organizational trauma it creates if left untreated. She is committed to creating safe spaces of healing justice for people who want to take their leadership and social justice work to the next level aligning their personal practices with their organizational mission and vision, towards a world free from violence where women can be experts of their own lives.
Dr. Marte is a public health expert, alumni of the ivy league Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, dedicating her life’s work to ensure a world that is accountable to injustice, human right violations, and continuous poverty and neglect of poor immigrant communities in NYC, across the United States and the world. She earned her post-graduate degree in Clinical Approaches to Addiction from New York University where she historically contextualizes the diagnosis of dis-ease as the direct manifestation of institutional racism, homophobia, classism, sexism, and xenophobia and holistically approaches their treatment and impact on people's mental and physical health.
Today, Dr. Marte is currently a doctoral student of the prestigious University of Southern California, Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, where she is using social innovation as a tool develop a theoretical healing justice framework and emotional and spiritual healing prevention and response model to eradicate the impact of trauma and violence against women and girls leading social service and social justice organizations (executive directors, teachers, social workers, mental health counselors, service providers,and advocates). The model will address the impact that gender-based violence has on the spiritual and emotional health and intelligence of communities, families, activist, organizers, and womyn first responders and on the frontlines.
Lastly, as a radical social worker Dr. Marte envisions a world where young and adult womyn and the LGBTQ community can powerfully exist, are living into their future, birthing sustainable families and organizations and leading a new world.
Most recently, with over 45,000 reads, she writes for blogs like Elephant Journal, World Pulse, Women E-News, and Global Connect. Dayanara is creating a movement that places self-healing and healing justice at the core of social justice, corporate and institutional social responsibility
Dr. Marte, a public health expert, alumni of the ivy league Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, has dedicated her life’s work to the transformation of young and adult women of color because she has experienced firsthand the impact that lack of proper care, injustice, human right violations, and continuous poverty and neglect has on the mind, body, and spirit and as a result on poor immigrant communities in NYC, across the United States and the world.
As a certified addiction and recovery counselor, from New York University, a post-graduate school in Clinical Approaches to Addiction she historically contextualizes the diagnosis of dis-ease as the direct manifestation of institutional racism, homophobia, classism, sexism, and xenophobia and holistically approaches their treatment and impact on peoples mental and physical health.
Dr. Marte is currently a doctoral student of the prestigious University of Southern California, Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, where she is using social innovation as a tool develop a race, class and gender analysis, prevention and response healing model to eradicate the impact of trauma and violence against women in social service and social justice organizations and the people who work in them. The model will address the impact that gender-based violence at the intersections of power, race, and class have on the mental, spiritual and physical health and intelligence of communities, families, activist, organizers, and womyn on the frontline.
As a human rights activist, Dr. Marte travels nationally and internationally researching reproductive health and anti-violence models, and systems. In January of 2006, as the Executive Director of Casa Atabex Ache, she co-founded and organized the first Women of Color Delegation comprised of 21 young women activists and leaders of NYC, to Chiapas, Mexico. Together they spent ten days in dialogue, research, practice and touring of indigenous communities She also organized a healing team of women to New Orleans for Hurricane Katrina, Haiti for Disaster /Trauma Relief, and NYC hurricane Sandy. She has worked on various projects and developed models integrating complementary healing modalities, alternative health, and social justice; these include self-healing retreats for child sexual abuse and domestic violence survivors & days of healing for HIV/AIDS and cancer survivors. She has traveled to Cuba Vieques, Puerto Rico& New Orleans; facilitated a weeklong holistic conference for young and adult women sexual assault and rape victims. More recently, she has immersed herself to bring healing justice to conversations of global feminism and liberation psychology in El Salvador, Guatemala, Brazil and Kathmandu, Nepal.
Dr. Marte is a radical social worker specializing in trauma-informed prevention and facilitator in somatic emotional release organizing healing circles providing the body a safe space to let go of oppression, trauma, violence, and poverty mind, body and spirit. Dr. Marte is developing a theoretical framework and model that supports young and adult womyn and the LGBTQ community on the front lines of their lives to create self-care action plans and systems of personal accountability to powerfully exist in the face of sexual assault, child sexual abuse, incest, rape, intimate partner abuse, domestic violence and other gender-based violences within our homes, our organizations and within movements.
As a citizen journalist, Dayanara writes about social injustice, the root causes of social inequality and health disparities and tells the story about the womyn on the front lines towards a communities survival. In 2010, Dayanara became a citizen journalist for World Pulse, Voices of Our Future Correspondent & Global Connect: A Gender Justice writing project with Women E-News & the Global Press Institute, founding the Behind the Movement Newsletter