Cristher S. Estrada-Peréz
Research & Program Evaluation Manager
Cristher was born and raised in Caguas, Puerto Rico until her family moved to Hartford in 2000. In Hartford, she attended Kennelly Elementary School and proudly graduated from Weaver High School. As a graduate of public schools, she encountered various forms of inequities, and has sense been dedicated to anti-racism pedagogies, collective liberation, and institutionalizing racial equity across the greater Hartford area.
She attended the University of Saint Joseph as a first-generation student, where her experiences led her to study and have a passion for history. She took classes focusing on American history, social movements, civil rights, human rights, and women studies. She is a dedicated community member, who shares a passion for community voice, activism, and collective healing.
During her undergraduate program, she was a manager and artist working for MAC Cosmetics, inspired by the brand’s commitment to “all ages, all races, all sexes.” She also worked in higher education, predominately working with students of color and students with English as their second language.
In 2016, Cristher made an intentional decision to switch careers, which brought her to RE·Center as a volunteer. Passionate about education and social justice, RE·Center was a natural fit. Cristher is currently one of the lead evaluators on the Equity-Informed School Climate Assessment team.
In her free time, she enjoys being part of the #BeABoss! cohort for women of color; hanging out with her post-Maria rescue dog, a Chihuahua named Justyn; and her fur baby Camry the cat. She loves spending time with her family, working toward women’s liberation, and discussing issues of domestic violence and healing.