Justin Kalinay

Coordinator

Justin has worn many hats over the years. He has worked as a sandwich artist, bartender, sales rep, general manager, program coordinator, camp counselor, teacher’s assistant, and mental health professional, but first and foremost he views himself as an anthropologist, mentor, and social justice advocate. He cares deeply about systemic inequality, racial justice, women’s rights, and LGBTQ+ rights, and he advocates for a system that is both equitable and inclusive. Justin views education and youth empowerment as a powerful avenue for change and has come to ODA in order to provide support, knowledge, and perspective to a younger generation.

Justin graduated magna cum laude from the College of Wooster in 2013 with Bachelor’s degrees in Anthropology and in Classical Studies. He then went on to earn a Master’s degree in Gender & Cultural Studies from Simmons University in 2016. Justin has served in a variety of different positions centered on volunteerism, education, LGBTQ+ rights and culture, student government, and event planning/management, gaining a unique range of knowledge and skillsets. His Master’s degree has provided theoretical frameworks with which to apply these skillsets, helping to mold Justin into an activist, scholar and educator eager to bring his talents to ODA in order to guide and empower our youth.