Kalima DeSuze is a six-year United States Army veteran, and the Community Development Director at Service Women’s Action Network (SWAN). She creates, implements, and evaluates innovative healing programs for woman service members and veterans. After transitioning in 2004, she earned her BA in social work from Hood College, where her fieldwork included direct services to mentally ill individuals using the clubhouse model, co-facilitating a men’s trauma group in the local jail, and an internship in Limerick, Ireland through which she worked with survivors of domestic violence.
While earning her MSW, Ms. DeSuze served as the primary organizer for the Undoing Racism Project. She continues to sit on the Undoing Racism Internship Steering Committee, in which role she helps guide, support, and shape student-led organizing in New York City. She served as the chief strategist for three major campaigns at Voices of Women Organizing Project, where her other responsibilities included staff and member development. Ms. DeSuze is a member of the Board of Directors of NASW-NYC. She holds a BA in social work (general practice) from Hood College and an MSW with a concentration in community organization planning and development from Hunter College.