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Program Director for Inclusive Learning and Development

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Victor Jose Santana’s impactful career embodies a lifelong commitment to fostering equity, empowerment, and transformative change. With over two decades of experience spanning public health, non-profit sectors, and education, Victor’s journey is characterized by a relentless dedication to service, education, and advocacy.

Armed with a Bachelor of Arts in Science Communication and a minor in music from Salem State University, Victor embarked on a journey of multidimensional learning. His academic pursuits culminated in a Master of Arts from Lesley University, specializing in restorative justice through youth leadership development and trauma neurology, laying the foundation for his holistic approach to curriculum and training development.

Victor has left his mark on institutions across the nation. Collaborating with thought leaders and communities, offering expertise in civic engagement, transformative restorative justice processes, and program development anchored in equity and outcomes-driven methodologies. Notable among these are the Boston Public Health Commission and Boston Public Schools, where he collaborated on training institutes and the development of conflict resolution polices rooted in restorative justice.

Victor’s contributions to the field of restorative justice are renowned, marked by his pioneering work in peacemaking circles. Guided by First Nations Elders/Leaders, he has earned national recognition for his ability to foster authentic connections and systemic change, transcending boundaries to nurture healing, learning, and reconciliation.

More recently, Victor Jose Santana has lent his expertise to the Center for Antiracist Research at Boston University, further solidifying his reputation as a thought leader in the fields of restorative justice and antiracism. During his time at Boston University, he developed cutting-edge training programs and was a contributing author to a journal article on diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism training studies. 

Victor remains deeply engaged in community activism, serving as a member of the United Confederation of Taino People, and collaborating with international indigenous women’s networks. His work has transcended borders, as he has been called upon to share his insights and trainings with communities across the Americas. His commitment to cultural revitalization, public health, and education underscores his belief in the power of collective action to effect meaningful change on a global scale. 

Beyond his professional endeavors, Victor finds solace and joy in spending quality time with family and friends, embracing his Dominican heritage through vibrant celebrations, art, and cultural traditions. His love for travel and music fuels a passion for exploration, allowing him to connect with diverse cultures and communities worldwide.