With 20 years of experience as an educator, Dr. Aida Martínez-Freeman is a social justice space-holder and organizer who centers the intersections of identities and the experiences of oppressed and exploited peoples as a way to engage healing justice practices that are transformative and liberatory in nature.
Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Aida received her bachelor’s degree in psychology
from Michigan State University, her master’s degree in higher education and student affairs from
Indiana University-Bloomington, and her doctorate in occupational & adult education from
North Dakota State University.
As a practitioner-scholar, Aida has worked with diverse communities at a rural public liberal arts
college in west central Minnesota, a women’s college on the Blue Ridge Parkway of Virginia,
a land grant institution on the plains of North Dakota, and a prestigious liberal arts college in an urban setting.
Her scholarly work focuses on academic culture, students of color, scholar identity development, and community. As an intuitive healer, Aida is a Reiki practitioner who centers the wisdom of both the Taíno people and the African diaspora. In addition, Aida is a certified community coach through the OM Community Coaching for Healing Justice program. The coaching program centers the framework of transformation of self, community, and systems. The four main components of the method are: mindful leadership, conscious movement, meditation and emotional liberation.
Because freedom is a constant struggle, Aida is deeply committed to critical dialogues, community empowerment and strategic solutions.