Karin Raye, J.D.
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
Department: Justice Studies
Professor Karin Raye began teaching at Lasell College as an Adjunct Professor in 2009. Her work focuses on trauma, particularly domestic violence and sexual assault education, and advocacy. She centers her teaching in the Justice Studies department on how trauma and other societal contexts influence involvement and interventions in the criminal justice arena.
After law school, as part the Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellowship at Georgetown University Law Center, Professor Raye worked as the Director of Women’s Rights at Mental Disability Rights International, where she documented human rights abuses against women in psychiatric disorders in Armenia and Hungary. She returned to Northeastern Law School as a Clinical Teaching Fellow in the Domestic Violence Institute (DVI), supervising interdisciplinary graduate students doing trauma interventions in the Emergency Department at Boston Medical Center and obtaining restraining orders in Dorchester District Court. She continued at the DVI as a staff attorney for several years.
An anti-violence activist, Professor Raye speaks on issues of domestic violence education, advocacy and prevention and sits on numerous community roundtables striving to raise awareness about domestic and sexual violence in schools, college campuses and in the broader community. Her collaborative work with the community and advocacy with the Newton Wellesley Hospital culminated in development of the Domestic Violence/Sexual Violence Program based at the hospital. Professor Raye currently co-chairs the Campus Violence Working Group, a subcommittee of the Governor’s Commission on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, created to establish best practices and disseminate information to Massachusetts colleges’ with regard to their Title IX response to and prevention of sexual and domestic violence.
What is your teaching philosophy for Lasell courses?
“I firmly believe that students learn best by doing or practicing the skills we want them to master. My classes encourage active participation and always include some type of experiential activity designed to cement the theory or concept in reality. Student voices should be heard and valued in the classroom. I want my students to enjoy the process of learning and partner with me in their education. Classrooms should foster the exchange of ideas, innovation and critical thinking. My goal is always to elevate my students’ academic confidence and foster a love of learning.”