HRE USA has a national network of chapters with regional representatives who volunteer to serve as contact persons for human rights educators in their region, state, or city. HRE USA is excited to welcome two new representatives for New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Washington, DC.
JOHN TERRY, NEW JERSEY & PENNSYLVANIA
John Terry is a social studies teacher in New Jersey public schools, where he has participated in the NJ state chapter of HRE USA, and led efforts in school districts to integrate human rights into their current curricula and to design stand-alone courses in human rights. To this end, he has developed model lessons and resources for the HRE USA Curriculum Integration Guide and provided professional development to educators in NJ through district in-service sessions and state-wide conferences. John holds degrees and certifications from the Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences, the Rutgers Graduate School of Education, and Montclair State University, and has completed formal training in Human Rights Education through the University of San Francisco.
RACHEL BERGSIEKER, WASHINGTON, DC
Rachel Bergsieker is a passionate advocate for human rights education based in Washington, DC. Rachel formerly served as the American Friends Service Committee’s (AFSC) Human Rights Learning Associate, where she worked to expand human rights education in DC schools. Managing AFSC’s Human Rights Learning Program, she co-authored the curriculum for a DC Public School (DCPS) high school social studies elective course entitled “Human Rights and Social Action.” In its first year, the elective was offered at 3 DCPS high schools, reaching over 80 students. Rachel is excited to continue to build a culture of human rights in DC in this new role.
Contact the regional representative nearest you and get involved with human rights education in your area!