2023 Edmonds Summer Fellow: Kara Anderson
Kara Anderson is a rising junior at Albion College double majoring in political science and English and pursuing experiential learning certificates in human rights and legal studies. She is extremely passionate for human rights and plans to pursue a career in the field working as a human rights lawyer and/or in a rights based non-governmental organization. Kara is a senior researcher and founding member of the Albion College Human Rights Lab where she has worked to develop training curriculum, plan campus events, and produce content for the Human Rights Lab website (humanrights.albion.edu). This past year she also helped to organize an international human rights conference on Albion’s campus. Additionally, she is a part of the Prentiss M. Brown Honors Program and the Gerald R. Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and Service. She is the President of the Albion Chapter of the Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity, the Vice President of the Student Senate, and the Vice President of Concert Choir. Kara is extremely excited to work with Human Rights Education USA and continue to grow as a human rights practitioner and scholar.
2023 Edmonds Summer Fellow: Meredith Hood
Meredith earned her Master’s degree in Human Rights Practice from the University of Arizona in May 2022. It was during her capstone project working with the students in her mother’s third grade class she became interested in youth human rights education and was led to HRE USA. Prior to graduate school, Meredith earned her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science summa cum laude from Wittenberg University. While at Wittenberg she studied abroad in Germany where she interned at a local community center integrating Syrian refugees. Upon her return to the U.S., Meredith temporarily moved to DC to work at a refugee resettlement agency. This summer in addition to the Edmonds fellowship she is volunteering with the Ohio Women’s Alliance circulating a ballot initiative petition for reproductive justice. If the initiative is successful, Ohioans will vote in November to amend the state constitution to protect reproductive freedoms. Meredith lives in Columbus, Ohio with her partner Dylan and beloved rescue dog, Jeb.
2022 Edmonds Summer Fellow: Veronica Bido
Veronica is a New Jersey native passionate about reimagining and rebuilding how we approach social justice issues. Her alma mater is Rutgers University New Brunswick where she studied Political Science with a minor in Middle Eastern Studies. She served as a student ambassador and resident assistant. She is currently serving the Baltimore community as a Work First fellow, and is currently working with the ex-offender reentry and bail diversion program. In her free time she volunteer’s as a crisis response advocate for victims of domestic violence and just joined a local kickball team.
2022 Edmonds Summer Fellow: Hallie McRae
Hallie is a rising junior studying Political Science and Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. She is passionate about human rights and social justice advocacy, participating in programs and organizations dedicated to each. On campus, she is involved in UC Berkeley’s ACLU club, leading the Know Your Rights project team under the Criminal Justice Reform committee. Here, students inform the community about the rights they hold surrounding police and immigration forces through the creation of handouts, presentations to local high schools, and general education campaigns. She is also involved in student government, coordinating educational outreach and support for survivors of sexual violence and sexual harassment, and is a member of the Repair The World Campus Corps, targeting food insecurity by mobilizing community members each week to pack and deliver bags with essentials to unhoused folks. Engaging with Human Rights Watch Student Task Force throughout high school, Hallie benefitted largely from human rights education and advocacy in academic settings, and is thrilled to continue the work of expanding human rights education and organizational work in schools and communities nationwide with HRE USA.
2022 Edmonds Summer Fellow: Natalie Roach
Natalie is graduating this May with a Master’s in Public Policy from the University of Connecticut (UConn). She also received her undergraduate degree from UConn, majoring in human rights and environmental sciences. As an undergraduate, Natalie was an officer of Revolution Against Rape, a student organization with a goal of ending rape culture. One main initiative of this work was giving consent workshops to high school classes across the state. Natalie was also deeply involved in bringing justice values into the environmental spheres at UConn, through many roles such as interning at the Office of Sustainability and organizing a landmark climate justice protest. Natalie currently works for Goodwill of Northern New England on their Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts. Last year she connected with store managers across 3 states in order to roll out an organization-wide culture survey to create a foundation for their current work. This fall, Natalie will be starting a fellowship at the Design Trust for Public Space in New York City to learn how public space & the built environment can be powerful tools to work towards justice and human rights. In her free time, she enjoys rock climbing, traveling, playing violin, and hanging out with her cat.
2021-22 HRE USA Research Scholar: Kaylee Taylor Bradford
Kaylee Taylor Bradford is a global educator with over eight years of international training experience. She has a M.A. in International Educational Development from Columbia University, specializing in Peace and Human Rights Education (HRE). Throughout her career, she has worked in a variety of sectors including human trafficking prevention, refugee education, substance abuse rehabilitation, and research management. She is currently an independent educational consultant assisting a variety of organizations with curriculum development, research, monitoring, and evaluation. Most recently, Kaylee investigated preservice HRE for teachers in the United States and presented her work via webinar for the HRE USA community. This year, Kaylee hopes to further the incorporation of HRE into United States teacher preparation and training by working with HRE USA to develop a teacher education action strategy for the 2021-2022 project year, including research, training, and advocacy work. View Video Report.
2021 Edmonds Summer Fellow: Ashleigh Deno
Ashleigh Deno is a senior preparing for graduation from Murray State University in May with a Bachelor’s in Secondary History Education. She is currently student teaching at Murray High School. She is actively involved on campus and serves as the Vice President of English Student Organization where she helps plan events for the department on campus. She is also the Community Outreach Chair of Phi Alpha Theta’s Murray State chapter, a national history honor society, where she helps connect the college to local school systems to help expose students to historical studies early. In 2020, she received an award for Outstanding Undergraduate Research for her paper on the effects of hurricanes in the Old South. She has spent the last two years working as a historical researcher at Wrather West Kentucky Museum where she specialized in women’s history in the Jackson Purchase Area, creating both physical and digital exhibits for the local community. View video report.
2021 Edmonds Summer Fellow: Danielle Luckstead
Danielle Lucksted is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Sociology at Stony Brook University, and has an M.A. in Human Rights from University College London and an M.A. in Humanities and Social Thought from New York University. Her research focuses on the sociology of human rights and international law, with specific interests in memory norms in the U.S. and globally and in mechanisms of enforcement such as international criminal courts. Danielle has also worked in the violence prevention field for six years. In a former position at a domestic violence organization in Michigan from 2015-2017, she researched and facilitated over 200 presentations a year on the subjects of domestic and sexual violence prevention in K-12, university, and general community settings. She has also served as an educator for Girls Leadership, a mentor for Young Leaders Against Violence, and as Outreach and Education Chair for the Kent County Human Trafficking Task Force. View video report.
2021 Edmonds Summer Fellow: Winnie Ho
Winnie Ho is a Program Coordinator for the National Resource Center for Academic Detailing (NaRCAD) in Boston, MA. In this role, she has had the unique opportunity to support an international network of local organizations devoted to clinical outreach education. Winnie graduated cum laude from Cornell University in 2019 with a BA in Biological Sciences and in Sociology, with dual minors in Inequality Studies and Global Health. In Fall 2021, she will be attending Yale School of Public Health as a Master in Public Health candidate in Social and Behavioral Sciences with a concentration in US Health and Justice.Her work is informed by her interests in progressive drug policy reform, advocating for harm reduction, and challenging ingrained stigma towards marginalized populations. With HRE USA, Winnie is looking forward to learning more about the activism being done to introduce critical human rights perspectives into our most important national conversations. View Video Report.