Regional Chapters

HRE USA’s regional chapters coordinate human rights education activities and communicate with members and organizational partners in their areas. Regional Representatives are very involved in HRE advocacy, serve on HRE USA committees as well as on the boards for local and national organizations working in the area of human rights.

To get involved locally, contact the representative nearest you with your questions, concerns, and information to share about your human rights education activities.

Find Your Regional Representative:

ALABAMA
Angelica Brooks
FLORIDA
Laura Finley
ROCKY MOUNTAINS
Ellen Moore
CALIFORNIA (Central)
Maureen McCorry
HAWAII
Joshua Cooper
SOUTHEAST
Rick Halperin
CALIFORNIA (North)
Jazzmin Chizu Gota
Lina Lenberg
MINNESOTA
Kristi Rudelius-Palmer
Kathy Seipp
SOUTHWEST
Rosemary Blanchard
CALIFORNIA (South)
Pam Bruns
Kristin Ghazarians
NEW ENGLAND
David Shiman
Yvonne  Vissing
VIRGINIA (Eastern)
Gail Barker
CHICAGO AREA
Laura Michalski
NEW JERSEY
Bill Fernekes
John Terry
VIRGINIA (Western)
David Brunsma
CONNECTICUT
Chris Buckley
Jacob Skrzypiec
NEW YORK CITY
Michelle Chouinard
Benil Mostafa
WEST VIRGINIA
Bill Price
WASHINGTON, DC
Rachel Bergsieker
Karen Hopkins
IOWA
Brian Farrell

Recent Chapter Updates

  • Hosted a Symposium on Engaged Scholarship: Education as Activism: The Role of Educators, Counselors, and Scholars (Northern California)
  • Co-led a Human Rights Advocacy workshop with United Nations Association, San Francisco State University Chapter (Northern California)
  • Offered three interactive sessions on human rights education in partnership with Amnesty International USA (New York City)
  • Hosted Screening of Dolores! for students and faculty of Thurgood Marshall Academy (Washington, DC)
  • Contributed to the education section of the 2017 Human Rights City Report (Washington, DC)
  • Testified before the DC State Board of Education and DC Council Education Committee on revising the district’s Social Studies Standards. (Washington, DC)
  • Facilitated HRE workshops for students and training for teachers and coordinated the Human Rights Academy High School (Hawaii)
  • Ensured HRE USA had a visible presence at the national NCSS conference and other events locally and nationally (Southwest region)
  • Worked in partnership with local universities to change discipline policies in schools in the state. (Virginia)
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From left to right: Caitlin Richardson, Safiya Nanji, Marissa Gutiérrez-Vicario, Cody Freeman, Justin Jalea, Benil Mostafa, Rebecca Norlander, Felisa Tibbitts, Matt Michaels, Scott Hirschfeld, Kate Flinner.

HRE USA New York offered three interactive sessions on human rights education in early 2017. Participants explored multiple topics and discussed how they use education to encourage action on human rights; through art, UN efforts, higher education, NGOs, professional networks, and research & evaluation. Sessions were hosted at Amnesty International USA’s offices in NYC.

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From left to right: Lina Lenberg (Co-Regional Rep), Gladys Perez (USF HRE), Susan Katz (USF HRE & HRE USA Advisor), Lauren Markham (author), Jane Pak (Co-Regional Rep), and Monisha Bajaj (USF HRE).

HRE USA San Francisco co-sponsored a book talk and signing event for author Lauren Markham’s recent book, The Faraway Brothers about two undocumented students.