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|Felisa Tibbitts, is the Founder and Senior Advisor of Human Rights Education Associates (HREA) which she directed from 1999-2010. She is also Adjunct Lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Visiting Professor at the UN University for Peace. Her professional career has been devoted to supporting educational activities that promote a culture of human rights and prevent human rights abuses. Since 1992, she has worked with numerous government and international agencies in developing curriculum and policies that support the integration of human rights into teaching and training. These organizations include the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, UNICEF, UNESCO, UNDP, OSCE, the Council of Europe, the Organization of American States and numerous non-governmental organizations, such as Amnesty International. She has engaged in adult trainings in over 20 countries and has published articles, book chapters, and manuals addressing such topics as HRE in schools and the empowerment model of HRE. She received her A.B. from Harvard College, her M.P.P. from the Kennedy School of Government, her Ed.M./Certificate of Advanced Studies from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and her D.Phil from the Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg (Germany).
|Lise Balk King is a recent graduate from the Harvard Kennedy School with a Mid-Career Masters in Public Administration. While completing her studies, she proposed the Initiative on Indigenous Rights to the Carr Center, and was appointed as a Fellow. She has twenty years of experience working in media and communications, specializing in their applications as tools for political advocacy, education and social change.
Ms. King's work first focused on using major media and corporate engagement for mainstream advocacy and education, focusing on environmental issues and social justice. After completing work on MTV's first major documentary project, DECADE, which won an Emmy and a Peabody Award, she initiated and co-produced a short series of environmental action pieces for MTV News.
Lise relocated to the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota in 1992, where her focus shifted to indigenous human and civil rights, political and social advocacy, community education and economic development. She transitioned into independent media and grass roots education. She co-founded Native Voice Media, The Native Voice, an independent national Native American newspaper, and The Native Voice Film Festival.
Ms. King has two children, ages 10 and 18, who are enrolled members of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. As a non-native with decades of experience living and working in Indian Country, Ms. King has become known as a “bridge-builder,” providing leadership in cross-cultural communication and advocacy.