Welcoming two new staff members: Rebecca Stephens and Allison Gilmore

The Human Rights Education Speak Truth to Power team welcomes two new staff members.

Rebecca Stephens joins us as the new HRE Capacity Building Manager. Rebecca is responsible for our educator-facing work, and she will take the lead in implementing the whole school framework with partner schools.

Rebecca comes to us with a wealth of HRE, teaching, and writing experience. She has taught at the secondary and university levels and brings extensive experience designing, implementing, and assessing teacher training in school-led professional development programs at conferences and the Niswonger Rural LIFE training program

She is the co-editor of Writing Appalachia: An Anthology, published in 2020, the first anthology in the field since the 1970s

“I believe that the cornerstones of an effective human rights curriculum includes exposing students to other human rights defenders who serve as inspirations and models, inviting students into the conversation about human rights, helping them to find actionable steps in their own communities and lives, and encouraging them to develop and appreciate their own voices and the voices of their peers.”

Allison Gilmore joins us as the new Youth Engagement Associate. Allison is responsible for our youth-facing work.

Allison comes to us from Fulbright Austria, where she was an English Language teacher in Linz. She worked with students ages 14-18 to create comprehensive lessons using immersive learning methods. She also designed 15 Black History Month lessons the school will use going forward.

She is a graduate of North Carolina A&T State University, where she earned a bachelor of science in journalism and mass communication. Allison was the student body president her final year and, yup, graduated summa cum laude. The youth are in very good hands!

“I heard about this role through the holy grail called LinkedIn while I was transitioning from my position as an Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Linz, Austria. I was looking for a job where I could still be involved in teaching and education, without having to directly teach, while also working for an organization where I felt like I wouldn’t have to compromise my morals. This position at RFK Human Rights was a very clear catchall.”