Erika George - Interim Director, Board Chair
Professor George earned a B.A. with honors from the University of Chicago and a J.D. from Harvard Law School, where she served as Articles Editor of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. She also holds an M.A. in International Relations from the University of Chicago.
Prior to joining the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, Professor George served as a law clerk for Judge William T. Hart on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, as a litigation associate for the law firms of Jenner & Block in Chicago and Coudert Brothers LLP in New York City, and as a fellow and later consultant to Human Rights Watch. In connection with her work with Human Rights Watch, Professor George conducted investigations in South Africa on women’s rights, children’s rights, violence, the right to education, and abuses related to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. She wrote a book-length report, Scared at School: Sexual Violence Against Girls in South African Schools, which received widespread media coverage in South Africa and internationally. She currently serves as special counsel to the Women’s Rights Division of Human Rights Watch.
Tom Maloney - Director (on sabbatical 2018-2019)
Tom Maloney became director of the Tanner Human Rights Center in 2010. He is also chair of the Department of Economics. Maloney specializes in US economic history, labor economics, and economic demography. His research has focused on inequality in living standards in the US in the 20th and 21st centuries. In particular, he has examined the entry of African American workers into meatpacking, steel, auto manufacturing and other industries during the "Great Migration" of the mid-20th century.
More recently, he has studied the economic mobility and health status of immigrants in Utah. His research has been published in the Journal of Economic History, Social Science History, Explorations in Economic History, Economic Inquiry, and other leading journals in economic and social history.
Along with Kim Korinek (Sociology, University of Utah), he edited Migration in the 21st Century: Rights, Outcomes, and Policy (Routledge 2010), which contains the work of many of the participants in the 2008 Tanner Human Rights Center conference on migration.
He received his bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Dayton and his master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Michigan.
Aleta Tew - Associate Director, Board Co-chair
Aleta Tew earned her B.S. degree in Behavioral Science and Health from the University of Utah. She has worked with the Center since its inception in 2006. Overseeing all operations, programing, events and forums, Aleta connects our campus community with human rights advocates from around the globe who inspire, and advocate for peace, nonviolence and human rights. Aleta is the Associate Director for the Tanner Human Rights Center and Development Officer for the College of Social and Behavioral Science.
Brigitte Klement - Marketing and Development Manager
Brigitte Klement holds a Master’s degree in Community Leadership from Westminster College where she studied cross-sector partnerships as a way to bring together leaders from the public, private, and philanthropic sectors to enhance social good. She also graduated from Southern Utah University with a B.A. in Communications. Her professional path includes all facets of the nonprofit sector, cross-sector partnerships, nonprofit marketing, development and fundraising.
Diana Ramirez - Intern
Diana Ramirez is a first generation college student double majoring in Communications and Sociology. As a minority, human rights is important to her as she knows what it means to face injustice. Diana believes everyone, no matter the color, ethnicity, or sexual preference, has a right to equal opportunities. Her favorite article from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is article 23 in where it details that everyone, without any discrimination, has the right to equal pay for equal work. Diana is passionate about community and learning to teach others around her about human rights.
Barbara L. Tanner - Founder
Deb Sawyer - Co-Founder
Cynthia Berg - Dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Science, University of Utah
Cynthia A. Berg is the interim dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Science. Dr. Berg joined the University of Utah in 1986 as a professor of psychology. Previous appointments at the U include assistant and associate professor, director of graduate studies and chair of psychology. Dr. Berg completed doctoral training and earned two master’s degrees at Yale University all in developmental psychology. She earned a bachelor’s of psychology from the University of Washington.
Dr. Berg has published over 100 articles and book chapters. Her research, at the intersection of development and health psychology, examines how individuals cope with chronic illness (e.g., diabetes, cancer) within close relationships and family systems. Dr. Berg brings together collaborative and interdisciplinary research teams from psychology, pediatrics, medicine and the Huntsman Cancer Institute to approach these problems.
Dr. Berg’s work demonstrating that parental involvement is essential to good diabetes management across adolescence and emerging adulthood has been published in Diabetes Care, Journal of Pediatric Psychology, and Journal of Family Psychology. Her work with couples coping with cancer indicates that working together can boost cognitive performance, enhance satisfaction with the relationship and reduce psychosocial distress. These findings were published in Psychology and Aging and several gerontology journals. Dr. Berg’s research has been funded by NICHD, NIA, NIDDK and the Spencer Foundation.
As an administrator, Dr. Berg has developed initiatives improving graduate student mentorship, faculty development and undergraduate instruction. She has received numerous awards for her research and mentoring, including: 2006 U of U Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Scholar Distinguished Mentor Award; 2007 Master Mentor Award from the American Psychology Association; and the 2012 Irwin Altman Award for distinguished research, teaching, mentoring and service.
Kathryn Bond Stockton - Professor and Associate Vice President for Equity and Diversity, School for Cultural and Social Transformation, University of Utah
Kathryn Bond Stockton is Distinguished Professor of English, Associate Vice President for Equity and Diversity, and inaugural dean of the School for Cultural and Social Transformation at the University of Utah, where she teaches queer theory, theories of race, and twentieth-century literature and film. Her most recent books, Beautiful Bottom, Beautiful Shame: Where “Black” Meets “Queer” and The Queer Child, or Growing Sideways in the Twentieth Century, published by Duke University Press, were both finalists for the Lambda Literary Award in LGBT Studies, and she has authored God between Their Lips: Desire between Women in Irigaray, Bronte, and Eliot (Stanford University Press). Stockton has received the Crompton-Noll Prize, awarded by the Modern Language Association, for the best essay in gay and lesbian studies and has taught at Cornell University’s School of Criticism and Theory, where she led a seminar on “Sexuality and Childhood in a Global Frame.” Her forthcoming book is entitled Making Out: Kissing, Reading, Sex with Ideas (NYU Press). In 2013, she was awarded the Rosenblatt Prize for Excellence, the highest honor granted by the University of Utah.
Neelam Chand - Director for Marketing and Communications, Office for Equity and Diversity, University of Utah
Neelam Chand, a University of Utah alum, is the director for marketing and communications in the Office for Equity and Diversity at the University of Utah. In her role she manages a team of marketers in producing materials related to diversity events and programs. Responsible for marketing strategies, Chand is heavily involved in making sure that the messages surrounding diversity on campus is both authentic and meaningful. Chand is currently a member of the Presidential Anti-Racism Task Force and the chair for the MLK committee at the University of Utah. She also serves as a member of the Utah Human Rights MLK Commission. Her mission is to continue engaging student, faculty, staff and community members in critical discussions around diversity, inclusion, equity and social justice in hopes for positive change.
Angie Gamarra - Amnesty International Student Representitve
Angie Gamarra is an undergraduate student at the University of Utah, College of Nursing. She has been involved with Amnesty International, the English Skills Learning Center, SLCC Manos Amigas, Salt Lake Peer Court, and Generations of Latinos. Her roles consist of pursuing a path of leadership, scholarship, and service that helps design new and viable policies to alleviate poverty and create social responses that can lead developing countries and local communities down a new path of equal opportunity. Angie hopes to merge her work as a humanitarian with the health care field to resonate safety in the hearts of her community. Angie wants to be an ally and visible community partner in enhancing nursing curriculum and community efforts.
Christine Gore - Grants and Contracts Officer, College of Social and Behavioral Science, University of Utah
Christine earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Speech and Communications from Clemson University. Before moving overseas, Christine worked as a Florida Regional Sales Manager for Marriott International for 10 years. After an 8 year adventure in Asia, she joined the Tanner Center for Human Rights as the Social Media and Marketing Coordinator. While with the Tanner Center, Christine focused her time on the Tanner Center's 2017 Forum on Women’s Rights as well as the Exploring Humanitarian Law Workshop and the co-sponsored events with the Hinckley Institute. Currently, Christine is the Grants and Contracts Officer for the College of Social and Behavioral Science at the University of Utah.
Samira Harnish - Founder and Executive Director of Women of the World
Samira Harnish is the Founder and Executive Director of Women of the World. She arrived in America from her native Iraq, struggled against bigotry to get her degree in engineering, and worked for 17 years as an R&D engineer at the largest domestic manufacturer of semiconductor memory.
Samira has always served her community. She has been responsible for educating young women in the sciences, assisting the elderly, and as a medical interpreter.
In 2010, Samira founded Women of the World to fulfill a lifelong dream of helping women achieve self-sufficiency. Women of the World is Samira’s heart on her sleeve, a 24/7 non-profit with the mission of supporting women of all nations achieve self- reliance, a voice in the community, and empowering economic success.
The women that WoW serves have gotten advanced educations, continued to be promoted within their companies, formed their own small businesses, and even returned back to their home countries to teach some of the lessons that Women of the World had taught them. Samira’s life-saving efforts truly have a global reach.
Samira has led Women of the World to become the preeminent women’s refugee service organization in Utah. She has been the keynote speaker at the Utah Hunger Banquet, the Bennion Center, and all of the local Universities. She was awarded the Enlightened 50 award by the Utah Community Foundation, the 2014 Salt Lake City Human Rights Award, the 2016 Ruby Award from the Soroptomists of Utah, and the 2017 Emerald Award for Excellence In Civic Engagement. This year she will be awarded the America’s Region Nansen Award from the United Nations High Commission on Refugees in Geneva, Switzerland, she was chosen from over 450 international nominees. She is the proud mother of five, Nana for her three beautiful granddaughters, and the wife of WoW co-Founder Justin Harnish.
Kathryn Lindquist - Adjunct Instructor, Honors Program, University of Utah
Kathryn Lindquist earned a BA and MA in English and PhD in American Studies from the University of Utah. She has retired from teaching humanities courses and directing the Bachelor of University Studies program at the U. An Ogden native, she served on the Weber State University Board of Trustees and currently is on WSU’s Environmental Issues Committee and the editorial board for Weber: The Contemporary West. At the U she enjoys membership on advisory boards for the College of Humanities, the Board of Advisors for Undergraduate Advancement and the KUER development committee. Kathryn is a trustee for The Nature Conservancy and the ACLU in Utah. She is married to Jim Moore, a retired environmental attorney.
Sylvia Torti - Professor and Dean of the Honors College, University of Utah
Sylvia Torti grew up in Salem, Ohio, with an Argentine father and American mother, completed her undergraduate degree in Biology at Earlham College and her PhD in Tropical Ecology at the University of Utah. She lived and worked in Europe, Africa and Latin America and speaks English and Danish. Post-graduate school, Dr. Torti pursued creative writing, led Writers at Work in Salt Lake City and participated in artist residencies at Hedgebrook (Whidbey Island, WA), Sacatar, Brazil and Centre di Arte i Naturi (Farrera, Spain). In her work, she tries to find the places where disciplines intersect. In particular, she is interested in the ways that science and the humanities can probe one another and potentially deepen our understanding of important human questions. Dr. Torti is pat of an interdisciplinary collective Mapping Meaning.
Jesús N. Valero - Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Utah
Jesús N. Valero, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Utah. Jesús’ research explores government-nonprofit partnerships, effective leadership in nonprofit organizations, and the use and impact of technology in public service. He is the recipient of the Emerging Scholar Award from the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARVOVA), the Emerging Scholar Fellowship from the Urban Institute, and the Founders’ Fellowship Award from the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA). Jesús earned his PhD in public administration with a specialization in nonprofit management from the University of North Texas; Master of Public Administration from the University of Texas-Pan American; and BA from the University of Texas-San Antonio.
Emeritus Board Members
Betsy Burton - Co-founder and co-owner, The King's English Bookshop
Betsy published a book about life in an independent bookstore, The King's English: Adventures of an Independent Bookseller, which was named Best Nonfiction of the Year by the Utah Arts Council Award in 2003. She has also co-produced a film, Invisible Disabilities, which is being used to train the police and medical professionals in Salt Lake and several other cities. Burton, who has served on various boards in the book business and in her community, co-founded and is co-chair of Local First Utah, is an advisory board member of the American Independent Business Alliance, Vice President of the American Booksellers Association, and a board member of the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression. Burton was named Outstanding Bookseller of the year by MPIBA in 2001 and Woman Business Owner of the Year by NAWBO in 2004. She is married to Kit Burton and has two children, Amanda Hansen and Nicholas Burton.
George Cheney, Ph.D., Purdue University, is Professor of Communication at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, where he is also connected with the programs on ethics, innovation and sustainability. He was Professor of Communication at the University of Utah from 2002-10 and remains an Adjunct Professor in that department and collaborates with the Peace and Conflict Studies Program. From 2005-2010, he was the director of the Peace and Conflict Studies at the U and he served as the director of the Tanner Center from 2006-2010. In addition, he serves as Adjunct Professor at the University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand. George is widely published; he has lectured and consulted on several continents. His teaching, research and service interests include identity on multiple levels of society, workplace democracy and quality of work life, global "marketization" and consumerism, professional and communication ethics, the rhetorics of dissent and peacemaking, and environmental sustainability for business. He is a member of the International Cooperative Business Education Consortium; is a research associate of the Ohio Employee Ownership Center, and a member of the Community Wealth Building Network of Metro Denver. While at the U, George helped to develop cross-college multi-disciplinary curricula in peace, dialogue, and human rights as well as several community outreach programs.
David Derezotes - College of Social Work, University of Utah
Dr. Derezotes is a Professor in the College of Social Work, University of Utah and Chair of the Practice and Mental Health programs at the College. He has many publications relating to practice with children and families. His textbook Advanced generalist social work practice (2000, Sage) has been recognized as a guide to practitioners who are integrating traditional and emerging methods. Dr. Derezotes is a valuable resource to vulnerable populations in the community: he is Clinical Supervisor at the Indian Walk-In Center and has served as the Clinical Director of the Pacific Resource Center. Dr. Derezotes also serves in private practice as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with children, adolescents, couples, and families.
Catherine deVries - Pediatric Urology, The University of Utah
As a pediatric urologist, Catherine cares for children with congenital and acquired diseases of the urinary tract and genitalia. As a Professor of Urology, she practices at Primary Children's Medical Center. Her areas of particular interest are neurogenic bladder associated with spina bifida and birth defects of the genitalia. Her work extends overseas to teaching pediatric and reconstructive urology in low resource countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. A graduate of Harvard University, she holds a Masters in Pathology from Duke University and an M.D. from Stanford University. She trained in Urology at Stanford University and completed her fellowship in Pediatric Urology at University of California, San Diego. Her awards include the American Red Cross International Hero Award in 2011, the American Urological Association's 2009 Distinguished Contribution Award, The Southeastern Section AUA Presidential Lectureship 2009, The American Urological Association's Honorary Member 2007, and the American Medical Association's 2006 Dr. Nathan Davis International Award in Medicine.
Mary Dickson - KUED Channel 7, University of Utah
Mary Dickson has been Director of Creative Services since 1988 at KUED-Channel 7 in Salt Lake City, where she oversees the station's public relations, publicity, advertising, on-air promotion, graphic services, community outreach, and web site activities in addition to publishing Seven, the station's program guide. Under her leadership the station has won a variety of local and national promotion awards, including Emmy and New York Film Festival Awards as well as those from PBS and from the Utah Broadcasters Association.
In addition to her full-time position with the public television station, she is an award-winning Salt Lake City writer whose wide-ranging articles and commentary appear regularly in a variety of publications.
Fred Esplin - Vice President for University Relations, University of Utah
Fred Esplin is Vice President for Institutional Advancement at the University of Utah where he is responsible for external relations for the University. His primary role in this position is as the chief fund-raiser for the nearly completed $1.2B capital campaign. Departments of the University which report to him include the Development Office, the Alumni Association, KUED Channel 7, KUER-FM, and Red Butte Garden and Arboretum.
Brian Farr - Former Division Chief, Utah Attorney General's Office
Brian is division chief at the Utah Attorney General's Office and committee chair for the Salt Lake Interfaith Roundtable. (The Committee on Building Community and Peace). Brian has a bachelor's degree in University Studies from Brigham Young University, a Juris Doctor degree from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University, and a graduate certificate in Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies from Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand.
Maria S. Farrington - Chief Executive Officer, Discovery Gateway
Maria grew up in Corpus Christi, Texas, earned a BA in History and Political Science from the University of Houston and has completed a Master's program in Public Administration (MPA) at the University of Utah. In addition, Maria speaks fluent Spanish.
Since April 1, 2007, Maria S. Farrington has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Discovery Gateway children's museum. She previously served on the museum's board of directors beginning 2002 and was asked to assume her present position in 2007.
Rev. Tom Goldsmith - Minister, First Unitarian Church
Rev. Tom Goldsmith began his ministry in Salt Lake City in 1987, after serving two churches in the Boston metropolitan area. He has published widely in both cities, including a regular Op Ed column for the Boston Herald, Modern Bride magazine, various articles in both the Salt Lake Tribune, Deseret Morning News, many alternative radical feminist and peace periodicals, and he provided a chapter in God and Country: Politics in Utah, Signature Books, 2005.
Rev. Goldsmith has brought his distinct love for jazz to Utah, launching the popular Jazz Vespers program in 1989 and a Folk Vespers series a few years later. He is greatly involved in the interfaith community and has become a regular fixture at peace demonstrations and other human rights events. In 2000, he married Mary Tull, a consultant with Pathway Associates. They love to hike, travel, and are especially drawn to the beauty and serenity of both Torrey, Utah and Bolinas, California.
Nancy Haanstad - Department of Political Science, Weber State University
Nancy Haanstad teaches the POLS International Politics courses and serves as coordinator for the new International Politics Minor. In addition, she is the campus adviser for the non-partisan human rights organization Amnesty International (1977 Nobel Peace Prize recipient) and the Model United Nations as well as a Board Member of the Tanner Center for the Non-Violent Advocacy for Human Rights at the University of Utah.
Len Hawes - Department of Communication, College of Humanities
Leonard C. Hawes is the Director of Peace & Conflict Studies program, the Executive Director of the Graduate Conflict Resolution Certificate Program and a Professor of Communication at the University of Utah, a position he has held since 1980. Prior to that, Leonard taught on the faculties at the University of Minnesota, where he received his Ph.D. in 1970, Ohio State University, where he was Director of the Organizational Communication Research Institute, and Pennsylvania State University. He received his B.A. from Macalester College in 1966.
Leonard has worked as a conflict coach, a conflict resolution trainer, and a communication consultant with engineering, technology, finance, health care, advertising, educational, and nonprofit organizations, as well as with county, state, and federal governmental agencies. He is the author of articles, essays, and reviews on communication theory, research methods, conflict interventions, dispute resolution, problem-solving, decision-making, and dialogue.
Boyer Jarvis came to Utah in 1955 to do research on his PhD dissertation at Northwestern, since then he has held various positions at the University of Utah. He began teaching speech in 1956 which he taught in various capacities until 1989. Meanwhile he served in various Administrative positions, including Dean of Admissions and Registration and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs.
Boyer has always been active in the community as well. He has served in over 20 boards including United Nations Association of Utah, ACLU of Utah, and Youth Inc.
His awards include; Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Award; Honorary Doctor of Humanities, U of U; Planned Parenthood of Utah Annette P. Cumming Community; Service Award; Honorary Alumnus Award, U of U; Utah League of Women Voters Community Service Award; Utah Region, NCCJ Humanitarian Award; Utah Pride Parade Grand Marchal; Equality Utah Allies Award (with wife, Pat)
Kim Korinek - Department of Sociology, University of Utah
Kim Korinek, PhD, University of Washington, is Associate Professor and Chair of the Sociology Department, Associate Director of the Asia Center and Director of Graduate Studies at the University of Utah. She is Adjunct Professor at the Institute of Population and Social Research, Mahidol University, Thailand. Kim received the Superior Teaching Award from the College of Social and Behavioral Science, 2009.
Mark Lewon - Vice President of Operations
Mark is a native of Salt Lake City. He attended Northwestern University, graduating in 1986 with a degree in economics. After working for a metals recycling company in San Jose, California, for 2 years, he returned to the family metal recycling business, Utah Metal Works, where he is now the president. Mark has 2 children, and is active with his trade association, where he is a national officer, and with numerous charitable organizations in Salt Lake. In his spare time, he likes to swim and read, but not at the same time.
Jerilyn is president emerita of Central Washington University and also holds emerita status as interim president, vice president for academic affairs, and professor of communication at the University of Utah. Jerilyn spent 23 years at the U., serving as interim president twice, for two months in 1991 and for all of 1997. She was vice president for academic affairs for seven years. She is the first woman to have served in any of these administrative positions at Utah and Central. She received her bachelor's degree in history and a master's degree in journalism at Stanford University. She received her Ph.D. in communication and history from the University of Washington.
Before joining the University of Utah faculty in the Department of Communication in 1977, Dr. McIntyre taught at the University of Iowa School of Journalism from 1973 - 1977 and at Chico State College in California from 1968 - 1970. She is a former correspondent in the World News Bureau of McGraw-Hill Publishing Company in Los Angeles. Dr. McIntyre is the author of numerous monographs, articles, and papers on communication history, journalism ethics, and higher education issues. She is married to W. David Smith.
Dr. Richard J. Nelson received his undergraduate training and a Medical Degree at the University of Utah. After serving as a Captain in the United States Medical Corps from 1951 to 1953, Dr. Nelson returned to Salt Lake City and entered private practice. That same year he accepted the position of Health Commissioner and Chairman of the Salt Lake Board of Health. He remained in this position for eleven years while continuing to see patients in private practice. In 1954 he joined the University of Utah as part of the clinical faculty, a position he held until his retirement. Later he served as Chair of the Department of Medicine at LDS Hospital.
Dr. Nelson was one of the founding Delegates of the American Society of Internal Medicine. He served as President of the Utah Society of Internal Medicine for two years. To attract outstanding and nationally recognized clinicians and researchers to the hospital staff, Dr. Nelson developed what is known today as the Deseret Foundation which provides funding for research to keep on the cutting edge of medical advancement.
Dr. Nelson practiced medicine for over forty years. Although he is retired, he remains active by fishing and writing music which has been published internationally by Lawson-Gould. His chamber compositions have been played by many local orchestras.
Dee Rowland -Former government liaison for Salt Lake City Catholic Diocese
Dee chairs the National Association of Social Action Directors and the Utah Gun Violence Prevention Center. She is a board member of the Midvale Family Health Center, The Utah Foster Care Foundation, The Tanner Human Rights Center, The Utah Coalition Against Nuclear Weapons and The Healthy Environment Alliance of Utah. Dee is the Government Liaison and Director of the Peace & Justice Commission for the Utah Catholic Diocese. She chairs the National Association of Social Action Directors and the Utah Gun Violence Prevention Center. She is a board member of the Midvale Family Health Center, The Utah Foster Care Foundation, The Tanner Human Rights Center, The Utah Coalition Against Nuclear Weapons and The Healthy Environment Alliance of Utah.
Karen Shepherd was the editor of network magazine and publisher of Webster publishing before going into politics. She was elected to the Utah Senate and later became the second woman from Utah to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. Most recently, she served as a Presidential appointment to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), representing the United States on its Board of Directors in London, England.
Ted Wilson - Former Mayor of Salt Lake City
Ted Wilson Served as mayor of Salt Lake City from 1976 to 1985. He was the director of the U's Hinckley Institute of Politics for 18 years and was the founding director of the Barbara L. and Norman C. Tanner Center for Nonviolent Human Rights Advocacy. He founded Exoro Co. and currently serves as director of government affairs for Talisker Corp. A professor emeritus of political science, he continues to teach classes at the University of Utah. Faculty Profile
Cecilia Wainryb - Professor, Developmental Psychology, University of Utah
Cecilia is a professor of Developmental Psychology at the the University of Utah. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California-Berkeley (Human Development, 1989). Cecilia’s work explores how children and adolescents make sense of interpersonal and group conflict situations, especially the types of conflicts in which one or both parties feel hurt or mistreated. She is particularly interested in how the specific ways in which children interpret these experiences both affect their actual behavior in conflict situations and further their moral development.