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Tanner Center for Human Rights

Staff

Cecilia Wainryb

Cecilia Wainryb

Director

Professor of Psychology

Professor Wainryb grew up in Argentina at a time of profound human rights violations, which fed into her commitment to promoting human rights.

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Aleta Tew

Aleta Tew

Associate Director

Board Co-Chair

Aleta A. Tew earned a B.S. in Behavioral Science and Health from the University of Utah. She serves as the Associate Director of the Tanner Center for Human Rights and has been with the Center since its inception in 2006.

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Brigitte Klement

Brigitte Klement

Development Marketing

Community Outreach

 

Brigitte Klement holds a B.A. in Communications from Southern Utah University and an M.A. in Community Leadership from Westminster College. Her focus includes all facets of the non-profit sector and building cross-sector partnerships for bringing about social justice.

Advisory Board Members

Barbara Tanner

Barbara L. Tanner

Founder   

Tanner Center for Human Rights 

Barbara Lindquist Tanner is a community leader, humanitarian, philanthropist, and human rights activist. In 2006, she established The Barbara and Norman Tanner Center for Human Rights in the College of Social and Behavioral Science at the University of Utah.

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Deb Sawyer

Deb Sawyer

Co-Founder

Tanner Center for Human Rights

Deb Sawyer is a peace activist who helped create the Utah Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons and the Gandhi Alliance for Peace, a life's work that began in the 1980s when she started attending the Salt Lake Society of Friends (Quakers) services. Deb's commitment to creating a more peaceful world continues in the hope that humans will eventually become "hooked" on democracy, human rights and nonviolent problem solving.

Cindy Berg

Cynthia Berg

Dean

College of Social and Behavioral Science

Professor Berg joined the University of Utah in 1986 as a professor of psychology. She brings together collaborative and interdisciplinary research teams from psychology, pediatrics, medicine and the Huntsman Cancer Institute to approach problems of development and health psychology. Her work helps teams examine how individuals cope with chronic illness (e.g., diabetes, cancer) within close relationships and family systems.

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Leticia Alvarez Guiterrez

Leticia Alavarez Gutierrez

Associate Professor

Education, Culture and Society

Associate Professor Leticia Alvarez Gutierrez research  draws from critical social theory, ecological systems theory, a sociocultural view of development, migration scholarship, cultural assets frameworks, Chicana feminist theory, ethnographic and participatory action research (PAR) approaches.  She believes in teaching that raises social, cultural and political consciousness and that deals directly with bridging theory with practice through community engagement.

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Luna Banuri

Luna Banuri

Founder and Director

Tele Taleem

Luna Banuri is founder and director of TeleTaleem, a social enterprise firm focusing on helping leverage the power of technology, innovative approaches, and partnerships to solve the toughest global development challenges in Education. She has 23 years of experience implementing projects in over a dozen countries.

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Catherine Bond Stockston

Kathryn Bond Stockton

 Associate Vice President

Equity and Diversity, School for Cultural and Social Transformation

Professor 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. In 2013, she was awarded the Rosenblatt Prize for Excellence, the highest honor granted by the University of Utah. 

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Neelam Chand

Neelam Chand

Diversity and Inclusion Officer

Zions Bank

Neelam Chand holds a B.S. in Mass Communications with an emphasis on Public Relations. Before joining Zion's Bank, Neelam served as Director for Marketing and Communications in the Office for Equity and Diversity at the University of Utah.  She is currently a member of the Presidential Anti-Racism Task Force and the chair for the MLK committee.  One of her favorite quotes: “If you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else.” – Toni Morrison.

Erika George

Erika George

Director

The Obert C. & Grace A. Tanner Humanities Center

Served as TCHR Interim Director 2018-2019

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.

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Christine Gore

Christine Gore

Grants and Contracts Officer

College of Social and Behavioral Science 

Christine Gore earned a B.A. in History and Speech and Communications Studies from Clemson University. Christine currently serves as the Grants and Contracts Officer for the Office of Research Administration (ORA). Before joining the ORA team, she worked with the Tanner Center as our Communications Specialist and Program Coordinator where she was instrumental in heading our Exploring Humanitarian Law workshops.

Samira Harnish

Samira Harnish

Founder and Executive Director

  Women of the World (WoW)

Samira Harnish 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, along with her husband Justin Harnish, founded Women of the World (WoW).  Samira has led WoW to become the preeminent women’s refugee service organization in Utah.

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Kathryn Lindquist

Kathryn Lindquist

ACLU of Utah Board

Kathryn Lindquist earned a B.A. and M.A. in English and Ph.D. 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 University of Utah.  Kathryn is a trustee for The Nature Conservancy and the ACLU in Utah. 

Tom Maloney

Tom Maloney

Professor

 Economics Department

Served as TCHR Director 2010 – 2018 

Professor 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, economic mobility and health status of immigrants in Utah.

Served as TCHR Director from 2010 – 2018.

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Sylvia Torti

Sylvia Torti

Professor and Dean

Honors College 

Professor Torti grew up in Salem, Ohio, with an Argentine father and American mother. She completed her undergraduate degree in Biology at Earlham College and then her Ph.D. in Tropical Ecology at the University of Utah. In her work, she tries to find the places where disciplines intersect.

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Jesus Valero

Jesús N. Valero

Assistant Professor

Department of Political Science

Jesús N. Valero, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Utah.  His research explores government-nonprofit partnerships, effective leadership in nonprofit organizations, and the use and impact of technology in public service.

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Emeritus Board Members

Betsy Burton

Betsy Burton

Served TCHR 2013-2018

Co-founder and Co-owner

The King's English Bookshop

George Cheney

George Cheney

Served TCHR 2006-2018

Professor of Communication

University of Colorado

Dave Derezotes

David Derezotes

Served TCHR 2011-2018

College of Social Work 

University of Utah

Catherine deVries

Catherine deVries

Served TCHR 2007-2013

Pediatric Urology 

University of Utah

Mary Dickson

Mary Dickson 

Served TCHR 2007-2013

KUED Channel 7

University of Utah

Fred Esplin

Fred Esplin

Served TCHR 2006-2018

Vice President for University Relations

University of Utah

Bryan Farr

Brian Farr 

Served TCHR 2007-2018

Former Division Chief

Utah Attorney General's Office

Maria Farrington

Maria S. Farrington

Served TCHR 2007-2018

Chief Executive Officer

Discovery Gateway

Angie Gamarra

Angie Gamarra

Amnesty International Student Activist Organizer

University of Utah

Rev. Tom Goldsmith

Rev. Tom Goldsmith

Served TCHR 2007-2013

Minister

First Unitarian Church

Nancy Haanstad

Nancy Haanstad

Served TCHR 2007-2013

Department of Political Science

Weber State University

Len Hawes

Len Hawes

Served TCHR 2007-2013

Department of Communication, College of Humanities

University of Utah
 

Boyer Jarvis

Boyer Jarvis

Served TCHR 2007-2013

Community Leader

Kim Korinek

Kim Korinek

Served TCHR 2009-2018

Department of Sociology

University of Utah

Mark Lewon

Mark Lewon

Served TCHR 2013-2018

Vice President of Operations

Utah Metal Works

Jerilyn McIntyre

Jerilyn McIntyre

Served TCHR 2010-2018

Professor Emeritus

University of Utah

Dr. Richard Nelson

Dr. Richard J. Nelson

Served TCHR 2007-2013

Co-founder Delegates of the American Society of Internal Medicine

 

Dee Rowland

Dee Rowland

Served TCHR 2007-2018

Former government  liaison

Salt Lake City Catholic Diocese

Karen Shepherd

Karen Shepherd

Served TCHR 2013-2018

Former Utah Senator

Ted Wilson

Ted Wilson

Served TCHR 2007-2013

Former Salt Lake City Mayor

Salt Lake City

Last Updated: 10/2/19