Dodd Human Rights Impact

Teams - Glenn Mitoma Glenn Mitoma, Director | 860.486.5186
Glenn Mitoma is Director of Dodd Human Rights Impact and an Assistant Professor of Human Rights and Education, jointly appointed with the Human Rights Institute and the Neag School of Education Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Glenn’s scholarship has focused on the history of human rights and human rights education. His first book, Human Rights and the Negotiation of American Power, was published in 2013 by the University of Pennsylvania Press. As Director of Dodd Human Rights Impact, he oversees programs designed to promote a culture of human rights, including initiatives in K-12 human rights education and business and human rights.
Nana Amos, Program Manager | 860.486.3054
Nana has worked in numerous capacities ranging from international program development and management, academic support, student leadership and engagement, planning and budgeting. In addition, Nana is currently an ICD Fellow for the 2020-2021 academic year, working on the project Participatory Budgeting at UConn. The aim of the project is to design a participatory budget (PB) initiative at the UConn Hartford Campus for implementation for next year, in collaboration with Hartford’s PB initiative, Hartford Decide$.
Neda Izadi, Program Specialist | 860.486.5131
Neda Izadi received her B.F.A of puppetry from the University of Sooreh, Tehran in 2010.  Born in Tehran, Iran, Neda moved to the United States to study puppetry in the department of Fine Arts at the University of Connecticut in 2017.  She graduated with an M.F.A in Drama with a focus on Puppetry in 2020. She began working with Dodd Impact in July 2020 on human rights educational workshops for high school teachers and students.
ICD - Elnara Klicheva Elnara Klicheva, Graduate Assistant | 860.486.5131
Elnara Klicheva is a Graduate Assistant with Dodd Human Rights Impact where she provides administrative and programmatic support to the Director’s Office. Elnara is from Central Asia, Uzbekistan, and holds a BA in Jurisprudence from Karakalpak State University, Uzbekistan. She recently graduated from the University of Connecticut with a master’s degree in International Studies and a Graduate Certificate in Human Rights. She is a graduate student at the School of Social Work. In addition to working with Dodd Impact, Elnara also provides pro bono legal assistance to low-income women in Uzbekistan.

Democracy and Dialogue Initiative

Teams - Brendan Kane Brendan Kane, Democracy and Dialogue Initiative Program Director | 860.486.3224
Brendan Kane is Associate Professor of History and of Literatures, Cultures and Languages at UConn and he is founding co-director of the Encounters Series, a program for public dialogue that links scholarly research with community concerns, and the founding and current Director of UConn’s Democracy and Dialogues Initiative. The foundational intellectual motivation guiding his work in the archive, the classroom and the public concerns the ways that people recognize and negotiate difference. As a research focus, that interest manifests in comparative study of early modern Ireland and England, with particular attention to colonialism and encounter. Brendan currently serves as the Faculty Director of the Human Rights and Action Learning Community.
Teams - Erica MacDonald Erica MacDonald, Graduate Assistant | 860.486.5131
Erica MacDonald is a PhD candidate in the department of Political Science at the University of Connecticut and the Graduate Assistant for the Democracy and Dialogue Initiative for the 2020-2021 academic year. She participated as a 2019-2020 ICD Fellow, working with Glenn Mitoma and Rachel Jackson, to examine the potential utility of dialogue in human rights education. Previously, she served as the Graduate Assistant for the Dodd Human Rights Impact’s Business and Human Rights Initiative and for UConn’s Human Rights Institute. She holds a BA in International Relations from Connecticut College and a MA in Human Rights Studies from Columbia University.

Business and Human Rights

Stephen Park, Business and Human Rights Initiative Program Director | 860.486.5742
Stephen Park is an Associate Professor of Business Law and the Satell Fellow in Corporate Social Responsibility at the University of Connecticut School of Business. His research is in the areas of international financial regulation, international trade law, corporate social responsibility and accountability, and corporate compliance. His current work primarily focuses on sustainability, corporate social responsibility, and human rights in the global financial markets, including in the context of sovereign debt, sustainable finance and ESG investing, and corporate environmental and social reporting.

Dodd Human Rights Impact Fellows

Mishy Lesser, Ed.D., Dodd Human Rights Impact Education Fellow | 860.486.5131
Mishy Lesser is an Emmy® award-winning researcher and the learning director for the Upstander Project and Education Fellow at Dodd Human Rights Impact at the University of Connecticut. She is co-director of the Upstander Academy, a weeklong professional learning experience for teachers and museum educators that focuses on genocide, decolonization, and developing the skills of upstanders. Currently Dr. Lesser spends much of her time researching and writing the Teacher’s Guide for Bounty. Mishy authored the twelve-lesson Dawnland Teacher’s Guide to help students explore the relationship between the taking of the land and the taking of the children, as well as authoring the four-lesson Coexist Teacher’s Guide to promote learning about the complexity of reconciliation in post-genocide Rwanda. She is a Circle Keeper and has been featured on WBUR (Boston) and PRI/BBC’s The World. Mishy was a Fulbright Scholar in Ecuador and spent 12 years learning and working in the Andes.
Jacob Skrzypiec, Dodd Human Rights Impact Education Fellow | 860.486.5131
Jake Skrzypiec is a social studies educator in Manchester, CT. He developed Manchester High School’s Human Rights class, a required course for all students, and is an Early College Experience instructor through the University of Connecticut. His work and partnership with the Dodd Human Rights Impact has been centered around elevating youth voice and activism through human rights education. Through this work, Jake has fostered collaborative projects and partnerships between state educators, community leaders and young people.  Additionally, Jake serves as one of the Connecticut Regional Representatives for HRE-USA, and is on the steering team of the CT Human Rights Partnership.  He also enjoys hiking, biking and any coffee you put before him.  Jake is honored to serve within the talented ranks of many educators & advocates, and aims to help teachers and youth, particular in the northeast, deepen their practice while advancing human rights education as a national call to action.