- Senior Fellow
Kristi Rudelius-Palmer is a Human Rights Education Senior Fellow at the Institute on Community Integration (ICI) in the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) at the University of Minnesota. She is also pursuing her Ph.D. in the Leadership for Intercultural and International Education Program in CEHD. She is working to integrate her human rights education research, publications, online training tools, course development, and community networks into the ICI and CEHD work. She also collaborates with human rights advocates, educators, and young people to create innovative programs and models of human rights teaching, dialogue, civic engagement, and reflection in classrooms and communities throughout Minnesota, the United States, and globally. In addition, Ms. Rudelius-Palmer continues to direct the Human Rights Education Resource Center and is a human rights education consultant.
Ms. Rudelius-Palmer has coordinated and edited the Human Rights Education Series, published by the Human Rights Education Resource Center, and written articles on human rights education and training. In addition to teaching courses on human rights education, rule of law, and leadership at universities, primary and secondary schools, and community-education settings, Ms. Rudelius-Palmer presents at numerous international, national, regional, and local conferences. She received the first Edward O'Brien Award for Human Rights Education from Human Rights Educators USA in 2015 and was awarded the University of Minnesota Outstanding Community Service Award in 2003.
Ms. Rudelius-Palmer served as Co-Director of the University of Minnesota Human Rights Center from 1989-2016, and as an Adjunct Professor of Law and director of the Humphrey Fellowship Program at the University of Minnesota Law School from 2003-2016. Ms. Rudelius-Palmer earned her B.A. in economics and French from Lawrence University and her M.A. in education policy and administration with a focus on comparative international development education from the University of Minnesota. She has specialized in the field of human rights education and training since 1986.