Lisa Albrecht

 Experience using Circles in many fields /

Lisa Albrecht is activist educator and writer. She is Emeritus Associate Professor in the School of Social Work of the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota, where she co-founded and directed an undergraduate program in Social Justice. Previously, she taught writing in the General College of the University of Minnesota for 19 years. She is the recipient of the University of Minnesota’s Outstanding Community Service Award, the Josie Johnson Human Rights and Social Justice Award, and the Morse-Minnesota Alumni Association Distinguished Teaching Award.

She co-edited (with Jacqui Alexander, Sharon Day and Mab Segrest) Sing, Whisper, Shout, Pray!: Feminist Visions for a Just World (2003), and co-edited (with Rose Brewer) Bridges of Power: Women’s Multicultural Alliances (1990), and co-authored (with Rose Brewer & Walda Katz-Fishman), The Critical Classroom: Education for Liberation and Movement Building (2007). She is currently working on two writing projects: Beacons in the Storm: White Educator Activists Working for Racial Justice, and a memoir, Lessons of My Life.

Lisa served for ten years on the Board of Directors of Project South: Institute for the Elimination of Poverty and Genocide, a national movement building organization based in Atlanta. After Hurricane Katrina, she worked with the Gulf South Youth Action Corps in New Orleans where she was a consultant for a service learning summer program for middle school youth, taught by college students. She was on the board of Minneapolis-based Women Against Military Madness (WAMM), one of the oldest feminist anti-militarist non-profits in the US. She also served on the board of Minnesota Education Equity Partnership (MnEEP, formerly MN Minority Education Partnership); its mission is to advance racial equity and excellence by using a race equity lens to transform educational institutions, organizations, and leaders to ensure that students of color and American Indian students achieve full academic and leadership success. She was also a member of the founding Leadership Team of SURJ: Showing Up for Racial Justice, a national network of white people working for racial justice, as well as the SURJ Minnesota founding team. She is a trained Circle-Keeper, someone who can help facilitate difficult dialogues, using the Circle process.

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