UHRI Board Members
Sana Rahim is a People Operations Manager at Freckle Education. Freckle is an education technology startup that developed a differentiation platform that allows teachers to reach every student at their own learning level – fostering a more inclusive classroom experience. As Freckle’s first HR leader, Sana builds the people and culture function – and thinks critically about how to cultivate an environment where employees are happy and able to do their best work. She oversees diversity & inclusion, talent development, and employee relations for Freckle. Sana is also the founder and CEO of Emerge Consulting, a management practice that builds the capacity of leaders and organizations to create more diverse and inclusive environments.
Previously, Sana served as an interfaith ambassador for the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, where she built faith-based community coalitions for social justice projects in Atlanta, GA. After that, she led large teams as a sales and operations manager for five years at McMaster-Carr in Chicago, IL, overseeing employee development and operational performance. After leaving this role, Sana led executive coaching and leadership development at the Price Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at UCLA.
Outside of her professional life, Sana is always looking for opportunities to build bridges by sharing her experiences as a Muslim American woman. Sana was recently selected as a Fellow with the American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute (AMCLI) at USC. At UCLA Anderson, she was selected as a John Wooden Global Leadership Fellow for her work around inclusion and social justice. She also co-founded Intersectional Feminists of LA, a community forum for women to gather and dialogue.
Sana holds an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management and a BA from Northwestern University.
Dr. Jessica Morales-chicas
Dr. Jessica Morales-Chicas earned her Ph.D in Education, with an emphasis in Human Development and Psychology, from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). As an educator for over 10 years, she has taught courses to students in pre-school, middle, high school, and at the university level. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Child and Family Studies at California State University, Los Angeles.
As an educator, she teaches how to effectively work with and advocate for children and youth. Her research uses a developmental lens to examine the role of ethnic diversity and educational equity issues especially in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). Aligned with her research interests, she also spearheads two STEM-related projects serving low-income middle school youth from East Los Angeles. Both projects teach youth how to code, use innovative technologies, develop entrepreneurial skills, and prepare for careers in STEM.
She has also served as senior-researcher for the embRACE LA initiative, which is a racial equity campaign in Los Angeles. Lastly, Dr. Morales-Chicas is also excited to serve as a new board member for Universal Human Rights Initiative (UHRI). To learn more about Dr. Morales-Chicas please see a recent interview feature on Women to Watch via Digit Keeper (a bookkeeping and business blog for Entrepreneurs): http://bit.ly/2vfrTIV.
Dr. Courtney L. Karp, Psy.D.
Dr. Courtney L. Karp, Psy.D. is a licensed Clinical Psychologist, with over two decades of experience, she has worked with children, adolescents and adults across multiple local settings including hospitals, clinics and schools.
She has created a practice, which is currently in Santa Monica, that is strongly committed to understanding the whole person and firmly believes each individual must be understood within a global framework that includes biological, cultural, environmental, psychological, social and spiritual influences. Aside from assisting families through various emotional challenges, she spent many years providing comprehensive Neuropsychological evaluations and advocating for students of all ages in obtaining the necessary support services to maximize their learning experience.
She has served as a clinical supervisor at the Reiss Davis Child Study Center, Cedar Sinai Hospital and at various local alcohol and drug rehabilitation programs. She is an active member of the Carl Jung Institute and has completed several analytic certificate programs at various local institutes.
Michele Bury is a designer and professor. Her recent work as a designer focuses on social justice and human rights in her interactive designs for the Articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. She has created a hands-on participatory experience of the articles, which invites a dynamic dialogue about civic and democratic engagement on human rights.
She is a co-founder of the Participate Collective with Dr. Price and Associate Professor Zenhari, which umbrellas creative projects around the themes of social justice. She co-presented her research at The Humanities in the Community: 2017 Convening of the Western Humanities Alliance at UC Santa Barbara. She co-wrote the published article Visual Narratives and Political Awareness. WESTERN HUMANITIES REVIEW, 72(3), 76-98. Bury, M., Price, V., & Zenhari, E. (2018).
She has worked internationally as a graphic designer since 1992, designing for Roundel Design Group, one of London's top 10 design firms, and in Paris for clients including the Château de Versailles Museum. She has also worked as a digital animator for children's television in Los Angeles. Bury earned an MFA in Animation from the UCLA School of Film.
Committed to social justice-based learning, Bury’s graphic design courses focus on understanding the influence and relevance of graphic design as a tool for social change. Her students have engaged in a number of awareness campaigns on social issues including homelessness, racial discrimination and sexual assault.