UHRI Team Members

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Dr. Noah Bardach

Dr. Noah Bardach (CTO and co-founder, pronouns he/him) is a software executive, UI/UX expert and human rights advocate. He holds a PhD in Art History, with a focus on political art and propaganda theory. Noah has worked in diverse fields, from leading an organic agriculture project in Southern Mexico to serving as an expert in the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress. Together with CEO Hope Farley, Noah co-founded UHRI in 2016.

 
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Rebecca Cannara

Rebecca Cannara (Executive Director, pronouns she/her) has worked in social work and education for the past 20 years. She has served youth and families experiencing homelessness, developed a cooperative preschool, and produced online curriculum for middle school and high school level mathematics courses. She is a trained mediator and domestic violence counselor and has a master’s in Education from UCLA, where she conducted research on providing intergroup dialogue as part of the professional training of pre-service educators. She received her training in the University of Michigan model of intergroup dialogue at UCLA.

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Hope Rieser Farley

Hope Rieser Farley (Co-founder and President of the Board, pronouns she/her) is a producer and screenwriter with a background in human rights and refugee rights. She has worked with Tibetan and Somali refugee communities, and for human rights defender Mandira Sharma, in Nepal. Hope believes in the power of storytelling for social change. Across mediums, her projects aim to promote tolerance and social justice.

 
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Manpreet Dhillon Brar

Manpreet Dhillon Brar (Leadership Team, pronouns she/her) is a doctoral candidate at UCLA in Human Development and Psychology, within the school of Education. She has published and presented her work on dialogue, societal “isms” and immigration at various national conferences. She has completed training for intergroup dialogue at the University of Michigan and at UCLA and has facilitated classes on race and gender at UCLA. Manpreet is also a lecturer at CSUN and CSULA, and works as a diversity and inclusion consultant with various organizations. She plans to continue her work with race, gender and other isms in order to promote inclusion and acceptance within schools and community settings.

 
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Francine Ortega

Francine Ortega, LCSW, (Dialogue Team, pronouns she/her) is a licensed clinical social worker with a passion for social justice. She is a bilingual Latina raised in Southern California who is committed to serving the Latinx community. For the past twenty years, Francine has worked in a variety of mental health settings with children, youth and families, including therapeutic nursery school, school-based counseling, outpatient community mental health, and early childhood mental health consultation. She sees her mental health work with clients and communities as avenues for both healing and empowerment. For Francine, facilitating intergroup dialogue is an exciting extension of her clinical work, as it seeks to promote individual and system growth and change using the powerful tools of communication and reflection.