Kingsborough Community College Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs & Associate Provost Dr. Reza Fakhari was recently elected by the Board of Directors of Amnesty International USA (AIUSA) as its Vice Chairman, following his election as a new member of the Board in a national election by AIUSA members in June.
As the Vice Chair of the Board, Dr. Fakhari chairs the Governance and Personnel Committees and is responsible for evaluating the performance of the Executive Director of AIUSA.
“Dr. Fakhari’s election as the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of Amnesty International USA validates his life-long commitment to protecting and defending human rights around the globe,” said Amnesty International USA Board Chair Ann Burroughs. “He brings deep experience as a leader and visionary to his role and to AIUSA more broadly. It is a privilege to have him as a trusted colleague and key thought partner.”
“Our life’s purpose is to help others; and Amnesty International is at the forefront of a movement devoted to fighting for basic and equal human rights globally,” said KCC President Herzek. “Dr. Fakhari’s election as Board Vice-Chair brings this work close to home for us at KCC where many of our students come from places where human rights issues are of concern. Dr. Fakhari’s work as a scholar, educator, and his commitment as a human rights activist helps to underscore the responsibility of helping others, and we are honored to celebrate his election to the Amnesty International USA Board.”
Dr. Fakhari has had a long-standing and passionate commitment to promoting human rights globally, which began in his years as a dissident in Iran where he was arrested under the Shah’s regime for possessing testimonies of political prisoners and banned books. Since becoming a higher education practitioner in the U.S., he has intensified his dedication by conceiving and successfully implementing civic and global engagement programs at colleges, lecturing and writing about the imperative of global citizenship, and serving on the boards of national organizations devoted to human, civil, and democratic rights.
“Dr. Fakhari is among our valued faculty here at Kingsborough Community College,” said KCC Provost Dr. Stuart Suss. “His human rights work has always been grounded in his own experiences and his willingness to share those experiences with others. We are proud that the Amnesty International Board has recognized his significant work and contributions, and have elected him as Board Vice-Chair.”
As the Chairman of the Board of the Student World Assembly, and working with the leadership team since 2004, Dr. Fakhari has organized members globally at the chapter/school level for various campaigns and causes, global and/or local in dimension. He also serves on the National Steering committees of The Democracy Commitment. Dr. Fakhari intends to contribute to AIUSA’s strategic goal of aggressive outreach to educational institutions, educators, and students to build an energized, empowered and engaged base of young members.
“Having lived under the Shah’s dictatorship in Iran for the first 19 years of my life, I know fear and repression first-hand,” said Dr. Fakhari. “I am honored to have been elected as the Vice Chair of the U.S. Board of a human rights organization that has worked hard for the past 53 years to protect people wherever freedom, dignity, justice, and truth are denied.”
About Dr. Reza Fakhari
Dr. Fakhari received his Ph.D., with Honors, in international Relations from the New School for Social Research and his B.A. in Chemistry/Sociology from Winona State University in Winona, Minnesota. Before joining Kingsborough in August 2005, he was a professor and Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs at LaGuardia Community College. During his tenure at LaGuardia Community College, he established an Amnesty International chapter which hosted the AIUSA Conference, “Teach Truth to Power,” attended by educators in the tri-state area.
Dr. Fakhari has taught International Politics at Fordham University since 1985, and was awarded the Bene Merenti Medal for Excellence in Teaching at Fordham in 2008. He has also taught at Vassar College, International Pacific College in New Zealand, and has been a visiting faculty at Salzburg Global Seminar in Salzburg, Austria. Dr. Fakhari received the Distinguished College Administrator Award from Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society in 2013. He is on the Editorial Advisory Board of Liberal Education, the flagship journal of the Association of American Colleges and Universities.
About Amnesty International
Amnesty International is the preeminent, Nobel Peace Prize-winning grassroots activist organization with more than 3 million members in more than 150 countries campaigning for human rights worldwide. Amnesty International USA is the largest country section of the organization with nearly 300,000 members.
About Kingsborough Community College
Kingsborough Community College serves approximately 15,000 students a year in credit and non-credit bearing courses in liberal arts and career education, and was ranked #4 in the nation among Top Community Colleges in 2013. Brooklyn’s only community college, Kingsborough is located on a 70-acre campus in Manhattan Beach, and is a comprehensive community college providing both liberal arts and career education. KCC is dedicated to promoting student learning and development as well as strengthening and serving its diverse community.
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