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Dr. Joanne Marien




Dr. Joanne Marien, a beloved adviser to the Open Roads educational approach, has played a long-standing role in promoting human rights education in K-12 schools. As a career educator, curriculum development specialist, and most recently, Superintendent of schools in Somers, New York, she has led groundbreaking initiatives that center human rights awareness and social action as the focal points of district-wide curricula.

Marien holds three advanced degrees, including a professional diploma from Fordham University and a doctorate from Columbia University. She has taught numerous professional and graduate- level courses, ranging from curriculum development and pedagogy to educational leadership. Currently, she is a clinical professor of doctoral studies in educational leadership at Manhattanville College New York.

For the past two decades, she’s proud to have lent her expertise and support to the refinement and expansion of the RFK Center's Speak Truth to Power educational program. She has also served as lead author of the Robert Kennedy Education Project, and is a key leader of Open Roads' Changemakers Program for the Ossining Public School District.

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