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Member Spotlight: Pritha Hariharan

Posted By IRC, Thursday, July 30, 2020

Pritha Hariharan was born in India and has now lived in the United States for 23 years, where she now calls Kansas City home. Pritha joined the IRC in September 2017 and has attended several events as a member and has presented as a discussion leader for a Lexicon: Bite-size Language Intros event, in which she taught Hindi.

She has worked for Unbound for five years, where she has the pleasure of serving as the international program director for Asia and Africa, and previously the regional director for Asia. Pritha’s favorite part about her job is the opportunity to get to work with different cultures, getting to travel, and being able to make an impact in the world. She says it is rewarding to know that her work is helping others in the world; even if it is a “small role in the reduction of poverty, it is important to be a part of the change.”

Unbound works with 19 countries and focuses their work on children and elderly living in extreme poverty. Pritha and her team are able to help members of a community by providing sponsorships and grants to areas that could use the money to better their environments. In providing grants to these communities, they are given new opportunities and a chance at bettering  living conditions to create a healthier and more supportive atmosphere. 

Before the pandemic, Pritha and her colleagues at Unbound had the ability to travel and visit staff and families overseas. With travel restrictions and safety in mind, they have been focusing on new ways to maintain contact with those they are helping and look forward to developing other ways of staying in touch. In the meantime, if you would like to learn more about Pritha and Unbound’s work, check out their website at Unbound.org and learn about potential sponsorships under the “Sponsor” tab. 

At the IRC, we are glad to have Pritha as a member as she shares her unique experiences and perspectives with the community.


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Member Spotlight: Letitia Harmon

Posted By IRC, Monday, May 4, 2020
Updated: Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Letitia Harmon has been a member of the IRC since 2014 and has served as a conversation leader for the IRC’s News & Views program series.

 

Letitia’s academic career began at University of Washington in Seattle where she studied International Relations. Since then, from Kuwait, where she worked to address penal code reform to support women, to education programs in a refugee camp in Kenya and work in India and Nepal, Letitia has supported human rights efforts around the world.

 

Letitia has been generous with her time in a volunteer capacity, as well. Besides contributing to the International Relations Council, Letitia has been especially moved by the challenges facing refugees, including individuals arriving in Kansas City. She highlights the value of organizations such as KC for Refugees and underscores the importance of educational opportunities and quality-of-life issues in working with diverse populations.

 

Though her current work at Johnson County Community College does not take her overseas, Letitia appreciates the opportunity the IRC offers to stay engaged in the big picture. She mentions the IRC's 2016 visit of Ambassador Dina Kuwar, Permanent Representative of Jordan to the United Nations, and the 2018 visit of Sarah Margon, then-Washington director for Human Rights Watch, as two IRC programs she found particularly interesting.

 

We value Letitia's involvement with the International Relations Council and appreciate the international perspective she offers.

 

The IRC spotlights our members and their diverse work and interests in member spotlights. For more information about becoming a member of the IRC, please visit our website, and let us know if you know an IRC member who should be spotlighted.

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