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.


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