University of Minnesota
Lisa Albrecht, an activist educator and writer, is Associate Professor in the School of Social Work of the University of Minnesota, where she directs an undergraduate program in Social Justice. Previously, she taught writing in the General College of the University of Minnesota for 19 years. She is the recipient of the University of Minnesota's Outstanding Community Service Award and Josie Johnson Human Rights and Social Justice Award.
She co-edited (with Jacqui Alexander, Sharon Day and Mab Segrest) Sing, Whisper, Shout, Pray!: Feminist Visions for a Just World (2003), and co-edited (with Rose Brewer) Bridges of Power: Women's Multicultural Alliances (1990), and co-authored (with Rose Brewer & Walda Katz-Fishman),The Critical Classroom: Education for Liberation and Movement Building (2007). She is currently working on a collection of interviews, Beacons in the Storm: White Educator Activists Working for Racial Justice.
She recently retired (after 10 years) from the Board of Directors of Project South: Institute for the Elimination of Poverty and Genocide, a national movement building organization based in Atlanta. She has worked with the Gulfsouth Youth Action Corps in New Orleans where she was a consultant for a service learning summer program for middle school youth, taught by college students. She is currently on the board of Minneapolis-based Women Against Military Madness (WAMM), one of the oldest feminist anti-militarist non-profits in the US. She also serves on the board of Minnesota Minority Education Partnership; its mission is to increase the success of students of color in Minnesota schools, colleges and universities. She has also become a Circle-Keeper, someone who can help facilitate difficult dialogues, using the Circle process.
She was a member of the Minneapolis Commission on Civil Rights for twelve years, and was its Chair from 1997-1999. She writes and speaks about feminist alliance politics, especially linking the fight to end racism with working for economic justice, and ending homophobia and anti-semitism. She has developed and facilitated over a hundred university workshops on feminist and multicultural curriculum transformation and pedagogies. She has also facilitated hundreds of discussions and given talks in communities all over the state of Minnesota about human rights and social justice. As an American Jew who identifies as anti-zionist, she has been active in Middle East politics. She has traveled to Israel and the Palestinian occupied territories and worked with grassroots activists, both Arab and Jew.
In her spare time, she swims, gardens, enjoys watching Minnesota Twins baseball, and has been occasionally seen playing percussion and in a women's Klezmer band (Eastern European Jewish music). She lives very happily in South Minneapolis with her partner of seventeen years, Patricia Rouse, and their two cats. For links with more information and recent publicity, please see: