On January 2, 2019, Becky Monroe became the second Director of the Divided Community Project. Ms. Monroe succeeds the Project’s inaugural director, Grande Lum. Like Mr. Lum, Ms. Monroe comes to the Project with a depth of experience supporting communities in conflict, having served as Counsel and as Interim Director of the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Community Relations Service, with the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division, as a Senior Policy Advisor to the White House Domestic Policy Council, and – most recently – as the Director of the Stop Hate Project at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.
Ms. Monroe has extensive experience working with advocates, community leaders, and law enforcement. With the Stop Hate Project Ms. Monroe led innovative legal and advocacy partnerships to support communities in the face of hate, connected thousands of communities across the country, and developed and implemented a collaborative training initiative for law enforcement leaders. While at the Community Relations Service, she led an agency with ten regional offices and four field offices in implementation of expanded statutory mandate empowering an unprecedented number of communities to prevent and more effectively respond to violent hate crimes. She worked with law enforcement and local government officials, community leaders, and federal agencies to support those leaders in addressing tension associated with allegations of discrimination on the basis of race, color, and national origin, and helping communities develop the capacity to more effectively prevent and respond to violent hate crimes committed on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, or disability.
A graduate of Yale Law School, Ms. Monroe also was a federal appellate law clerk and practiced with a law firm before entering government service. Concurrent to her work with DCP, Ms. Monroe will serve The Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law as a Distinguished Practitioner in Residence and Adjunct Professor where she will teach two classes related to the work of the Project.
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Formally established in March 2016 at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law thanks to significant support from the JAMS Foundation, the Divided Community Project supports communities seeking to transform division into forward-looking action. The Project partners with the Kettering Foundation, and additional support from the Jacques M. Littlefield Foundation, and the AAA-ICDR Foundation.