ALBANY, N.Y., June 26, 2012 - New York State United Teachers President Richard C. Iannuzzi has been named to the Board of Directors of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, one of the world's foremost human rights organizations.
In announcing his appointment, RFK Center President Kerry Kennedy cited Iannuzzi's leadership on social justice issues at the state and national levels, where he serves as vice president of both the American Federation of Teachers and the New York State AFL-CIO. She also recognized NYSUT's commitment to developing a human rights curriculum for students in New York and around the world.
"Our human rights school curriculum, Speak Truth To Power, could not have found a better partner than Dick and NYSUT. He understands the role Speak Truth To Power plays in empowering youth in this country and around the world, and we're honored to add his unique perspective and insight to our talented board," Kennedy said.
Iannuzzi, a leading voice in the labor movement, joins an international board comprised of renowned human rights advocates and business and non-profit leaders.
"I am deeply honored to be able to help advance Robert F. Kennedy's unfinished work as a board member of the center that bears his name," Iannuzzi said. "NYSUT's dedication to the cause of social justice is extended and enhanced through our partnership with the RFK Center."
That partnership created the Speak Truth to Power curriculum aligned with New York state standards and a video competition to encourage students to learn about defenders of human rights.
Also named to the board were: Larry Cox, renowned human rights advocate; Terry Mazany, president and CEO of the Chicago Community Trust; John Rogers, CEO and founder of Ariel Investments; and Alan Buerger, CEO of Coventry.
NYSUT, the state's largest union, represents more than 600,000 teachers, school-related professionals, academic and professional faculty in higher education, professionals in education and health care and retirees. NYSUT is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers, National Education Association and the AFL-CIO.