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Characters Unite Award Winners

Carla Kelley

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SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND FOUNDER, HUMAN RIGHTS EDUCATION CENTER

Carla Kelley is the Executive Director and Founder of the Human Rights Education Center of Utah (HREC), a nonprofit organization that has been combating prejudice and promoting tolerance in Salt Lake City for nearly 15 years.

Carla, who is the mother of three, including an openly gay son and grandson, and has been a foster mother to several teens, has seen first-hand the impact of homophobia, racism and bullying. After her last child left home, she was inspired to finish her degree, and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Integral Studies with a focus on anti-bias education and peace building in communities from the California Institute of Integral Learning in San Francisco.

Carla was compelled to establish HREC in 1999, following the brutal deaths of Matthew Shepard in Wyoming and James Byrd Jr. in Jasper Texas, which shared a common thread of intolerance and hatred, the organization provides educational programs and resources that address bias, bullying and discrimination in Utah. Through the HREC’s trainings, an anti-bullying curriculum and specialized classes in secondary schools, as well as other initiatives, more than 30,000 people have been reached since its inception.

Carla is tireless in her effort to advance equality through education, advocacy and dialogue.