Dorothee
Benz, Ph.D.


Dorothee Benz (she/her) is a writer, organizer and strategist who has spent decades on the frontlines of social justice struggles in the United States. Professionally, she spent three decades in communications, having served most recently as the communications director at the Center for Constitutional Rights and the chief communications officer at Lambda Legal, after many years of work in the labor movement. In addition, she has been active both as a writer and organizer in the service of numerous movements throughout her career, from the anti-apartheid movement to the immigrant rights movement. Her professional and organizing work are complemented by her scholarly work; she holds a Ph.D. from the City University of New York in political science, with an expertise in social movements. Recognition of Benz’s work includes dozens of labor journalism awards, and she is an effective and sought-after speaker, preacher, teacher and facilitator. Follow her on Twitter @DrBenz3.

Articles by Dorothee

Gender-affirming Care: What It Is and Why It's Necessary

The willingness to learn, the active step of acknowledging and affirming LGBTQ+ students, and empathy in recognizing the difficulties for the young person help create safer spaces for trans and nonbinary children.

Community Organizing Uplifts Immigrant Students

Tapping into their own agency and communities, immigrant students and their families are finding ways to mitigate serious obstacles.

Responding to Children's Bereavement During the COVID-19 Pandemic

With over 200,000 children experiencing the loss of a parent or caregiver during the COVID-19 pandemic, educators are becoming grief counselors.

Going Beyond the Textbook

Teachers are using the textbook—and going beyond it—to change history education from the ground up.
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