Eliza O’Neil

Co-Director, United States Programs

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Eliza first joined the Seeds of Peace community in 2017 as a dialogue facilitator for the South Asia program and US program, and began working full-time in the New York City office managing US/UK Programs in 2018.

Before working at Seeds of Peace, Eliza taught at experiential semester schools in Maine and Colorado, led wilderness and cultural immersion trips around the world for high schoolers, developed leadership and social-emotional learning resources for educators across the US, and led dialogue and mediation trainings for teachers and law school students. She is a certified field instructor for the National Outdoor Leadership School, trained in adolescent counseling from the Stanley King Counseling Institute, along with Nonviolent Communication and mediation.

Eliza has a B.A. from Bates College and an Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her work and studies focus on the teaching and practice of dialogue and civic engagement in both traditional and non-traditional educational settings. Eliza is passionate about giving young adults the agency and tools to integrate dialogue practices into their lives, and she has 10 years of experience teaching, mentoring, and guiding adolescents from all backgrounds both in and out of the classroom.

“I am always blown away by the compassion, honesty, and courage shown by young adults when they are given a space to speak and be heard. At Camp, Seeds have the chance to live in a community that challenges the oppressive structures and biases that govern many of their experiences back home, and to openly engage with peers who are eager to learn about and understand one another. I can’t think of a better way to grow a more peaceful and compassionate future.”