Joseph Sebarenzi


PhD, National University of Ireland
MA, SIT Graduate Institute
BS, University of Lubumbashi

Joseph Sebarenzi

Joseph Sebarenzi earned a doctorate in international human rights law from the National University of Ireland, a master’s degree in international and intercultural management from SIT Graduate Institute, and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Lubumbashi in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He holds an honorary doctorate in law from Marlboro College (Vermont, US).

Dr. Sebarenzi has taught in the CONTACT program since 2003. He also works for the US government on human rights issues. He has spoken about reconciliation, forgiveness, and conflict management at colleges, universities, high schools, and at events throughout the United States. He has been a guest on many radio and television stations including NPR, BBC, CNN, Al Jazeera, and Voice of America. A survivor of the genocide in Rwanda, Dr. Sebarenzi served as speaker of the Rwandan Parliament (1997–2000) and is a vocal advocate for peace, democracy, and human rights.
In his book God Sleeps in Rwanda: A Journey of Transformation Dr. Sebarenzi shares his personal story; practical insights on how to resolve and prevent conflicts; and wisdom on why individuals should remain positive and kind despite hardship and tragedy. Joseph Sebarenzi maintains that no suffering should derail us from who we are. 

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