Richard Brown

Guatemala Instructor

B.A. Anthropology, Columbia University

Rich has worked for five years with independent media and social movements in Guatemala as an editor, reporter, and translator. He also leads Dragons summer programs to introduce American students to inspiring Guatemalan communities. In Guatemala, he founded the website of EntreMundos Magazine, a bilingual human rights and development publication, gathering stories from grassroots groups, academic experts, and public figures to cover issues like migration, climate change, food security, and the criminalization of social movements. He brings these stories to US classrooms in speaking tours about immigration.

Rich grew up (mostly) in Virginia and has traveled widely in the US and abroad. He was born in South Africa and has lived in Belgium, France, Estonia, Egypt, and Guatemala. After graduating from college, Rich worked with retired miners Appalachia, Virginia organizing against mountaintop removal coal mining, and with sustainable construction initiatives in the Southwest.

He loves the challenges of working across cultures because they teach him something new every day. His happy place is floating down a river, admiring birds, tracks, and trees. Guatemala taught him that gratitude is the heart of happiness.