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    What We Do

    Our Mission

    The mission of the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights is to “promote respect for human dignity and diversity through education and to foster individual responsibility to work for justice and peace.” The Center achieves this mission by providing educational programs for teachers and students, engaging in community leadership, partnering with business and industry, and advocating for human rights.

    Our Inspiration

    Raised on a farm in Greencreek, Idaho, Bill Wassmuth was a priest at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Coeur d’Alene when in the 1980s he found himself confronted with the misuse of theology for hateful aims by white supremacists settling in northern Idaho. He lived through the bombing of his home and built coalitions to battle the Aryan Nations as chair of the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations. After leaving Coeur d’Alene and the priesthood, marrying and settling in Seattle, Washington, Wassmuth continued his successful activism as director of the Northwest Coalition Against Malicious Harassment. When Wassmuth died in 2002, Governor Kempthorne called him “an early voice for human rights and human dignity in our state.”

    Core Staff

    Executive Director Dr. Prinzing has a BA in History Secondary Education, an MA in Curriculum and Instruction, an MA in History and Government, and a Ph.D. in Educational Administration. Prior to the current position, he was the Idaho State Department of Education’s coordinator of civic...

    Office Manager Debbie has a Bachelor of Science Degree with a Minor in Business and comes to the WCHR having spent 20 years in bookkeeping and accounting. Throughout her career, Debbie has gained valuable experience in fundraising, event planning and working with volunteers. Debbie provides...

    Volunteer Coordinator Jane, a third generation Idahoan, has spent her life in Boise outfitting people to go out to explore their world and then bringing them back together in community. She has the organizational prowess and easy way with people that comes from entrepreneurship (owning...

    Education Program Developer Cynthia joined the WCHR staff in 2009 after dedicating thirty years to public education. The last twenty years of her career were spent at Borah High School (Boise) where she taught American Government with an emphasis on civic engagement and global awareness....

    Board Members

    Chrissy Bowers

    Optum Idaho


    Optum Idaho

    Optum Idaho