People in conversation

Eliza O'Neil, Ed.M.

Photo: Eliza O'Neil

Eliza O'Neil first became involved with Essential Partners as a curriculum-writer for a secondary schools dialogue project, and found an ideological home in EP's work and community. Since then, her work as an Associate has taken her into communities young and old looking to bridge divides in a changing and diversifying world.

Eliza lives in Brooklyn, New York and works for Seeds of Peace, running dialogue and facilitation programs and workshops for young adults across the US and UK, as well as the educators who support them. Prior to moving to New York, 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, law school students, and teenagers. At its core, all of this work has centered around bringing together communities who might otherwise never meet to forge connections and learn from difference.

Eliza has a B.A. from Bates College and an Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her practice combines training from Essential Partners, plus nonviolent communication, mediation, and group counseling.