Dr. Tea Rozman Clark is the co-founder and Executive Director of a Minneapolis-based nonprofit organization: Green Card Voices. The organization utilizes digital storytelling to share personal narratives of America’s immigrants, establishing a better understanding between the immigrant and non-immigrant population. Their dynamic, video-based platform is designed to empower educational institutions, community groups and individuals alike to acquire first-person perspective about immigrants’ lives, increasing the appreciation of the immigrant experience.
Dr. Rozman Clark was born in the Yugoslav Republic of Slovenia. When she was 15 years old the Republic of Slovenia became an independent country following a Ten-Day-War. She began volunteering in the refugee camps at a very early age and consequently dedicated the past 20 years to improving the lives of refugees and immigrants around the world.
She was awarded numerous scholarships, fellowships and assistantships, which enabled her to study in the United States (University of Wisconsin, New York University) as well as her native Slovenia. Her work experience spans from the United Nations where she worked for the Peacekeeping Department, to rural Ghana where she worked as an arts educator. In 2014, Dr. Rozman Clark received her PhD in Cultural History with a focus on Oral History. Her thesis dealt with a failed UN peacekeeping intervention in Bosnia. She recorded thirty testimonies of Dutch UN peacekeepers and former Srebrenica residents who recalled the events preceding the genocide. This experience made her realize the amazing power in giving a voice to the unheard. It is for that reason she co-founded Green Card Voices in 2013.