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Holly Bell

Utah State Board of Education
Student and Family Rights Specialist
Holly Bell (She/They) is the Student and Family Rights Specialist for the Utah State Board of Education. She is a passionate advocate for educational equity. She was a school counselor for 8 years and the Jordan School District secondary school counselor specialist for 2 years prior to moving into her position at the Utah State Board of Education. Now she assists schools and districts in Utah in meeting the federal and state regulations that protect the constitutional and civil rights of students and families. She also serves on the Utah Youth and Young Adult Suicide Prevention Workgroup and LGBTQ+ Suicide Prevention Workgroup. Her number one priority is to ensure each student in Utah has access to high-quality education in a safe and inclusive environment.

When she isn’t at work she likes to spend time with her family typically playing games and watching anime and Survivor. She enjoys playing her electric bass, running and hiking with her dogs and friends, reading inclusive children’s books, and practicing her very basic Spanish skills. She is about to embark on her journey to earn her doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy at the University of Utah.