Our graduating Master of Human Rights students came together this past weekend (5/17/2021) in a virtual commencement ceremony to celebrate with family and friends and to take note of the many accomplishments of the past two years. We join in honoring this group of skilled, resilient, creative, and tenacious human rights professionals.
Hanna Nussair (MHR '22) is a first year Master of Human Rights student focusing on children's rights and gender in a global context. From January to March, Hanna worked as an intern with the Women’s Human Rights division at The Advocates for Human Rights. Hanna’s work focused on researching how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting girls worldwide. Hanna shared her reflections on her internship in the article below!
Join us in celebrating the achievements of Master of Human Rights Program alum Ben Gronowski (2019)! Having graduated with a concentration in Immigration, Displacement, and Socioeconomic Rights, Ben uses his human rights background in his work as a Research Associate with Providence Health and Services. Here, he evaluates health care and social service programs and systems and provides evidence-based insight into the changes that can be made to make them more accessible and equitable.
Shonni Krengel (MHR ‘22) is a first year Master of Human Rights student studying the intersections of race and gender, especially as it relates to social justice and advocacy. Over the sprint semester, Shonni has been working as research assistant for “Teaching for Action: Exploring Human Rights and Civic Engagement in our Global Communities”, a project through the Institute for Global Studies and is funded in part by The Human Rights Lab and Human Rights Initiative. She recently shared her experiences with us.
Dr. Leigh Payne of Oxford University is a Senior Research Fellow with the Human Rights Program. She has dedicated herself to the study of human rights in the context of transitional justice. Currently partnering with HRP Director Barbara Frey as part of an international research team, the Observatory on Disappearances and Impunity in Mexico, Dr. Payne continues to bring attention to and examine human rights in Latin America.
This spring the Human Rights Program will be publishing a comprehensive web-based report and database discussing the UMN-based team's component of the project. Leading up to the report release, this three part series will share three blog posts by key members of the Observatory team. This final blog installment by Leigh Payne covers the four logics of disappearance.
Undergraduate student Maria Larson discusses how the murder of George Floyd by former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has shifted discussions of police brutality on both the national and international stage.