The students in Barbara Frey’s human rights internship class in spring 2020 are turning their attention to the human rights impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on vulnerable groups in the world today. Here are some updates from the second installment of our Student Corner blog.
Read the second installment of our Student Corner blog, an initiative of the undergraduate students in Barbara Frey’s human rights internship class in spring 2020 who are turning their attention to the human rights impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on vulnerable groups in the world today.
Audel Shokohzadeh is a Master of Public Policy Alumnus ('17) who graduated with a concentration in Economic Development. Audel also has a deep interest in human rights, and took a variety of human rights courses throughout his masters degree. Currently, Audel works as a Community Engagement Director at the Minnesota Department of Human Rights. We caught up with Audel to hear about his role, and how his human rights focus at the Humphrey School helped prepare him for this work.
The students in Barbara Frey’s human rights internship class in spring 2020 are turning their attention to the human rights impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on vulnerable groups in the world today. Here are some updates from the first installment of our Student Corner blog.
A diverse group of University of Minnesota faculty and students spent a week at the United Nations, attending the Human Rights Council and leading meetings to advance their work on a variety of human rights projects.
A delegation of University of Minnesota faculty, researchers, students and alumni will be participating in a variety of research and outreach events at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva during the week of March 2-6, 2020. The week culminates with a public discussion by the Human Rights Lab on research ethics in faculty-student-practitioner partnerships. The visit coincides with two important sessions of the Human Rights Council and the Human Rights Committee.
This project is a Strategic Partnership facilitated through The Human Rights Lab. It examines whether and how public education functions as an arena for reparative justice in societies with a history of foundational violence perpetrated against its Indigenous population. George Dablo, a PhD Student working on the project, recently gave us an update into how the research is moving forward.
Hannah Shireman is a second year Master of Human Rights student. This past summer, she worked as a Research, Education, and Advocacy Intern at The Advocates for Human Rights, working on to combat local labor trafficking. Hannah wrote about her experience here.
The Human Rights Initiative (HRI) is excited to announce our 2020 grantees! This year's funds have been awarded to the following four faculty-led interdisciplinary human rights research projects that will be implemented over the course of the next calendar year.
Karen Chonofsky is a second-year Masters of Human Rights Student. This past summer, she interned with Vital Voices, an international organization that works towards the empowerment of women around the world. Karen reflected back on this experience in the write-up.
Christopher Levesque is a graduate student working on the Immigration Court Observation Project, led by Linus Chan (Law) and Dr. Jack DeWaard (Sociology), which received a Human Rights Initiative grant. He is completing his PhD in Sociology with a focus on immigrant and refugee health. We sat down with him to discuss his research and work on the Immigration Court Observation Project.
Undergrad student Mahad Omar received a Grand Challenges UROP to work with Professor Cosette Creamer and her research team on a project to better understand the content, reach, and effectiveness of efforts to increase worldwide exposure of arms carriers to International Humanitarian Law training programs.
Tonje Boerresen is second-year MHR student from Norway with a background in law. This summer she interned with the Center for Victims of Torture in St. Paul. Working with their New Tactics Team, Tonje helped develop unique resources for advocates and activists within human rights designed to help them work on their own issues from their specific regions. Read Tonje's reflection on this fascinating work and how working with a large nonprofit organization such as CVT will help guide her in her professional career path.
Raven Ziegler is a second-year Masters of Human Rights Student. This summer she worked as a tactical intern at Amnesty International USA in Washington D.C., conducting legislative and policy research on immigration in the United States, and helping to develop and edit several of AI's campaigns, initiatives and reports. Raven shared some of her relections on the experience in the write-up below.
Ian Allen is a University of Minnesota Alumni who minored in Human Rights. He also worked at the Human Rights Program. Currently Ian is pursuing a PhD in Comparative and International Development Education and working at the College of Veterinary Medicine on a project called the One Health Workforce (OHW). In this interview, Ian tells us about his PhD track, and discusses how his studies in human rights applies to his current work.