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UMN PhD Appointed UN Representative for the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Political science PhD alum Dr. Sheryl Lightfoot was recently appointed as the North American Representative on the United Nations Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Her vision is for the rights of Indigenous peoples to “become as common sense and taken for granted as other human rights are so that it would be unthinkable to violate them.”
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University of Minnesota Professor Tanisha Fazal named 2021 Andrew Carnegie Fellow

University of Minnesota Political Science Professor Tanisha Fazal has been named a 2021 Andrew Carnegie Fellow. The Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program’s goal is to support scholarly research in the humanities and social sciences that addresses important and enduring issues confronting society. Fazal is one of 26 fellows selected this year out of 311 people nominated.
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University of Minnesota graduate awarded international scholarship to study in China

A December 2020 Honors graduate, Lilli Ambort began studying Chinese in high school and completed a minor in the language at the University of Minnesota and her BA In Global Studies. As a Yenching Scholar, she will join a cohort of 90 students from 37 countries and 27 Chinese students to complete a Master’s Degree in China Studies with a concentration in Law and Society.