Symposium 2018

Join the Pozen Center for our annual Human Rights in Practice Symposium featuring a keynote lecture, presentations by 2017 Human Rights Interns, and a special discussion about human rights careers with Pozen Center alumni, in celebration of our 20th anniversary year

Friday, January 26, 2018
10 a.m.–5 p.m. | Reception to follow 
Regenstein Library, Room 122
1100 East 57th Street, Chicago

Symposium Schedule

1010:30 a.m.  |  Registration and light breakfast.

10:30–11:20 a.m.  |  Welcome and Alumni Panel (Room A)

Welcome by Susan Gzesh, Executive Director of the Pozen Center

Ten Years Later: Careers on the Cutting Edge of Human Rights
Alumni Panel, featuring: Sean Dickson, AB’09 (Pew Charitable Trust), Tsion Gurmu, AB’10 (African Services Committee), Toussaint Losier PhD’14 (University of Massachusetts-Amherst), and Zoe VanGelder, AB’09 (Simone de Beauvoir Leadership Institute).

11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.  |  Panels 1A and 1B

Panel 1A: Human Rights in Chicago (Room A)

Steph Ban | College 2018, History
Access Living
Topics: Organizing, Housing

Julien Cossette | Anthropology PhD
Center for Neighborhood Technology
Topics: Environment, Food/Water, Health, Urbanism

Courtney Hanson | School of Social Service Administration 2018
People for Community Recovery
Topics: Environment, Organizing

Danielle Littman | School of Social Service Administration 2018
Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health
Topics: Arts, Children/Youth, Health, Women/Gender

Nolan Robinson | College 2018, Political Science
Educational Opportunities for Families
Topics: Education, Children/Youth, Race

Panel 1B: Derechos Humanos en América Latina (Room B)

Katie Bart | College 2018, Public Policy Studies
Trans-Border Institute (San Diego)
Topics: Refugees/Migration, Legal/Political, Children/Youth

Alysia Mann Carey | Political Science PhD
Haitian-Dominican Migrant Community Association / International Network for the Defense of Human Rights (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic)
Topics: Women/Gender, Development, Legal/Political, Organizing, Race, Refugees/Migration

Tamar Honig | College 2018, Global Studies
Corporación Humanas Colombia (Bogota, Colombia)
Topics: Women/Gender, Development, Legal/Political, Transitional Justice

Sebastian Otero | College 2018, Anthropology
Primeros Pasos (Quetzaltenango, Guatemala)
Topics: Health, Food/Water, Indigenous/Minority

Becky Smith | School of Social Service Administration 2018
Instituto para las Mujeres en la Migración (Mexico City, Mexico)
Topics: Refugees/Migration, Legal/Political, Organizing, Women/Gender

12:30–1:30 p.m.  |  Lunch

1:30–2:30 p.m.  |  Panels 2A and 2B

Panel 2A: Organizing in the Midwest (Room A)

Elizabeth Dia | College 2018, History
Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (Chicago)
Topics: Refugees/Migration, Legal/Political, Women/Gender

Eric Holmberg | College 2018, History
Take Action Minnesota (St. Paul)
Topics: Organizing, Environment

Stephanie Japczyk | School of Social Service Administration 2018
Alianza Americas (Chicago)
Topics: Refugees/Migration, Health Care

Kenya Senecharles | College 2018, English
Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha (Minneapolis)
Topics: Organizing, Labor

Zoey Twyford | College 2018, Sociology
Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault (St. Paul)
Topics: Trafficking, Legal/Political, Women/Gender

Panel 2B: Citizenship and the Right to Asylum (Room B)

Afreen Ahmed | College 2019, Economics
Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, HIAS (Silver Spring)
Topics: Refugees/Migration, Humanitarian, Legal/Political

Kennedy Green | College 2018, Law, Letters, and Society
Justice Centre Hong Kong (Hong Kong, China)
Topics: Legal/Political, Labor, Refugees/Migration, Trafficking

Anya Martin | College 2018, Global Studies
National Immigrant Justice Center (Chicago)
Topics: Refugees/Migration, Indigenous/Minority, LBGTQ

Shae Omonijo | College 2018, Political Science
Lawyers for Human Rights (Pretoria, South Africa)
Topics: Legal/Political, Indigenous/Minority, Refugees/Migration

Adam Reynolds | College 2018, Economics
National Immigrant Justice Center (Chicago)
Topics: Refugees/Migration, Legal/Political, LBGTQ

2:30–2:45 p.m.  |  Break

2:45–3:45 p.m.  |  Panels 3A and 3B

Panel 3A: Human Rights in New York (Room A)

Daniel Ahn | College 2018, Biological Sciences
The Hastings Center
Topics: Health, Legal/Political, Refugees/Migration

Isabel Bolo | College 2018, Philosophy and Law, Letters, and Society
Correctional Health Services, NYC Health + Hospitals
Topics: Health, Criminal Justice

Irena Ehrlich | College 2018, History
Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS)
Topics: Refugees/Migration, Political, Organizing, Advocacy

Roni Lubofsky | College 2018, Global Studies
New Alternatives for LGBT Homeless Youth
Topics: LGBTQ, Children/Youth, Housing, Homelessness

Soreti Teshome | College 2018, Public Policy Studies and Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies
Brooklyn Defender Services
Topics: Criminal Justice, Race, Youth

Panel 3B: Human Rights from East to West (Room B)

Salma Elkhaoudi | College 2019, Political Science
Lighthouse Relief (Calcis, Greece)
Topics: Refugees/Migration, Children/Youth, Women/Gender

Michelle Gan | College 2018, Public Policy Studies
IBON International (Quezon City, Philippines)
Topics: Development

Tatiana Khemet | College 2018, Linguistics and Psychology
El Parto es Nuestro and Women’s Link (Madrid, Spain)
Topics: Women/Gender, Health, Legal Advocacy, Sexual/Reproductive Rights

Madison Lo | College 2018, Political Science and East Asian Languages and Civilizations
Initiatives for China (Washington, DC)
Topics: Legal/Political, Criminal Justice

Leonie Oostrom | Pritzker School of Medicine 2020
Khora (Athens, Greece)
Topics: Refugees/Migration, Health, Humanitarian, Women/Gender

45 p.m.  |  Keynote

Zoe VanGelder AB’09: Human Rights, Climate Change, and Sustainable Development—New Frontiers and Intersections

5 p.m.  |  Wine and Cheese Reception