Advocacy Fellow-in-Residence

Human rights advocates from around the world come to campus for a week in the spring.  They attend classes; deliver a lecture; and meet with students, faculty, and community organizers.   Past advocates have included a Nigerian student activist,  human rights advocates from Belfast and Mozambique, a forensic physician from Turkey, a Palestinian child psychiatrist,  a youth and human rights organizer from Atlanta, Georgia, and an internationally recognized activist who works with Haitian workers in the Dominican Republic.   

Gilda Maria Rivera Sierra - Spring 2017

In the spring of 2017, the Human Rights Program was proud to sponsor Gilda Maria Rivera Sierra, the Executive Coordinator of Centro de Derechos de Mujeres (CDM) - Center for Women's Rights (1992-present) - and of Central America's most important advocates of women's rights in the region.  Throughout her career, Gilda has participated as a delegate for social organizations in many of the most important meetings in the world, and she has advocated for Honduran women before official agencies and boards in Holland, Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Germany, England, Spain, and the United States of America. 

Ashley S. Williams - Spring 2016

In the spring of 2016, the Human Rights Program was proud to sponsor Ashley S. Williams, a queer black organizer and artist working in Charlotte, NC.  Ashley has been an active participant around Black Lives Matter, Black-Palestinian Solidarity, and ending police violence in Charlotte.  Ashley works to decentralize whiteness and build community in non-colonial ways.  Ashley's visit was co-sponsored by the CUGS Arts Initiative.

Jorge Miyagui - Spring 2015

In the spring of 2015,  the Human Rights  Program and the Latin and Culture Studies Department were proud to co-sponsor Peruvian artist/activist Jorge Miyagui as the Human Rights Advocacy Fellow-in-Residence.  The following departments and programs also made his visit to campus possible:  Asian Studies, CUGS Arts Committee, History, International Studies, and Studio Arts.  To view  Jorge Miyagui's artwork, please click here.