Students to participate in Human Rights and Global Engagement Seminar

Keeler and Laboy
Political science major Emmanuel Laboy (at right), is among the 11 students who will participate in the human rights seminar. Also pictured is Lindsay Keeler JD '14. Laboy and Keeler attended a related seminar on the Syrian conflict in England in May 2014.

Aug. 14, 2014 - Eleven students from Quinnipiac University have received Global Engagement Fellowships and invitations to participate in a Human Rights and Global Engagement Seminar from Sept. 7-13.

The students are: Catherine Blair, Alex Branzell, Page-Ashley Campbell, Melissa Cowan, Anna Jacobs, Reshma Joseph, Emmanuel Laboy, Patrick Page, Aleksandar Petakov, Brooke Phelan and Danielle Tomlinson.

"I'm a nursing major and a global public health minor, so I'm really interested in health equity and human rights," Phelan said. "I believe everyone has a right to health."

The seminar, "The Ethics of Human Rights and Development in the Twenty-first Century City," will feature several guest speakers and involves two days at the United Nations in New York City, campus components at Quinnipiac and Yale and a day dedicated to working with community organizations engaged in local or global development initiatives. The seminar is designed to build the foundation for students to pursue careers dedicated to the issues of global justice and development ethics.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for the university and will prove to be a very meaningful learning experience for participants," said seminar organizer Sujata Gadkar-Wilcox, assistant professor of legal studies at Quinnipiac. "The seminar is meant to engage students in a critical evaluation of human rights issues that we are hearing about in the news every day."

Students from several other universities, including Brown University, Rice University, the University of Arkansas, the University of Oregon, the University of Southern California and Yale University will also participate.

In May 2014, two Quinnipiac students and a professor travelled to Oxford University in England March 23-28 to attend a related seminar on the Syrian conflict. Lindsay Keeler JD '14 and Emmanuel Laboy, now a rising senior political science major, attended the conference with Gadkar-Wilcox.

Hugo Slim, associate director and senior research fellow at Oxford University's Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict, will discuss human rights and the ethics of humanitarian action on Wednesday, Sept. 10 at 7 p.m. The talk, which is free and open to the public, will take place in the Grand Courtroom at the Center for Communications and Engineering on the Mount Carmel Campus and include a book signing by Nabeel Hamdi, emeritus professor of housing and urban development at Oxford Brookes University. Learn more about this event.

In addition, Quinnipiac will host the seminar Sept. 11-13.