New Human Rights Website Showcases Academic Opportunities at UMass Boston, Research and Publications

Office of Communications | May 10, 2018
The Health and Human Rights Woking Group was among those who had an information table at the May 3 launch event.

The Health and Human Rights Woking Group was among those who had an information table at the May 3 launch event.
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Over the past two decades, intergovernmental organizations, governments, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and social justice activists have adopted human rights frameworks, strategies, and tools to advance their goals. Now, there’s a new one-stop-shop to learn about the many academic programs, research projects, and resources related to human rights at the University of Massachusetts Boston,

"We're excited about this new website," said Assistant Professor of Public Policy of Excluded Populations Sindiso Mnisi Weeks. "The site really highlights how much UMass Boston students and faculty are doing to advance human rights locally, nationally, and internationally."

About a dozen programs and projects had tables at last Thursday’s launch event, with faculty and student representatives on hand to answer questions before the site was unveiled. On the site, visitors can learn about facultystudents, and researchers working in the field of international human rights, the academic programs in human rights offered at the university, the current research projects on human rights that are under way, and the multi-disciplinary publications that result from this work.

"The website is reflective of the transdisciplinary nature of the programs, projects, and partnerships at UMass Boston," said Assistant Professor of Public Policy of Excluded Populations Gillian MacNaughton, who, like Mnisi Weeks, is based in the School for Global Inclusion and Social Development (SGISD). "This is one of the main draws for students who come to study human rights here, and for funders who support the work done here."

SGISD offers a certificate in human rights, and students in the MA and PhD programs in global inclusion and social development can also choose human rights as their concentration. An interdisciplinary human rights minor, housed in the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department, is open to all undergraduates, regardless of major.

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