• Human Rights,  Study Abroad

    Learning and Unlearning Human Rights

    The question on whether or not the system currently in place is “working” for people is a topic we have been discussing in some shape or form nearly this whole trip. For example, I attended an event on housing justice at MayDay Space (community center in Bushwick), and there were so many people who weren’t formally trained as community organizers or in a social justice field, but they were tenants being forced out of their homes or concerned about all the gentrification happening in their communities. And yet these community members know about what’s happening better than anyone, as some people rattled off all the intricacies of the housing crisis…

  • Human Rights,  Study Abroad

    And It’s Only Day Three!

    It’s only day three of this program, and I already feel as though I have so much to process! On the one hand, it’s been difficult to adjust to the long, jam-packed days of class, orientation sessions, tours, and events. Our group has visited Ellis Island,  learned about an indigenous community in New York and its tragic history, visited the LGBTQ Community Center (where the organization ACT UP was founded!), listened to a live taping of Amy Goodman on Democracy Now!, learned about MayDay Space (community organizers with a building in Brooklyn), and discussed ethics of research. So it’s been busy! The program to which I am referring is implemented…

  • Israel/Palestine

    Bending Towards Justice

    Thanks for viewing my site! The blog portion will contain my (Carolyn’s) more informal writings as well as my experiences during my semester abroad in fall semester of 2019. I participated in the School of International Training’s (SIT) Human Rights semester and traveled to New York City, Chile, Nepal, and Jordan learning about the historical and social contexts of human rights movements with around thirty other students over the course of four months. The website overall has come about due to the Mellon Scholars program at Hope College. The Mellon Scholars program provided resources, equipment, and mentorship so that students may research and produce quality projects. This program enabled me…