Meet our Alumni

Read about the many and varied things our alumni are doing.

Molly Daniels

Title:  Outreach Coordinator
Employer:
  Arlington Academy of Hope

"My HRS degree prepared me for finding the little (and not so little) successes in international development. Classes, projects, and service work related to my degree all helped teach me the importance of knowing all the atrocities humans are capable of committing, and the justification of preventing or punishing such atrocities. Knowing the interconnectedness of all thirty rights proclaimed in the Declaration of Human Rights, I can work to promote better education and health standards knowing they play roles just as important as protecting free speech, providing freedom from torture, or upholding the right to a family."

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Molly Daniels

McLean Johnson

Title: Law Student
School: Indiana University, Maurer School of Law

"The best part of being a HRS major is being able to fully immerse yourself in something you're passionate about. I was always excited for the classes, extracurriculars, and internships offered in HRS because it is something I care so deeply about. The HRS major is a way to turn a passion into a career path."

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McLean Johnson

Katarina Lucas

Title: Intern
Employer: NOW-NYC

Kata will be interning with NOW-NYC doing policy research, fundraising and advocacy work. NOW-NYC, an NGO founded in 1966, works to advance the women and girls of New York City through public education, grassroots organizing, lobbying, action, and advocacy. Since their inception, NOW-NYC has worked to create a culture where America's most valuable untapped resource - women - can succeed in all realms. NOW-NYC aims to end violence against women, advance women in the workplace, promote reproductive freedom, transform images of women in the media, and secure equality for LGBTQ people.

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Katarina Lucas

Nathan Miller

Title: Senior Fellow
School: University of Iowa College of Law

Nathan was accepted into the prestigious Inter-Disciplinary course in Human Rights conducted by the Inter-American Institute for Human Rights; he later entered the US foreign service and was posted in Africa; he is currently a senior fellow in human rights and social justice at the University of Iowa College of Law.

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Lauren Simcic

Title: Refugee Employment Specialist/Job Developer
Employer: Heartland Alliance in Chicago

"Working in a collaborative environment where I feel appreciated while working toward human rights is exactly what I was aiming for.  The people I come in contact with have experienced the most grave human rights abuses. I like the role of giving some of the most deserving the real life skills they need to survive yet another hectic but great environment, all adding up to self-sufficiency in the US."

"Being a human rights major means making up your mind to rule out naïveté in your life though it may expose you to the pain of others. [Human rights] is reading the news, feeling discontent, devising and dreaming up ways to eradicate modern abuses, and most importantly, doing. Without action our studies are futile."

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Lauren Simcic

Hope Smalls

Title: Lawyer
Employer: The Employment Collaborative
Hope is a recent graduate of Ohio Northern University College of Law and is currently working on finding a job and passing the Ohio Bar exam. 

"At ONU, I earned concurrently a Juris Doctorate and LL.M in Democratic Governance and Rule of Law. Being a Human Rights Studies major means that you are afforded an amazing opportunity to learn the necessary skills to become an effective advocate for human rights. My HRS degree prepared me for my J.D and LLM coursework in international law and Rule of Law. The HRS program laid a strong foundation for understanding the rhetoric and principles involving international law and structures. Being familiar with this material, allowed me to better engage in scholastic discussion with my peers and professors and build upon my advocacy work. In addition, the research that I completed as a Human Rights Studies major concerning human trafficking and child sexual exploitation, served as a means of getting 'my foot in the door' with the Department of Defense Combating Trafficking in Persons Component (DoDCTIP) where I became a co-subject matter expert for the human trafficking training module for the entire Department of Defense."

"The best part of being a Human Rights Studies major is the fact that you get the opportunity to build relationships with professors and peers that share in your passion to promote social justice. These relationships continue beyond one’s time at UD. Students should consider this major because it is an exciting field that opens the door to numerous career paths that encourage creativity to make a difference in the world around us."

"At the Employment Collaborative, I work with local businesses to identify fair employment opportunities for individuals with development disabilities. My HRS degree has taught me that everyone has the right to work in just and favorable conditions, ensuring their human dignity. Unfortunately, this is not the reality for many people in the world. Armed with this acquired knowledge, I hope to influence effective change in business practices throughout the world."

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Stephanie Zielonko

Title: Employment Coordinator
Employer: The Employment Collaborative, St. Louis, Missouri
Stephanie is also working towards her MBA through Missouri State University.

"At the Employment Collaborative, I work with local businesses to identify fair employment opportunities for individuals with development disabilities. My HRS degree has taught me that everyone has the right to work in just and favorable conditions, ensuring their human dignity.  Unfortunately, this is not the reality for many people in the world.  Armed with this acquired knowledge, I hope to influence effective change in business practices throughout the world."

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