Students present research at Seattle Human Rights Day event

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On December 7, the Seattle Human Rights Commission hosted Seattle Human Rights Day, a celebration of local organizations and individuals working to bring positive change to our community and the world.  The pre-program reception featured a poster display by 20 students of the Washington, D.C. Human Rights Seminar, who shared their research on topics, such as child labor in the West African cocoa industry, gender violence in India, and the Syrian refugee crisis.

Founded in 1991, the Washington, D.C. Human Rights Seminar is UW Bothell’s longest running experiential learning course with over 450 participants.  The D.C. Seminar enables students to engage directly with national and international human rights policy-making. Students prepare on-campus, researching human rights, then travel to D.C. for six, demanding days of seminars and briefings with policy makers across the political spectrum. Participants develop a deep commitment to advocacy, and alumni often cite the D.C. Seminar as one of their most formative learning experiences.  Graduates have gone on to hold leadership positions for nonprofits, international non-governmental organizations, and local, state, and federal agencies. 

Jesika Jacobsen with poster