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The Human Rights Program in the Institute for Global Studies is seeking talented and creative undergraduate students with a passion for human rights advocacy and scholarship to join the 2012-13 Human Rights Program Student Advisory Board (SAB).

SAB members will...

- meet monthly with Program staff.
- develop student-led initiatives on current human rights issues.
- work as partners with the program's director and staff in providing support for existing HRP projects.
- serves as HRP ambassadors among U of M students.

Who is eligible?
- Must be a full-time undergraduate during the academic year for which you are applying.
- Students from ALL undergraduate majors are encouraged to apply.
- Everyone, from first semester freshmen to seniors, is welcome to apply.

What are the desired qualifications?

- Commitment to the HRP mission to provide the University with opportunities related to human rights in the classroom, through research, and through direct actions, such as projects, internships, and fellowships.
- Prior organizing, advocacy, activism, and leadership skills.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Why get involved?
Hone tangible skills for effective advocacy in the field of human rights.
Engage and network with human rights faculty and staff within the Program and the broader University, as well as with fellow students with a keen interest in human rights.
Contribute to the HRP through action, advocacy, and leadership.
Space and support to think and act creatively in human rights activities at the University.

How do I apply?

Submit a CV or resume AND a brief cover letter detailing why you would like to be a part of the SAB and the leadership qualities, skills and ideas you would bring to the board.
Applications due by 6 pm, Wednesday, April 11 to Rochelle Hammer via email at or via hard copy to 214 Social Sciences.

Contact Rochelle Hammer at or 612.626.7947.


The 2nd Annual Inna Meiman Human Rights Award
Recognizing undergraduate students at the University of Minnesota who have made significant personal contributions in the promotion and protection of human rights

This award will be given in recognition of the friendship between Inna Meiman, a Soviet era Jewish refusnik who was repeatedly denied a visa to seek medical treatment, and Lisa Paul, a graduate of the University of Minnesota who fought tirelessly on her behalf, including a 25-day hunger strike that galvanized a movement for Inna's freedom. The friendship between Lisa Paul and Inna Meiman is memorialized in the book, Swimming in the Daylight: An American Student, a Soviet-Jewish Dissident, and the Gift of Hope.

The award is intended to recognize a University of Minnesota student who embodies a commitment to human rights. The Awardee will receive a $1,000 scholarship.

Nominations will be accepted through Friday, April 6, 2012 at 5:00 p.m.

Eligibility: The awards are open to all full-time undergraduate students at the University of Minnesota.

· Demonstrated a personal commitment to the promotion and protection of international human rights through significant work on a human rights cause during their time as an undergraduate;
· Raised the visibility of a particular human rights issue among the University community or the broader public;
· Made a positive difference in the life of others, and has given voice to those who might otherwise not be heard.

Nominations: submit a letter of 750 words or less describing the human rights activities undertaken by the nominee during his or her time as a student at the University of Minnesota and a CV of the student being nominated; Students may be nominated by faculty, staff or other students at the University of Minnesota.Self nominations must be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from faculty, staff, and students who can attest to the achievements.

Address and Deadline
Letters should be submitted by email to the Human Rights Program,, or delivered to the Human Rights Program, 214 Social Sciences Building, 267 - 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55455.

The nomination deadline is Friday, April 6, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. The Inna Meiman Award winner will be recognized publicly at an event in April or May 2012.

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