Power, Justice, and the Future of Human Rights Workshop

January 29 and 31, 2:00 - 6:00 pm ET

Workshop Overview

This two-part virtual workshop will challenge participants to dive deep into their positionality and theories of change as human rights advocates. Building on the legacy, lessons from history, and present landscape of human rights advocacy, participants will bring their own research interests as case studies to sharpen their analyses. The workshop will introduce new tools and tactics from ICAAD’s work to help students develop capacities, skills, and knowledge to become more effective human rights advocates.
Participant Goals
Identify lessons from the history of human rights advocacy that can inform current efforts; Develop an analysis around the root causes of structural discrimination and how they manifest; Build a reflexive understanding of their own positionality and the dynamics of solidarity from their positionality; Critically explore how systems change happens through an understanding of power; Be exposed to a range of advocacy tools and tactics that can be used at the local, state, national, and international levels. 
Erin Thomas is a Director and Change Facilitator at ICAAD (International Center for Advocates Against Discrimination). A skilled facilitator and researcher, Erin has worked on challenging human rights issues in the Pacific including gender-based violence, nuclear justice, and climate justice. Erin is an organizer at heart and thrives on bringing people together around advocacy efforts. She earned her B.A. in International Relations from American University in Washington D.C. and her M.A. in Development Studies at the University of Auckland.