The Human Rights Institute is proud of our first Human Rights Major Graduates!!!

August 2012 Graduates

Gabrielle Mahon

Gabrielle Mahon graduated with a double major in Human Rights and English in August 2012.  She participated in the International Human Rights Exchange Program in Johannesburg, South Africa during the fall 2011 semester, where she worked at the Albert Street School for refugee students and the Andre Gives to Albert project (  She pursued her international human rights interests this summer by attending an international development conference Queretaro, Mexico, and will spend 10 months in Palestine conducting research and working with the Bard Palestinian Youth Initiative (  She plans to pursue studying developmental policy at the graduate level.


Savannah Williams

Savannah Williams graduated in August 2012 with a BA in Psychology and Human Rights. During her internship to meet the human rights requirement, she worked with Lawyers Without Borders (LWOB), who asked her to stay on board at least through the summer. In addition to working with LWOB, she also worked as an intern at the Hartford Community Court with the social services team. Savannah has decided to take a year off from school after graduation but plans on returning in the fall of 2013, either as a law and/or social work student. Her main interests lie in working with people in poverty, both in the States and abroad, but she has not yet determined the avenue through which she will do this. While at UCONN, Savannah was nominated by the Human Rights Institute for the Universitas 21 Summer Programme on Conflict Resolution in Dublin, Ireland 2011 and was chosen as one of five students to go and represent the university. Savannah was also chosen to participate in a community outreach alternative spring break trip to Washington D.C., which focused on urban poverty and political action. She made the Dean's list for four semesters, was named both a New England and Babbidge Scholar, and is now one of the first students to graduate from UCONN with a degree in Human Rights.