Namaste is the student human rights journal published through the University of Connecticut Human Rights Institute. The journal includes fiction and creative pieces, non-fiction papers, and essays, poetry, photography, and art work.

"Namaste" is a common Hindi greeting. The array of contexts in which it is used gives it a transcendent quality. It has, over time, come to be interpreted as something of a universal gesture of empathy and good will. With the publication of each issue of Namaste the Human Rights Institute seeks to evoke the very same sentiments that are embodied in the phrase from which it derives its name.

Past editions of Namaste are available at the Human Rights Institute. Stop by for your copy today!

The editors of the forthcoming 2014 edition were Shelja Patel and Sarah Wylie. Interested in volunteering for the Editorial Board? Contact


Call for Submissions to the next edition of Namaste

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We are requesting submissions for the 2014 Namaste!!! Deadline EXTENDED to Februry 17th, 2014

The theme for the 2014 edition of Namaste focuses on human rights issues of the 21st century to celebrate the Human Rights Institute’s 10th Anniversary. That said, the focus of your piece can relate to any issue, anywhere in the world.

We will be accepting reports, essays, and other academic pieces in addition to photography and poetry.  If you are interested in submitting in any other medium please email the editors at to discuss your ideas.

The submission deadline is Friday, February 17, 2014, and the criteria are listed below.  Please send your submissions to with a submission form (access here).

Submission Criteria
All submissions must focus on human rights topics primarily within the past ten years.  For example, the piece could focus on the emergence of a human rights issue, the evolution or progress of a certain right or human rights issue, and/or recent experiences within the field.  Submitters are encouraged to choose any topic, from economic and health issues to social and civil rights, and can focus on any region of the world.

Papers, Essays, Reports, and the like...

-  Maximum 2,500 word count.
-  Times New Roman, 12 pt. font.
-  Please cite with: APA (6th edition), Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition), or MLA (3rd edition). Don't know these referencing systems off the top of your head??  The UConn Writing Center provides source citation guidelines here:  In addition, here are some useful links:




Poetry and other artistic written word submissions...

Feel free to be as creative as you would like with the formatting and layout of the poem. However, please ensure that the poem can be fit within three pages on Microsoft Word with standard margins.  If you are working on a longer piece and would like to discuss possibilities for publication, please contact the editors at

Photography and other graphic submissions

Please submit photography in a jpeg, Microsoft Word, or Adobe PDF document. Please submit a up to ten photographs only. The journal is physically 5 inches wide so we ask that you double-check that your submissions will still convey their desired messages at this size.


If you are interested in other forms of submissions please contact the editors at



Apply To Be An Editor for the 2015 Edition of Namaste

Namaste is the student human rights journal published through the University of Connecticut Human Rights Institute. Positions available include Editor-in-Chief and Associate Editor(s). The Editorial Board is responsible for the entire production of the annual issue of Namaste under the guidance of Dr. Elizabeth Holzer, Faculty Advisor. The Editor positions are a year-long committee beginning in the Fall and will count towards your human rights internship credit in the Spring.

Applicants must submit an HRI Undergraduate Internship Application.

Application deadline      October 1