2016 Business and Human Rights Resource Centre Intern: Lesedi Graveline
Lesedi Graveline is a rising senior, double majoring in Human Rights and Women’s Studies. Prior to her internship with the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre in New York City, she studied abroad at the University of Essex in Colchester, England for a semester in the spring of 2015. During the spring of 2014, she was hired as a student employee at the Neag Gifted Education and Talent Development Center where she organized and maintained an efficient office environment and became accustomed to both traditional and non-traditional systems of research and educational development. Lesedi was also a First Year Experience Mentor for fall of 2014 and fall of 2015, which is a program designed to assist incoming freshman with the transition to UConn. Through this program, she became trained in facilitating a classroom and responding to the needs of students through one-on-one counseling sessions. She has also had the opportunity to travel to Los Angeles, California with UConn’s Habitat for Humanity Chapter as a volunteer. Lesedi also volunteers for the Husky-for-a-Day Program, is an active member of the Black Student’s Association, and has been a dancer/fundraiser for “Huskython”, UConn’s 18-hour long dance marathon.
Lesedi will be an intern for UConn’s Police Department in the fall of 2016, where she will continue to be exposed to different aspects of law and civil rights from the perspective of law enforcement. She was recently accepted to be a Resident Assistant for the 2016-2017 academic year. Lesedi’s primary advocacy interests revolve around women’s rights, children’s rights, and refugees. After graduation, Lesedi hopes to travel as well as attend law school to pursue a degree in International Law and eventually join the Peace Corps.
2016 Croatian Mediation Association and Mediation Center Interns: Scott Seger and Mark Vanaman
Scott Seger is currently a second year student at the University of Connecticut School of Law, where he has held leadership positions within the Public Interest Law Group and Jewish Law Student Association. An avid traveler, his international experiences include studying abroad in Rome and volunteering in Southern Israel. After receiving his B.S. in Finance from the University of Maryland, College Park, Scott worked for a Boston investment firm for three years before deciding to pursue a career in law. His professional areas of interest include health law, employment discrimination and international human rights. Scott is also a passionate skier, hiker and New England Patriots fan.
Mark Vanaman is a first year law student at the University of Connecticut School of Law, where he is exploring his interest in corporate law, insurance law, and international human rights. He graduated magna cum laude from Western New England University in 2015 with a Bachelor’s degree in History, and a minor in Political Science. Mark’s interest in human rights was sparked during his past mission trips to Kentucky, where he coordinated students at a job site in home improvement construction projects for local needy families. Mark enjoys the Negotiation and Dispute Resolution Society, and currently holds a leadership role in the Corporate and Securities law group.
2016 International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) Intern: Emily Kaufman
Emily Kaufman is the 2016 recipient of the Richard Goldstone Fellowship at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. Emily graduated Summa Cum Laude with majors in Human Rights and Cognitive Science and wrote her honors thesis in Human Rights. Emily was recently elected to Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society and has been a New England Scholar for the past three years.
Emily interned for the Human Rights Institute in Spring 2016 as the Executive Editor for the Namaste Undergraduate Human Rights journal and and also served as Co-Managing Editor of the 2015 Edition of Namaste.
She interned at the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre through a Human Rights Institute grant in the summer of 2015 where she co-authored a piece with the Research Director and was listed as an author on their “Coal in the Global South” report presented at the COP21 Climate Summit in Paris. She is a recipient of the Alan B. Slifka Foundation Scholarship from the Human Rights Institute and she worked for three years as the Student Assistant for Programs at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center where she helped research and facilitate programming. In the spring of 2014, she studied abroad in Cape Town, South Africa where she interned at Treatment Action Campaign, an HIV/AIDS advocacy organization focused on community mobilization and wrote about her experiences as a Travel Correspondent for Reach the World, which connects students studying abroad with classrooms in the US. In 2014 Emily was selected as one of two students to attend the Universitas 21 Conference on Shaping Future Cities in Sydney, Australia where she was interested in the impact of rapid urbanization on human rights violations. Emily was also selected to attend the 2013 Universitas 21 Conference on Human Rights hosted by UConn.
She served on the inaugural CLAS Student Leadership board and spent a term on its Executive Board as Chair of the Student and Alumni Relations Committee. She also served as a student representative on the President’s Committee for Corporate Social Responsibility, participated in UConn’s Leadership Legacy experience, served as a UNESCO Student Ambassador for Human Rights, and was Vice President of the student organization Lawyers without Borders.
2016 Net Impact Intern: Anna Middendorf
Anna Middendorf is from Bremen, Germany and moved to the United States in August 2013 to pursue her undergraduate degree at UCONN. She is a rising senior, majoring in Political Science with a double minor in Economic and Human Rights. Prior to her internship with Net Impact, she studied abroad in Chile for a semester in the spring of 2015 and speaks German, English and Spanish. In December of 2015, she traveled to the Conference of Parties (COP21) in Paris with a group of UCONN students. Anna works closely with the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee on improving community outreach programs and environmental policies at the University. Anna’s primary advocacy interests revolve around climate change, refugees and food security. Upon graduation, she hopes to return to her home in Europe to obtain a MBA in Business and Human Rights.
2016 Social Accountability Intern: Christopher Raymond
Christopher Raymond is a rising senior at the University of Connecticut and is pursuing a double major in Human Rights and Management. His academic interests focus on improving labor standards and working conditions in the global economy, with a particular emphasis on the empowerment of workers through the realization of their right to association. Christopher has worked this past year as a Resident Assistant for Social Justice Education in Alumni quad for the Sophomore Honors community. This past winter, he was part of a project headed by Dr. David Richards, where Christopher and a group of three other students used CIRI coding guidelines to provide Social Progress Imperative with human rights data for their annual index. Next year, Christopher will be completing his senior Honors thesis on current trends of labor collectivism within the Latin American garment industry. After graduation, he hopes to pursue a PhD in industrial and labor relations.
2016 WITNESS Intern: Julia Silverstein
Julia Silverstein interned for WITNESS over the summer of 2016. She is a rising junior studying philosophy and human rights, and hopes to participate in the Human Rights Winter abroad program in Costa Rica.
At UConn, Julia is a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta honors society and, through them, participates in many events, fundraisers, and other community service projects. She was a member of the University Symphony during the 2014-2015 season, and hopes to continue playing with them. Julia also tutors high school students in history, literature, and various instruments including violin, viola, and cello.
Throughout high school, Julia participated in debate competitions. Through the debate program, she developed a passion for philosophy, law, and logical argumentation. After graduating from UConn with Bachelor degrees in philosophy and human rights, she hopes to go on to law school to focus on constitutional law and its effect on social justice.