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

“Namaste” is a common Hindi greeting. 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 both in the digital commons @ UConn, and at the Human Rights Institute. Stop by for your copy today!

We are seeking editors for the forthcoming 2015 edition. Interested in volunteering for the Editorial Board? Contact:

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 Michael Crawford and faculty adviser Professor Elizabeth Holzer. 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 a Human Rights Institute Undergraduate Internship Application

Application deadline      November 2

Submission Criteria as of 2015

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).
– The UConn Writing Center also provides source citation resources.

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

Call for Submissions to the next edition of Namaste; Send all work to