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Global Ideas, Local Impact is the Duke Human Rights Center’s annual celebration of human rights opportunities at Duke and in the world. The event is hosted by the DHRC Student Advisory Board and includes a research slam, where students present the human rights research they conduct throughout the academic year. There will also be a panel of Duke alumni, who are currently working in different fields related to human rights. Join us to learn more about opportunities in human rights on Duke’s campus and beyond. Register in advance here.

This year’s alumni include:

Jasmeet Kaur Sidhu

Jasmeet Kaur Sidhu is a Senior Researcher with Amnesty International USA (AIUSA). She led AIUSA’s research into the United States’ obligations to prevent gun violence and its impact on human rights for AIUSA’s End Gun Violence report: In the Line of Fire- Human Rights and the US Gun Violence Crisis and contributed to AIUSA’s recent report The World Is Watching Mass Violations by U.S. police of Black Lives Matter protestors’ rights.  Jasmeet is a lifelong human rights activist, attorney, and advocate.  As a practicing Sikh—whose family and community members have been targeted by hate violence—her current focus on gun violence was motivated by the August 2012 attack on a Sikh gurdwara (temple) in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, where six people were shot and killed and several others injured in an act of hate violence.   Jasmeet has worked with numerous social justice movements, including Amnesty International, Alliance for Justice, GLSEN (Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network), Human Rights First, and South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT). Jasmeet’s work has focused on human rights- including immigrant rights; LGBTQ rights; impacts of racial, religious and ethnic profiling; and post-9/11 hate violence. Read an interview here.

Briana Acosta

Briana Acosta is a current Master of Public Health student at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She is passionate about pursuing a community-engaged career focused on advancing health equity, especially within the areas of interpersonal violence, trauma/mental health, substance use, HIV/STIs, as well as sexual and reproductive health more generally. Briana received her B.A. from Duke University (Class of ’17) in Cultural Anthropology, with a co-major in Global Health. Immediately post-graduation, she pursued a year of Master’s studies and research focused on HIV/STI prevention among migrant indigenous youth in Chiapas, Mexico. She then spent the next few years working in the nonprofit sector in her hometown of Houston, TX, where she held direct service roles related to human trafficking, domestic violence, and child abuse before pursuing graduate school. Read an interview here.

Arpita Varghese 

Arpita Varghese currently works at UN Women – the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women and Girls – in New York, where she supports the Humanitarian Action and Crisis Response Office. As a Gender and Humanitarian Action Analyst for UN Women, she supports the Humanitairan Office in ensuring that gender equality and women’s empowerment informs crisis response in contexts ranging from disaster response to conflict settings. Arpita holds a Master’s degree in Global Governance and Diplomacy from the University of Oxford and graduated with honours from Duke University with a dual degree in International Affairs and Philosophy. She is from Kerala, India and received her International Baccalaureate from the United World College in India. Read an interview here.


March 31
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


The Garden Room at Penn Pavilion
107 Union Drive
Durham, North Carolina 27710