MAIS students were fortunate to hear Christian Callejas, who specializes in the rights of indigenous people and human rights, present at USF Tuesday night. Not only is Christian a professor at the University of Costa Rica and University of San Jose, but he also serves as the legal counsel for Garifuna people before the Inter-American Human Rights System.
Last week’s joint F13/F13 social at Golden Gate Park was a hit! MAIS students enjoyed glorious weather, a game of Charades, and delicious Chinese food.
MAIS student Gabriela Garcia Cruz has spent the last ten months interning for the San Francisco Organizing Project (SFOP) as a Youth Organizer. Gabi says, “Through my time working for SFOP, we successfully stopped 17 deportations and held civic engagement campaigns in support of AB 60 and TRUST Act (AB 4). I was also given the opportunity to meet with state officials such as Congresswoman Pelosi to discuss strategies that would pressure other political leaders in support of immigration reform. Moreover, I was able to expand my skills in different areas such as working along community members through a bottom-up approach: analyzing data, political mobilizing and building a campaign around it. I was able to apply theory in to action and see the end result of solidarity amongst community members united for positive change. SFOP, although a local organization, is leading and working on addressing international issues such as immigrant rights. Professionally, I was able to expand my network, my community organizing skills, and receive job offers throughout the country.” Well done, Gabi!
Tune in tonight to hear MAIS alumna Caroline Gikuru be interviewed by BBC World Service! At 8:40 pm PST, Caroline will discuss what happens when Kenyans travel to the Gulf to become domestic workers: http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldserviceradio. Caroline’s thesis was entitled “The Plight of Kenyan Domestic Workers in Gulf Countries.”
MAIS faculty member Professor Christopher Loperena will present a talk “Sustainable Tourism and Its Discontents: The Case of Honduras” at UC Berkeley next Wednesday, October 8 from 1-2 pm.