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Community Activist Using Media to Create Change

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Christie McLeod, graduated with a 3-year B.A in Human Rights and Global Studies (later renamed as Human Rights) and a 4-year degree in International Development Studies.

McLeod stepped down as Executive Director of Mondetta Charity Foundation in order to move to Toronto to attend Osgoode Hall Law School. She continues to work with Mondetta Charity Foundation as their Communications Director from Toronto. 

Remaining heavily involved within the Winnipeg community, McLeod is Founder and Managing Director of the Human Rights Hub Winnipeg. This is a newly-launched interactive website developed in partnership with Global College to coordinate and promote the many events and activities taking place in Winnipeg’s human rights sector.

The Human Rights Hub is currently fundraising for the launch of the Speakers Bureau, an initiative lead by the Hub and the Manitoba Association for Rights and Liberties.

McLeod insists that her fondest memory at Global College was her field course which brought her to South Africa in 2013. McLeod says “this was such a unique opportunity – Canadian and South African students traveled around the country together learning about post-conflict truth, memory and reconciliation. I expected to learn about South Africa, but was surprised to learn nearly as much about myself. While I was passionate about international human rights, I realized that I knew little about the issues in my own country.”

Additionally, McLeod advocates closely with the Indigenous communities in Manitoba. Over the last two years, she has worked with Shoal Lake 40 First Nation. This community, which was forcibly relocated by the City of Winnipeg in the early 1900s, lacks an all-weather access road and has been under a boil water advisory for the last 19 years.

McLeod says “partnering with Shoal Lake 40 FN has opened my eyes to the institutionalized racism and systemic injustice that persists in our nation’s treatment of Indigenous peoples. Significant changes need to be made–perhaps in our laws and policies–to begin to rectify these injustices. While I recognize my settler perspective, I am hopeful that a thorough understanding of the law will help me to better advocate alongside Indigenous peoples and contribute to this discussion.”

Want to learn more about the Global College or the B.A. in Human Rights? Visit: http://www.uwinnipeg.ca/global-college/

For questions or inquiries, please contact our Communications Coordinator, Katrina Leclerc at: k.leclerc-ra@uwinnipeg.ca 


Joint Master’s Student Continues to Promote Human Rights Globally

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Katie Muirhead graduated from Global College in 2015 and is now pursuing a Master’s degree at the University of Manitoba in the Joint Master’s program in Peace and Conflict Studies.

Muirhead’s fondest memory of her time at Global College is when she travelled to New York to attend the United Nations and Ottawa to visit the Department of Foreign Affairs, as part of a Study Tour facilitated and directed by Professor McPhedran.

Now Muirhead runs a non-profit organization in Uganda that focuses on sustainability and public health information. Her knowledge of participatory grassroots development, coupled with her interest in women’s rights, has allowed for a lot of progress in developing programs that are appropriate and successful in the community.

Muirhead explains that her background in human rights is helpful in many ways. For example, “before the refugee crisis became mainstream news, I was familiar with many of the problems refugees were facing,” she says. 

When it became a more popular issue in the last couple of years, Muirhead was able to help friends and family make sense of what was happening, and also offer a list of programs and resources they could access to learn more. Muirhead adds: “My family even sponsored a family from Syria!”

Muirhead insists “a human rights degree is so diverse – you will find a use for it everywhere you look.”

When asked what message she would like to leave with students, Muirhead said, “No matter where you settle in the world, you are not far from someone or somewhere that has seen a major human rights violation occur and so it is important to learn how to navigate those situations. This upcoming generation will be narrating our future; if we have been on the wrong side of history, let’s hope we get to the right side of the future.”

 

Want to learn more about the Global College or the B.A. in Human Rights? Visit: http://www.uwinnipeg.ca/global-college/

For questions or inquiries, please contact our Communications Coordinator, Katrina Leclerc at: k.leclerc-ra@uwinnipeg.ca 


Integrating Human Rights in the Classroom 

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Emily Vitt graduated from the University of Winnipeg in 2015 with a Bachelor of Education and a Bachelor of Arts. Her Bachelor of Arts was in Human Rights with a major in English and minor in Political Science.

It was in high school that Vitt started to ponder about the type of career and life she wanted. When asked what led her to human rights, Vitt says: “Through my involvement with the school’s Human Rights Group, I was able to travel to Europe and learn about the history of human rights, including visiting Holocaust and World War II sites. Additionally, I had the opportunity to participate in the United Nations Global Leaders Conference, held in New York and Washington D.C. These experiences, along with the amazing teachers I was lucky to have throughout high school, inspired me to pursue my interest in learning about different cultures and human rights in my post-secondary education”

Currently a 7th grade teacher for the Sunrise School Division, Vitt uses human rights on a daily basis to teach her students about social justice and the founding principles of human rights.

“My Social Studies curriculum is titled “People and Places in the World” and has a focus on world geography, global quality of life, ways of life and human impact. I passionately approach teaching my students about human rights, as Grade 7 is a perfect age to introduce these topics. At this age, they are just beginning to develop their own opinion on the world. Using the knowledge and experience I gained in my Human Rights degree has helped develop great in-class discussions about stereotypes, racism and discrimination.”

When asked to reflect on her experiences at Global College, Vitt explains that travelling to El Salvador for a two-week field course in Sport, Development and Peace, was one of her fondest memories, “Learning about the ability for sport/physical education to minimize violence and gang culture in youth was an incredible and eye-opening experience. If you have the opportunity to participate in field courses, I highly recommend it!”

“Overall, I had many positive experiences at the University of Winnipeg. I am very grateful for the people that I connected with and inspiration and lifelong friendships that I gained from these opportunities.”

 

Want to learn more about the Global College or the B.A. in Human Rights? Visit: http://www.uwinnipeg.ca/global-college/

For questions or inquiries, please contact our Communications Coordinator, Katrina Leclerc at: k.leclerc-ra@uwinnipeg.ca


Human Rights graduate takes on Osgoode Hall Law School

 

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Kelby Loeppky graduated from the University of Winnipeg in June of 2016. Loeppky earned a double major in Human Rights & Global Studies (4-year) and Conflict Resolution Studies (3-year).

From Winkler, Manitoba, Loeppky now heads on to the big city of Toronto—to attend Osgoode Hall Law School this September. But what has shaped Loeppky’s journey? What can she tell us about her time at the Global College?

When asked about some of the defining moments of her undergrad, Loeppky states, "Hosting and co-organizing the provincial Consent Culture Forum!" says Loeppky, "it was great to be able to advocate for women's rights and work together with other students to eliminate gender-based and sexual violence on post-secondary campuses.

Not only has Loeppky’s involvement with women’s rights and human security flourished throughout her years, she has also developed critical skills to help with her involvement at the Manitoba Human Rights Commission.

Loeppky worked as an Investigator for the Manitoba Human Rights Commission, defending rights for all Manitobans.

“Not only did this degree give me an in-depth understanding of human rights principles and human rights systems in Canada, but it also honed my reading, writing, and analysis skills. This degree and the wonderful faculty in it also helped me to develop communication skills, networking skills, and helped to foster confidence in my abilities”

Lastly, Loeppky has one simple message for students attending Global College:

“Get involved! I met some of my best friends and mentors through this degree.”

 

Want to learn more about the Global College or the B.A. in Human Rights? Visit: http://www.uwinnipeg.ca/global-college/

For questions or inquiries, please contact our Communications Coordinator, Katrina Leclerc at: k.leclerc-ra@uwinnipeg.ca