FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 23, 2011
Gavilan College faculty members Lindsay Padilla and Enrique Luna awarded fellowships in Human Rights Education
WHO: Sociology instructor Lindsay Padilla and history instructor Enrique Luna
WHAT: have been awarded Human Rights Education Fellowships for 2011-12 by the Division of International Comparative and Area Studies (ICA) at Stanford University and the Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE).
After attending a conference in June entitled “Teaching Human Rights in a Global Context,” designed by and for community college educators, Lindsay and Enrique submitted an application for a fellowship to assist in designing curriculum, developing resources, and coordinating workshops. “The idea from the very beginning was to allow the community college educators to design and implement a program that’s best suited to their needs,” said Jonas Edman, Curriculum Writer, SPICE, and one of the conference coordinators. “Through these Human Rights Education Fellowships, the program will definitely benefit from the educators’ own expertise and enthusiasm.”
"This fellowship encourages me to collaborate with faculty across California and the country, improve my teaching, and reach mystudents on a very human level," said Padilla. " I see this opportunity as one directly in line with my research and educational goals.”
According to Enrique Luna, the fellowship "will allow me to continue to build a humanizing pedagogy that actively promotes connections between teacher and students, between student and the community, and among students themselves....at its core human rights is best understood as acceptance of oneself, and others, in an inclusive community."
Conference coordinator Rob Wessling is the Associate Director of the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies at Stanford University. He said that "the Stanford Human Rights Initiative aims to promote human rights education in California and nationally, and to serve as a model of how faculty can effectively create resources for one another,” adding that “we are very pleased that Lindsay, Enrique and so many other community college teachers were interested in this effort.”
For ongoing news of the Stanford Human Rights Initiative, the Human Rights Education Fellows, upcoming workshops, and teaching materials as well as general resources on human rights education, go to www.shrei.org.