Speech given by Her Excellency Dr. Rima Salah, Member of the UN Secretary-General’s High Level Panel on Peace Operaitons and Former Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF. Delivered at the University of Bridgeport on October 30, 2015.
Dr. Stephen Healey, Provosts of the University of Bridgeport; Dr. Thomas Ward, Dean of the College of Public and International Affairs and Vice President of Internalization at University of Bridgeport; Ms. Brinet Rutherford, President of the Senior Class; Professors, Students, and Guests:
It gives me great pleasure and honor to be with you today on this very auspicious occasion, the rededication of the University of Bridgeport, United Nations Tree, and the unveiling of the new plaque.
What we saw an hour ago is defying and is a testimony of your commitment to the ideals and the charter of the United Nations. Indeed the partnership that you have forged with the United Nations is quite remarkable and unique. Continue reading →
The Mass Communications Department at UB has developed a publicity package for the Committee on Teaching About the UN (CTAUN). Professor Susan Katz, helped supervise the project in the Publicity Methods class and described the project on storify. On January 30, 2015 more than 30 UB faculty and students attended the annual CTAUN conference about “The UN at 70” at UN headquarters in New York City where eight UB students presented. A report on this event is available on Storify.
Professor Dave Benjamin, Chair of UB’s M.A. Program in Global Development and Peace, has become a member of the Executive Committee of the New England Political Science Association (NEPSA). Benjamin has been an active member of the association and served as a member of the planning committee for NEPSA’s 2015 Annual Meeting that was held at the Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale University April 24-25, 2015, where he chaired two panels and presented a paper at a third.
The University of Bridgeport had a good showing at the NEPSA Conference, with Martina Santia, Janaina Bordignon, Mai Malkawi, Mohammed Al-Azdee, Rebecca Bruckenstein, Marissa Gambardella, Mohammad Aynal Haque, and Simona Serban making presenations.
Ms. Gaynel Curry, Adviser at the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights, Dr. Bret Anderson, Professor of Political Science at University of Rhode Island, and Mr. Kabba Williams, from Sierra Leone and a graduate of University of Minnesota were the speakers at this year’s annual colloquium hosted by the University of Bridgeport Chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha. The topic of the forum was “Education and Peace: Towards Sustainable Development,” and the event was held Wednesday, Apr 08, at 6:00 pm, at the Arnold Bernhard Center, Art Gallery at UB.
Pi Sigma Alpha is the National Political Science Honor Society. The UB Chapter has won a Chapter Activity Grant from the national organization in each of the last 9 consecutive years.
Beltina Gjeloshi (Graduate Assistant, Global Development and Peace), March 26, 2015
Briefing Moderator Ms. Gaynel Curry with Global Development and Peace student Beltina Gjeloshi
Every year on March 25, the United Nations honors victims of over 400 years of slave trade designated as International Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.
On Thursday, March 26, 2015, two Global Development and Peace (GLDP) students attended an NGO briefing on women and the slave trade at United Nations Headquarters in New York. Chaired by Ms Gaynel Curry, Gender and Women’s Rights Advisor in the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (Ms. Curry will be coming to UB to participate in a colloquium on the evening of 8 April 2015), four distinguished panelists discussed the history of slave trade and its impact on women’s rights today.
Panelists included Françoise Verges (Chair of “Global South” at the College of Global Studies at University of Paris), Margaret Washington (Associate Professor at Cornell University), Eola Dance (the Northeast Regional Network to Freedom (NTF) Program Coordinator and a 14-year National Park Service employee), and Liz Maurer (Director of Programs for National Women’s History Museum and Editor-in-Chief of Journal for Museum Education). Questions from the audience were included reparations, and facing the challenges of modern day slavery, especially trafficking of women and girls across borders.
Hannah Moeckel and Beltina Gjeloshi (GLDP) were accompanied by Dave Benjamin, Associate Professor of Global Development and Chair of the M.A. in Global Development and Peace.
University of Bridgeport has DPI-NGO status at the United Nations.
by Alona Gaiek (Global Communications and Media Studies, with Doreen Bandua (Global Development & Peace), Joel Amegboh (Global Development & Peace), Ibrahim Khan (Global Development & Peace), and Beltina Gjeloshi (Global Development & Peace)
The College of Public and International Affairs is proud to announce that six prominent graduate students interned at United Nations headquarters in New York city in Summer 2014. Beltina Gjeloshi (Global Develoment & Peace, second year), Doreen Bandua (Global Develoment & Peace, second year), Rie Sano (East Asia & Pacific Rim Studies, second year), Rakan Alsaadi (Global Develoment & Peace, second year), Mohammed Ibrahim Khan (Global Develoment & Peace, second year), and Joel Amegboh (Global Develoment & Peace, second year). Beltina, Doreen and Ibrahim kindly agreed to share their experiences.
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by Alona Gaiek (Global Communications and Media Studies, with Miguel Arroyo (Ed.D.) and Ibrahim Khan (Global Development & Peace)
On the August 18th four of the UB students were fortunate to attend an event at the Trusteeship Council Chamber at the United Nations Headquarters where the UN Secretary General and Malala Yousafzai launched the 500 days of action to build a better world. While all four students – Joel Amegboh (M.A. Global Development & Peace), Ibrahim K. Khan (M.A. Global Development & Peace), Helen Humphreys (B.A. International Political Economy and Diplomacy), and Miguel Arroyo (Ed.D. Student) were thrilled to attend the event, Ibrahim and Miguel shared their stories.
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by Martina Santia & Alona Gaiek*
On Friday, December 12, 2014 a group of graduate students from the University of Bridgeport, was provided with the opportunity to visit the Department of Public Information at the UN headquarters in New York City. Students from both, the M.A. in Global Development and Peace and the M.A. in Global Media and Communications at the College of Public and International Affairs, were privileged to attend briefings on Human Trafficking and developments in the Human Rights Council.
Ms. Malea Otranto, Global Citizenship Fellow at the US Fund for UNICEF, End Trafficking Program, provided an overview of Human Trafficking by focusing on its roots, challenges, and, preventive measures, including how to recognize a victim of human trafficking. The second briefing given by Mr. Sushil Raj, Human Rights Officer at The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) addressed Universal Periodic Review and other instruments of state accountability for human rights. Continue reading →
Beltina Gjeloshi, Graduate Assistant, College of Public & International Affairs
A group of Undergraduates from the College of Public & International Affairs, and the Trefz School of Business at the University of Bridgeport were guests of the Department of Public Information on Friday 14 November, 2014, when they attended Briefings at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City.
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees’ Associate Policy Advisor Noelia Diaz delighted students both in the history and structure of UNHCR as well as its latest developments in the face of modern emergency response capabilities. In association with up-to-date events in precarious regions such as Syria, Ms. Diaz briefed the audience about the challenges and prospects refugees, internally displaced persons, asylum seekers, and stateless persons.
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UB Students at UN Briefing, Nov. 14, 2014
Ms. Gaynel Curry, Adviser in the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Ms. Gaynel Curry, Adviser in the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights addressed the 8th Annual Colloquium held by the UB Chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national Political Science Honor Society, on the evening of April 10th. In addressing the theme – Bringing an End to Human Trafficking – Ms. Curry spoke to instruments in international law, to which states have committed themselves, that are intended to offer protections to women and children who are the primary victims of the global trade in human begins, and exploitation thereof. She sat on a panel of three experts that included Professor Angela Duger from the Harvard School of Public Health, and Professor Melissa Labonte from Fordham University. University of Bridgeport has DPI-NGO status at the United Nations, and is a member of the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI).
Dave Benjamin, Ph.D.
Faculty Adviser to Pi Sigma Alpha