UN Day Talk on Climate Migration and Human Rights on Oct. 23

NCC will celebrate its annual United Nations Day  on Oct. 23 with a talk on “Climate Migration and Human Rights” by Dave Benjamin, Ph.D., a professor of Human Rights and Development at Bridgeport University.

His talk on climate change, human rights, climate migration and the impact on the future of small island states (SIDS) will take place at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, October 23 in the Gen Re Forum. The public is invited.

From 1 to 2 p.m., Sarah Hopkins, the Communications and Digital Media Officer for the United Nations Association of the USA, will discuss how electronic resources can be used to create a communications toolkit for a climate action or other grassroots events. 

At the University of Bridgeport, Dr. Benjamin is Chair of the M.A. program in Global Development and Peace and teaches in the B.A. in International Political Economy and Diplomacy. He is a graduate of the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom where he earned an M.Phil. and a Ph.D. in International Relations

As part of Dr. Benjamin’s long-standing commitment of service to the discipline, he has served these professional bodies in a number of capacities: International Relations Section Chair for NEPSA Annual Conferences; Human Rights Section Secretary (ISA 2010-2014); Human Rights Section Co-Program Chair (2014-2016); Member of the ISA ILAW Section Book Award Committee (2016-17); Member of the ISA Northeast Chapter Book Award; Committee (2014-15); Chair of the ISA ILAW Best Papers (graduate student and non-graduate student) Awards Committee (2016-17).

Sarah Hopkins joined the United Nations Association of the USA (UNAUSA) in 2017 to expand the reach of the organization’s message and amplify the digital presence of its advocacy movement. As Communications and Digital Media Officer, she helps drive awareness toward the efforts of 20,000 Americans across the United States who support the UN’s vital work in their communities, on their campuses, and on Capitol Hill. Sarah believes in a creative, uplifting approach to advocacy, acknowledging that our impact is only as strong as the stories we tell and the voices we elevate.

Prior to joining UNA-USA, Hopkins served as Senior Web Editor at Education Advisory Board (EAB) where she managed online content for a suite of higher education technology solutions that help ensure student success. Sarah earned her Bachelor of Arts in Strategic Communication from the College of Charleston.

When she’s not tweeting for UNA-USA, drafting advocacy messages, or brainstorming new ways to raise awareness on the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals, you can find Sarah teaching yoga and enjoying all of the culture that Washington, DC has to offer.