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2018 Teen Summer Symposium on Human Rights

| June 4, 2018

Registration is open for the 2018 Teen Summer Symposium on Human Rights. This three-day teen leadership workshop is open to high school students interested in social justice, history, and international relations. Organized by Shaker high school teachers Thea MacFawn and Kelly Wetherbee, and now in its 4th year, more than 150 students from 24 area schools have attended to date.

Through workshops and activities, students will learn about major human rights issues including:

Racial Justice, Environmental Justice, Women’s Rights, Farm Workers’ Rights, Civic Engagement and Lobbying for Your Cause, and Fake News and Information Literacy.

Specific speakers include:

  • ​​Attal Nang recipient of the United Nations Youth Courage Award for his work on behalf of Afghan girls and young women and will share his experiences supporting girls’ education in Afghanistan.
  • ​​Syrian artist, activist, and humanitarian Nada Odeh  will discuss her experiences leaving Syria, the current conditions in Syria, and how art can be used as a form of resistance.
  •  James Shultis an LGBT+ rights advocate, community educator, and creative writer currently living in Western Massachusetts.
  • Kate Breslin, President & CEO of the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy will share her experiences working to shape policies to improve health, welfare and human services for all New Yorkers, but especially those most vulnerable.

To register and learn more about this program, including the full list of speakers please go to the web site:

Questions should be sent to

  • Monday through Wednesday, July 9-11
  • 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • NYSUT 800 Troy-Schenectady Road, Latham, NY 12110

Tuition: $125.00 includes: T-shirt, lunches, books and materials. Limited need-based scholarships are available.

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