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Human Rights Meet Up – Spring Quarter

April 18, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm


At COHRE, the year’s overarching research theme has been displacement. Join us for our final Human Rights Meet Up of the year as we wrap up the topic of displacement with a discussion on refugees with Denver area professors and academics with research on the topic.

Brenda Chen, (CU Boulder)
Travis Weiner (CU Boulder)
Scott Johns, J.D. (Sturm College of Law)
Katherine Tennis, PhD (JKSIS)

Dinner will be provided.

Brenda Chen:
Xiaoling “Brenda” Chen, expects to receive her Master’s degree in Medical Anthropology and Pre-MPH Certificate in Public Health Science in Summer 2018. Her co-authored manuscript on refugee health “Barriers Refugee Families Face When Attempting to Attain ‘Self-Sufficiency’ in Denver, CO” is under preparation for publication, and she will present the paper at the 2018 Society for Applied Anthropology Annual Meeting. She is a Graduate Fellow at the Scholars Strategy Network, aiming at promoting advocacy efforts among academia, improving policies and strengthening democracy. Brenda is interested in Migrant Health, Social Determinants of Health, Health Equality among Vulnerable Populations, Applied Anthropology, and Research Practice Partnerships. Prior to this, she had five-year corporate management consulting experience in Climate Change, Environmental Compliance, Sustainability, Human Rights and Corporate Social Responsibility.

Travis Weiner:
Travis Weiner enlisted in the Army at 18, and served with the 502nd Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, for two tours in Iraq. Upon leaving the Military, Travis attended the University of Massachusetts – Boston, graduating in 2012. During college,Travis became involved in the Veterans for Peace movement, and assisted in food and clothing donations for local Iraqi refugee populations in Northern Massachusetts. In 2015, Travis left Home Base to attend Law School in Boulder, Colorado, where he will be a 3rd year law student next fall.

Travis is also a leader of the Colorado Chapter of Veterans for American Ideals, a D.C. based group of Veterans who advocate on Capital Hill, and in various state houses for immigration and refugee legislation that allow for Iraqis, Afghans, Syrians, and others in the middle east affected by U.S. military action in the region to obtain safe passage and legal travel documents to come to the United States and that allow them to realize their full potential once they are resettled in the United States – especially those who assisted the U.S. Military, and who along with their families became marked for death as a result of that assistance.

Scott Johns:
Scott Johns teaches legal analysis, individual rights, and refugee law courses at the University of Denver and has several years of firsthand practice as an immigration attorney. Most recently, Scott has twice served as a volunteer field attorney representing refugees seeking asylum in Europe, and he directs the Refugee Advocacy Project at DU Law in which students draft tailored human rights country condition reports on behalf of refugees with pending asylum cases in Europe

Katherine Tennis:
Kate Tennis is a Teaching Assistant Professor at Korbel.
She holds a PhD in International Relations from American University in Washington DC, and teaches courses at DU on topics surrounding development and human security. Other research interests include refugees, border security, irregular migration, and transnational security cooperation.


This will be in SIE Complex 1020.

This event is free, but please RSVP Here.