Damir S. Utržan is a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT), in addition to, doctoral candidate in family social science with a couple and family therapy specialization. He will defend his dissertation in August of 2017 and immediately thereafter begin a post-doctoral fellowship in the Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Health at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Damir’s research focus is on the intersection of clinical practice and human rights.
Farah AlHaddad just graduated from Macalester College with a Political Science major with a Human Rights and Humanitarianism concentration. She came to the United States on a full scholarship to attend the United World College (UWC) in New Mexico, before she came to Minnesota. Farah is passionate about migration issues and has interned at the Advocates for Human Rights’ Refugee and Immigrant Program. She is currently involved in the UWC Syrian National Committee which selects students to attend a two-year IB program on full/partial scholarships. She would like to continue working in the human rights field in the future.
Julianna Carlson is currently completing her Masters in Public Health in Maternal & Child Health, with a minor in Health Equity. Julianna earned her B.A. from Macalester College in 2011, where she studied developmental psychology and assisted with faculty research on adolescent stress responses to familial conflict. Julianna has spent many years working directly with children and families in schools and early childhood settings, and she is interested in approaching child development and women’s health through a public health lens. She is excited for the opportunity to work with CIC and explore the intersections between human rights and public health.
Natasha Moore received her Bachelor’s of Arts degree at the University of Minnesota studying Sociology and African American & African Studies. During that time she discovered her love for research and how it can be used as a tool to fight for the liberation of Black peoples across the globe. Her research projects and interests include community organizing theory and practice, defining whiteness and exploring the abolition of whiteness, the Black radical tradition, the Afro-Caribbean radical tradition, as well as urban Black thought and praxis. She is continuing her research as a PhD candidate in Sociology with a Black Studies emphasis at the University of California, Santa Barbara.