An Interview Series with CAPA's Human Rights Conference Student Volunteers
CAPA recently organized and hosted a Human Rights Conference in London where were were joined via global network technology by staff and students in the Dublin and Florence centers as well as our hub, Boston. To prepare for the event, a handful of hard-working, creative and dedicated students volunteered to be involved in a number of ways, from editing footage to create videos, to registering guests, to setting up the room and a break room, to taking photographs on the day.
Below, we've caught up with five students volunteers to find out more about their interest in human rights and what this event meant for them both personally and professionally.
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Rachel Morrell is a social work major from Auburn University.
CAPA WORLD: Why did you decide to volunteer at CAPA’s Human Rights Conference?
RACHEL MORRELL: I decided to volunteer at the human rights conference because as a social work major, I’m typically involved with a lot of vulnerable populations. I like to work with elderly individuals living with dementia as well as their care givers. This was a really great opportunity for me to learn more about individuals who have been falsely imprisoned, which is something that I’m really passionate to know more about.
CW: Has studying abroad given you greater insight into human rights issues?
RM: I definitely think that studying abroad has helped me understand more about human rights issues in a global context. There is a huge variety of issues here that I’m not used to, coming from a small town of Auburn, Alabama. Being in London is definitely very different. I’ve learned that every issue is different but no issue is more important than another. I think that all populations need equal amounts of help in so many different ways.