Breaking into the Human Rights Field

Wednesday, April 17, 2013
6:30PM to 7:30PM
Barnard Career Development Library (Elliott Hall, 2nd Floor)

Come and hear from Barnard alumnae about their journeys in breaking into the Human Rights field!  The panelists include:

  • Jorie Dugan (’11), CoNGO, BRAC USA, Ikamva Labantu, Coalition Against Trafficking in Women
  • Heddy Nam (’04), Open Society Foundations, Amnesty International USA
  • Brittany Pavon Suriel (’09), Teacher’s College International Education Development Program

The speakers’ full biographies are included below. 

Barnard students should RSVP to this event via NACElink (“Events” --> “Programs/Workshops”).  Columbia students can RSVP by e-mailing Valerie Chow at


Jorie Dugan (BC ’11)

Jorie Dugan graduated from Barnard College in 2011. She majored in human rights and psychology and was an Athena Leadership Scholar.  While attending Barnard, Jorie was president of the Columbia Child Rights Group from 2009-2011.  Following gradation she worked in the Philippines for the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women in their policy and advocacy department, and engaged in research work for the organization.  Jorie spent the spring of that year in South Africa, working for Ikamva Labantu, a NGO that works in the Cape Town Townships.  There, Jorie focused on research to develop early childhood development training for caregivers of orphans and vulnerable children.  In the summer of 2012, Jorie returned to New York and began working for BRAC USA, as the special assistant to the CEO.  With her recent decision to attend law school, Jorie is now taking time off from full time work to study for the LSAT.  Jorie currently is treasurer and sits on the steering committee of the Child Rights Committee of the Conference of NGOs with consultative relationship with the United Nations (CoNGO).


Heddy Nam (BC ’04)

Heddy Nam received her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Human Rights Studies from Barnard College in 2004.  Since then she has worked in human rights and social justice advocacy for seven years.  During that time, she worked with Amnesty International USA for four and a half years on campaigns to combat gender-based violence, address crimes against humanity, protect human rights defenders and abolish the death penalty in the United States.  She has also worked abroad in Rwanda, Cambodia and India as well as on local and domestic campaigns in New York City and the United States.  For the past two years, she has been working in social justice philanthropy at Open Society Foundations.  In her current role, she works with grantees in the US that work on building power in marginalized communities through civic engagement, organizing and advocacy on a range of social justice issues: from voting rights, immigrant rights, low-wage worker issues and issues of economic inequality.  She will be pursuing graduate studies in public policy in the fall - and she is still currently deciding on which school to attend.


Brittany Pavon Suriel (BC ’09)

Brittany Pavon Suriel graduated from Barnard in 2009 with a B.A. in anthropology and human rights studies.  After graduating, Brittany has struggled “breaking into” the NGO/non-profit sector and would like to share some of her experiences and struggles.  She was recently accepted into Teachers College and will begin the International Educational Development program with a concentration in peace and human rights education this summer.  She is interested in post-conflict education and her goal is to work with refugees and internally displaced persons in Eastern Africa.


Apr. 17, 2013 - 6:30 PM