M.T.S., J.D., is the Director of both the International Human Rights Program and the Center on Rights Development at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies as well as the Buddhist Chaplain at the University of Denver. He is a graduate of Harvard Divinity School where he studied comparative religion and was appointed as the first Buddhist Chaplain at Harvard University by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, and a graduate of Northeastern University School of Law where he focused on critical legal studies and prisoner’s rights. Before coming to the University of Denver he was at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington, DC.
A German native, Lynnette is a second year MA Candidate pursuing a degree in International Human Rights, as well as a certificate in Global Health Affairs. Prior to coming to the University of Denver, she received her BA in International Affairs and German from the University of Colorado at Boulder, focusing on human rights violations in sexual orientation-based asylum proceedings and policies in Western Europe. At Korbel, she has primarily focused on the design and implementation of community-empowerment based health programs, as well as harm reduction strategies for male and Trans* sex worker populations. Lynnette comes to CORD with a strong background in social justice and community organizing, and has worked with a variety of organizations, including Mile High Connects, Boulder Valley Women’s Health Center, the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network (GLSEN), the Open Door Fund, the CU Transgender & Genderqueer Task Force, and Rainbow Alley.
Dina is a second year M.A. Candidate in the International Studies program at Josef Korbel concentrating in environmental security. She received her B.A. in International Studies with minors in History and Government at Centre College, in Danville, KY. Most recently, Dina interned at the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, where she assisted with the Aarhus Convention on public participation, access to justice, and access to information. As a result of her experience, she is interested in researching public participation in environmental decision-making, as well as interdisciplinary solutions to global climate change.
Kathryn is a first year M.A. Candidate in the International Security program and is concentrating in Homeland Security and Intelligence. She received her undergraduate education at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia, earning her B.A. in International Studies with concentrations in Global Development and Environmental Affairs and Minors in Spanish and Sociology in 2013. Last summer, she interned at the Argentine Network for International Cooperation in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her research interests include food security, cybersecurity, and gender and terrorism.
Kylee DiGregorio – Research & Education Coordinator
Kylee is a second year M.A. candidate in the International Human Rights program, focusing on issues of state capacity and quality of governance, as well as state-civil society relations, throughout West Africa. She received her undergraduate education at The Pennsylvania State University, earning a B.A. in Sociology as well as African Studies, and a minor in English Literature. Prior to attending Josef Korbel, Kylee interned in Accra, Ghana with the Self-Help Initiative Support Services, an NGO dedicated to the implementation of initiatives that provide individuals with resources and skills to promote personal development and civic consciousness.
Jordan is a first year M.A. candidate in the International Development program with a certificate in Global Health Affairs and focusing on HIV prevention and gender issues in East Africa. Prior to attending the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, she served as a Peace Corps volunteer for three years in central and northern Mozambique where she developed training models for rural community health workers. Jordan earned her B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Southern California with minors in Peace & Conflict Studies and Psych & Law.
Marissa is a first year M.A. Candidate in International Human Rights with concentrations in development and health. She received her B.A. in International Affairs and Sociology with a minor in Spanish at the University of Georgia in Athens, GA. Marissa has interned at EMILY’s List and the Office of Presidential Correspondence at the White House, located in Washington, DC. She has studied abroad in Stellenbosch, South Africa where she worked at a township teaching adults basic computer skills and interacted with children. As a result of her past experiences, she is interested in educating individuals in developing countries of their human rights, health, and the skills needed to develop personal goals to achieve the various opportunities available to them.
Laura is a second year M.A. candidate in the International Development program with certificates in Global Health and Humanitarian Assistance. She received her undergraduate degree from James Madison University in Virginia, where she majored in History and minored in French. Prior to studying at Korbel, Laura worked as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ukraine from 2009 to 2012. Much of her work in Ukraine provided specialized programming for HIV+ children in the country. Recently, Laura interned at the World Health Organization’s Western Pacific Regional Headquarters in Manila, Philippines, where she worked with the Emergency and Humanitarian Action unit doing disaster surveillance and analysis. Laura currently works in Denver with Project C.U.R.E., a Colorado-based organization that distributes surplus medical supplies and equipment to other countries.
Laurel is a first year M.A. candidate in the International Human Rights Program with an interest in Minority and Indigenous Rights. She received her undergraduate education at the University of Denver, where she earned her B.A. in International Studies with a minor in History. Laurel has interned with Mi Casa Resource Center in Denver, Colorado as a bilingual career coach and she has also worked with the Oglala Lakota Sioux Nation on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota working to improve quality of life on the reservation, while preserving culture.
Paige is a fourth year undergraduate at DU majoring in International Studies and Environmental Science. She has spent time studying in Gaborone, Botswana taking classes in HIV/AIDS, African Sociology and Sub-Saharan water issues. She is interested in working with human health in relation to water security and sanitation with a primary emphasis in Africa.