Ejim Dike

Undergraduate Discipline

Politics

BS, Berea College. MUP, Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, New York University. Human rights and social policy advocate with more than 20 years of experience in the field. Special interest in promoting human rights accountability in the United States. Experienced in building United Nations literacy for grassroots activists. Served for several years as the chief executive officer of a national human rights organization with more than 300 organizational members. Currently working as a consultant with nonprofit organizations, supporting with program design, organizational development, and facilitation. Featured at The Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, Georgia. Co-hosts show on global feminism and has been featured as an expert by numerous media outlets, including MSNBC, Al Jazeera, Harper’s Magazine, and The Nation. SLC, 2019-

Undergraduate Courses 2018-2019

Politics

Freedom from Irony: Reclaiming Human Rights for Communities of Color

Open , 3-credit seminar—Spring

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. This presumption of inherent dignity and equal rights, including the duty of the state to ensure that all human beings are able to claim them, is enshrined in international human rights law and is also the basis of the Declaration of Independence. Yet, an uncomfortable irony has historically existed in human rights discourse, not to mention the history of the United States. While human rights norms, laws, and mechanisms were being forged in the modern era, colonialism, legalized segregation, and other forms of institutionalized oppression were actively practiced by some of the most ardent champions of the cause. The resulting discourse around human rights has centered on the lives of the white heterosexual property owners, with the experiences of other communities marginalized. Groups living under colonial, racial, and gender oppression not only find their experiences sidelined in human rights discourse, but also regularly have their human rights undermined. Notwithstanding the sidelining of their experience, groups living under colonization and racial oppression have also been some of the most ardent believers in the promise of human rights. Their work enabled the establishment and use of human rights accountability mechanisms. How have and are these groups using human rights mechanisms to advance justice in the United States? In an age where real, perceived, and manufactured threats to safety are used to undermine human rights, how do people whose existence has been defined in mainstream rhetoric as threatening claim the inalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness? What do human rights look like from a perspective that prioritizes the experiences of people oppressed by structures of white supremacy and patriarchy? This course will engage these questions by examining what it means and takes to secure human rights from the perspective of women of color. There are no prerequisites for this course except an open and inquisitive mind and a willingness to share and interrogate ideas respectfully.

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