During the past few weeks, the energy around the Human Rights Center at the U of MN Law School has been increasing exponentially. All staff members are busy preparing for the arrival of the 2013-2014 Fellows, which is tomorrow! So far we have held the Host Family Orientation, to inform the Host Families on what they will be doing and how to assist their Fellows as they acclimate to Minnesota, and met with this years Research Fellows. The Research Fellows are current students at the University of Minnesota Law School who will help the Fellows with their various presentations and projects throughout the school year. We’re eager to see all the great work that they will do.
The Human Rights Center has also begun to prepare various activities for the Fellows before they begin their academic work. This includes volunteer opportunities around the Twin Cities, exploring the U of MN campus as well as the surrounding area, and fun Minneapolis things like exploring the Walker Art Center Sculpture Garden and canoeing on Lake Calhoun.
This years Fellows come from a variety of countries, mainly focused in Africa and South-East Asia. The topics that they are experts in range from sex trafficking to criminal prosecution, health care education to juvenile defendants. These Fellows have much to teach us, and hopefully we’ll be able to teach them some things as well. The careers of the Fellows involve a judge, lawyers, NGO workers, and many other valuable professions. We look forward to sharing the experiences of the 2013-2014 Humphrey Year with them, and wish the Fellows a big Minnesota welcome!