Social Justice

Advancing human rights and social justice

Around the world, social justice and human rights are more salient than ever, issues like the treatment of women and minorities, the status of refugees and immigrants, equal rights for LBGTQ+ persons, and humanitarian concerns in conflict areas.

Associate Professor Marie Berry is empowering those fighting injustice by bringing together women activists to strengthen their causes with research-backed strategies. Korbel alumna Dian Agustino is among that community of activists. She came to Korbel from Indonesia to learn effective ways to address her country’s most pressing human rights issues, specifically gender-based violence. During her time here, Agustino learned from other activists, working at a local immigration detention center and interning with an organization helping Palestinian refugees in Jordan and Lebanon.

Faculty Spotlight

Rebecca Galemba

Rebecca Galemba

Associate Professor

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Oliver Kaplan

Associate Professor

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Faculty Publications

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Contraband Corridor

The Mexico–Guatemala border has emerged as a geopolitical hotspot of illicit flows of both goods and people. Professor Galemba's book seeks to understand the border from the perspective of its long-term inhabitants, including petty smugglers of corn, clothing, and coffee. Challenging assumptions regarding security, trade, and illegality, Galemba details how these residents engage in and justify extralegal practices in the context of heightened border security, restricted economic opportunities, and exclusionary trade policies.  Read more. 

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Black Patriots and Loyalists

We commonly think of the American Revolution as simply the war for independence from British colonial rule. But, of course, that independence actually applied to only a portion of the American population—African Americans would still be bound in slavery for nearly another century. Professor Gilbert asks us to rethink what we know about the Revolutionary War, to realize that while white Americans were fighting for their freedom, many black Americans were joining the British imperial forces to gain theirs. Read more. 

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Summer Institute Brings Women Activists Together for Training and Sisterhood

Last year, when Farida Nabourema arrived at the University of Denver for the Inclusive Global Leadership Initiative’s summer institute for women activists, she had her entire life packed in two suitcases. She came to the summer program not to hide or seek refuge, but to learn from the latest research on women-led movements.  

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Human Rights Student Builds Skill Set to Effect Change Back Home in Indonesia

Dian Agustino’s human rights work began at an Islamic boarding school in her native Indonesia. The students at the school were part of the country’s majority population, and with intolerance toward religious minorities growing throughout the region, peace building was Agustino’s mission.

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Professor's Research Investigates Wage Theft Among Colorado Day Laborers

Galemba’s work is driven by immigration and its deep impact on the Denver community. And while wage theft is an issue affecting many underrepresented groups across the country, Denver’s Latino population is particularly hard hit.

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