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The 2021 Human Rights Symposium Program

2021 Teen Summer Symposium on Human Rights

Thank you for your interest in our program.

We are so excited to share with you a summer experience filled with opportunities to connect with social justice leaders, develop new skills, and make new friends. We are in the process of developing the 2021 program. Check back frequently for updates.  

In response to COVID-19 and to ensure the safety of our participants and speakers, the Teen Summer Symposium is going virtual. All of our workshops and panels will be hosted online.

Below you’ll find some of this summer’s speakers: 

  • We are excited to welcome Jack Einstein, founder of the I AM Human Project. He will discuss youth activism and supporting LGBTQ+ students in schools.
  • We are thrilled to welcome back Total Equity Now founder, Joe Rogers. Achieving educational justice—like other struggles for justice—requires that those most directly affected by the injustices know their rights and hold their elected officials and policymakers accountable for at least following the law, he will lead participants in a discussion of their educational rights. Learn more about his work here.
  • Learn about how to amplify your voice and impact your community with the Capital District Writing Project. Presenters will lead participants in activities focused on using writing as a tool for change.
  • Corinne Tagliarina, director of the Human Rights Advocacy program at Utica College, will discuss her research on the Human Right to Water. In 2020, Ms. Tagliarina co-authored a book titled Bringing Human Rights Back; Embracing Human Rights as a Mechanism for Addressing Gaps in United States Law

In addition to hearing from international and nationally recognized human rights advocates and educators, participants will also have the opportunity to choose virtual workshops to attend. Here are some of the topics we will cover: 

  • Economic Justice
  • Racial Justice
  • Environmental Justice 
  • Women’s Rights
  • LGBT+ Equality
  • Slam Poetry
  • Civic Engagement and Digital Organizing 
  • Fake News and Media Literacy during COVID-19
  • Watch our YouTube video to learn more

Dates and Times
Monday through Wednesday, June 28 – June 30
Tuition: $75.00
Virtually held.

Now in its seventh year, The 2021 Teen Summer Symposium on Human Rights is a three-day workshop open to incoming high school freshmen through graduating seniors, who are interested in history, social justice, politics, and international relations. The goals of the Teen Summer Symposium are to provide participants with a deeper understanding of human rights history and humanitarian issues today and inspire them to have a positive impact on the world.

Participants in the 2021 Teen Summer Symposium will have the opportunity to work with teachers and community leaders and hear from human rights experts and advocates.

Through participating in learning activities and discussions, participants will gain the knowledge, know-how, and network to help them make a difference.

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