Sonoma State to Host Oxford Consortium Workshop

Sonoma State University will host The Oxford Consortium for Human Rights (OCHR) Workshop Series:  Human Rights, Activism, and Community Action from January 11 to 15.

The Consortium currently hosts annual spring and summer workshops for students and faculty in Oxford in collaboration with the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict (ELAC).

With a goal of engaging students and faculty in conversations and skill-building around the theory and practice of community action, the workshop at Sonoma State will kick off the 2024 workshop series.

“We are delighted to once again be partnering with Sonoma State University to host this workshop,” said Professor Sujata Gadkar-Wilcox, OCHR Executive Board Member. The long tradition of civil rights activism in the region’s farmworker community was among the reasons they chose this site, noted Gazkar-Wilxoc, who is Chair of Law and Justice at Quinnipiac University,

“The impact of these workshops for students cannot be overstated,” said Troi Carleton, Dean of SSU’s School of Social Sciences, noting the response of students who participated in 2022.

“Students told us they came in thinking they didn’t belong, and they left knowing they did,” she said. “We are honored and grateful to be in partnership with OCHR and in the work they’re doing to elevate human rights in the world – starting with young people in these workshops.”

Organizers expect about 50 student and faculty participants sponsored to attend by their institutions. Sponsors include Cal State Pomona, Cal State LA, the University of Texas, the University of Oregon, Quinnipiac University, and Northwestern Community College, among others.

Some of the questions that will be considered as participants hear from scholars, engage in discussions and work groups, and learn from local activists:

  • How do we mobilize responses to build compassionate and just communities?
  • How do we integrate the personal and the political?
  • What is the role of international human rights principles on the scale of a small local community?