On December 10, SGISD hosted a panel on Boston Human Rights City as part of our celebration of International Human Rights Day. SGISD is part of the Boston Human Rights City Initiative. The initiative seeks to implement the resolution adopted by the Boston City Council on April 13, 2011, declaring Boston a Human Rights City, and build a culture of human rights in the city. The panel was moderated by SGISD graduate Dr. Elena K. Taborda. Panelists included Dr. Reyes Coll-Tellechea, Commissioner on the Boston Human Rights Commission and UMass Boston faculty member; Dr. Sindiso Mini Weeks, SGISD faculty member…


Now is the time to think about applying for 2021! Don’t miss the chance to get questions answered about our masters’ and certificate programs. Also, undergrads can learn about saving time and money with our accelerated masters’ programs in either Global Inclusion & Social Development, or Rehabilitation Counseling! Learn more at our February information sessions! Global Inclusion Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 12:00 PM ET Monday, February 22, 2021 at 12:00 PM ET (accelerated master’s program) Rehabilitation Counseling Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 6:00 PM ET Monday, February 22, 2021 at 5:00 PM ET (accelerated master’s program) Transition Leadership Thursday…


PhD student Dadasaheb Tandale was interviewed on Muslim Network TV’s NextGen program about caste-based sexual violence in India. In the interview, Dadasaheb shares data about how socially oppressed groups such as Dalit women are at elevated risk for rape and other crimes, with few legal consequences for those who commit these acts of violence due to structural and institutional castism.

“This is not a crime motivated by sexual desire but caste rage and to suppress the already oppressed communities in the society,” Dadasaheb said. “While the recent story of the gang rape of a 19-year-old Dalit young woman has been…


A new article in the Journal of Disability Policy Studies examines disability inclusion at four U.S. federal agencies. The article’s co-authors include SGISD’s Dr. Valerie Karr; PhD students Krista Geden, Jim Murphy, and Uchenna Nwangwu; and former SGISD student Ashley Van Edema.

“We examined four major federal agencies to assess the extent of disability inclusion within their policies, assistance programs, employment, and physical infrastructure,” Dr. Karr explained.

“I enjoyed working with the team on this project and seeing how empirical research informs practice in a collaborative way for enhancing disability inclusion across the globe,” Nwangwu said.

Congratulations to the co-authors on this publication!


Get an insider’s view and explore our Global Inclusion & Social Development program, and meet faculty and students by attending a virtual class as a guest! During the weeks of October 19 through 23, and October 26 through 30, we are opening many of our classes and inviting you to join one or more. This inside opportunity is a great way to help you decide if our program is right for you.

Here is a list of classes to choose from:


Now is the time to think about applying for 2021! Don’t miss the chance to get questions answered about our programs and your application. Learn more at our October global inclusion information session on Tuesday, October 20 online at noon ET.

You could apply for a master’s degree in Global Inclusion and Social Development and become a leader in helping create a more inclusive society, with social justice and development skills for use in both practice and policy. …


BIPOC, immigrant, bilingual, and low-income families have been particularly hard hit by COVID-19. In mid-March 2020, UMass Boston’s Asian American Studies Program created the “COVID-19 Outbreak Racism Stories Project” to enable students of color to document and share the effects of the coronavirus outbreak in their everyday lives. Since May, the Digital Storytelling in Asian American Studies Team has presented sample digital stories for various online audiences to highlight some of the many stories and emerging issues of Asian Americans, immigrants, and low-income people in the midst of the pandemic. “These stories have been deep and often painful to hold…


PhD candidate Prisca Tarimo has won an International Fellowship from the American Association of University Women. These fellowships are awarded to university students in the United States who are not U.S. citizens or residents.

The award brings a stipend of $20,000. This will help fund Tarimo’s doctoral research on maternal mortality in her home country of Tanzania.

“I am thrilled to receive this honor,” said Tarimo. “Women in Tanzania have elevated maternal mortality rates, especially in rural and underresourced areas. It’s essential to find solutions that uplift the voices and lived experiences of these women to guide systemic change.”

“My research is based on interviews with Tanzanian women, health workers, as well as review of policy and law to better understand this issue and to recommend solutions that empower Tanzanian women,” Tarimo continued.

Congratulations to Prisca Tarimo on this award!


BIPOC, immigrant, bilingual, and low-income families have been particularly hard hit by COVID-19. In mid-March 2020, UMass Boston’s Asian American Studies Program created the “COVID-19 Outbreak Racism Stories Project” to enable students of color to document and share the effects of the coronavirus outbreak in their everyday lives.

Since May, the Digital Storytelling in Asian American Studies Team has presented sample digital stories for various online audiences to highlight some of the many stories and emerging issues of Asian Americans, immigrants, and low-income people in the midst of the pandemic.

“These stories have been deep and often painful to hold…


On October 7–9, the UMass Boston Consortium on Gender, Security & Human Rights will host an online symposium: Confronting the Climate Crisis: Feminist Pathways to Just and Sustainable Futures.

This symposium will examine the ways proposed responses to climate change may themselves pose environmental risks, as well as deepening existing gender, racial, and global inequalities. The event will highlight the work being done by diverse feminist thinkers to create the radical solutions that the crisis demands, proposing fundamental shifts in the dominant global economic model.

The focus will be on intersectional feminist analysis, with an emphasis on global justice and sustainability.

The symposium is free and open to all. Register here!

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