Sara Cooley, a graduate student at the Gevirtz School at UC Santa Barbara, gained experience in the art of advocacy before the United Nations through sessions held Feb. 26-March 6, in conjunction with meetings of the Commission on the Status of Women at United Nations headquarters in New York City. Cooley was one of 20 women students chosen from across the nation to participate in the practicum, which offered an opportunity to observe how the United Nations works to address issues requiring multilateral engagement and coordinated action. Cooley is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Education, Cultural Perspectives and Comparative Education emphasis.
Cooley gained temporary delegate status, attended official and non-government organization (NGO) sessions, and contributed to the official documentation of both official and NGO meetings. The practicum on the Commission on the Status of Women was sponsored by the Center for Women’s Health and Human Rights at Suffolk University, Boston; the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom and the National Women's Studies Association.
In addition to learning about negotiation, advocacy points, and networking during the conference, Cooley must complete several assignments back on the UCSB campus. At this point her project begins with writing a paper on the experience and on the language and development of advocacy skills. The second step is for Cooley to look at ways to create an educational advocacy course or workshop. The culmination of her project will be to teach a course or moderate a workshop series based on civil society and student advocacy.
[Sara Cooley is available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]
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