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Muse Senior Awarded Prestigious Human Rights Fellowship


Muse Senior Nelly Gordpour was just awarded a prestigious international human rights fellowship with Humanity in Action.


Graduating this Spring, Nelly will receive her BA with a double-major in Sociology and Human Rights at the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College, with a focus on the Middle East and North Africa, and refugees/migration. She has a background in documentary photography, and is in the Muse Scholar Program as well as the Pre-Law Program at Hunter.


Nelly is an associate with the American Iranian Council (AIC), a nonprofit and nonpartisan educational organization dedicate to advancing dialogue and understanding between the United States and Iran. At AIC, she is working on a photography initiative that she conceived to further cultural diplomacy between the U.S. and Iran. Nelly is also currently interning with the Middle East and North Africa Division at Human Rights Watch (HRW). Previously, she worked with the Open Society Foundations (OSF), Magnum Foundation, and was an intern and teaching assistant at the International Center of Photography (ICP).


During her time at Hunter, Nelly pursued a range of student activities. She was a founding member of the Photographers Collective of Hunter College, curated the 2nd Annual Muse Scholars Program Arts Showcase, acted as a student adviser for the Politics, Policy and the Arts series at the Roosevelt House, and was on the Executive Board of TEDxCUNY 2015 “Borders and Belonging.” She also presented her research study on Iranian diaspora at the 2015 Undergraduate Research Conference. After graduation, she plans to attend a graduate program in International Relations, and International Human Rights Law.