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Hunter Student Nelly Gordpour Wins Major Fellowship

Nelly Gordpour, a senior studying Human Rights and Sociology here at Hunter, has been awarded a prestigious Humanity in Action Fellowship in human rights. Nelly has been a Muse Scholar and she's also held a Fellowship for Public Interest Law. Professor Elidor Mehilli, who's been a Senior Fellow with Humanity in Action since 2003, worked closely with Nelly in preparing her for the Fellowship. According to Professor Mehilli, "this year, the highly competitive program received over 500 applications from across the country. Out of those, 4 Hunter students were selected as finalists in 2016 — the most from any university or college in the country." 

A non-profit and non-partisan organization, Humanity in Action educates and engages a global network of students, young professionals and established leaders committed to promoting human rights, diversity and active citizenship—in their own communities and around the world. Fellows have used the knowledge gained in the programs and inspiration from one another to make a difference in public service, journalism, medicine, law, education, the arts, business and grassroots action. Humanity in Action’s unique international network of leaders is a valuable resource to policy-makers, diplomats, educators, business leaders and civic-minded individuals and organizations.

The US Humanity in Action Fellows are selected on the basis of their high academic standing, active civic participation in human rights issues, and exceptional recommendations. In addition to the US Fellows, Humanity in Action selects Fellows from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, Poland, and Ukraine. They will all gather for programs in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Berlin, Copenhagen, Paris, and Warsaw, where they will explore national histories of discrimination and resistance—including anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and racism—as they affect different minority groups today.



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