About Human Rights:

Center Director: Gustie Owens

Contact Information: ako2122@barnard.edu

The Human Rights Center strives to find policy solutions that guarantee essential rights and freedoms for all persons, while working to expand the reach and acceptance of human rights as a normative framework. Last year, the Human Rights Center spearheaded the BarnardNoAramark campaign, successfully organizing a boycott and campus-wide campaign to encourage Barnard to switch dining providers due to Aramark’s record of human rights abuses and investment in mass incarceration. During the 2019-2020 school year, Human Rights Center Director Gustie Owens hopes to move the human rights towards thinking about housing equity in the local area. The Center will engage the local community to gauge the concerns of current and former residents impacted by Columbia’s role as a landlord.

Previous Publications: 

2018-2019 Roosevelt Review

Marriage for All: Repealing the Same-Sex Marriage Act in Nigeria by Dotun Adegbite

Homemakers: Creating a Guaranteed Right to Housing Counsel by Justin Holiman

2017-2018 Roosevelt Review

Do More than #CloseRikers: End Solitary Confinement in New York & Close the State's Isolated Confinement Supermaxes by Ali Fraerman

New York's Homeless and Barriers to IDs: Rethinking Documentation Requirements for IDNYC by Emma Bellows

Land of the Free, But Only for the Few: An Examination of the Constitutionality of North Carolina's Farm Act by Emma Gomez

Housing First: Bringing About an End to Homelessness in the Next Decade by Michael Pusic