D.C. Human Rights Alumni

“My experience during the D.C. Human Rights Seminar completely altered my understanding of world politics and social change."  - student participant 

The Washington D.C. Human Rights Seminar provides an experiential learning opportunity for students to engage with human rights policy at national and international levels. While in D.C., students participate in intensive seminars and briefings with a variety of institutions and policy makers.

The D.C. impact

Since 1991, more than 500 students have participated in the D.C. Seminar, which is often referenced as one of their most formative learning experiences. D.C.  alumni include a civil rights lawyer, a health policy maker, an environmental justice activist, and racial equity leader. Learn how the D.C. Seminar has impacted their lives.

Featured alumni

Morgan Mentzer ('04) is co-founder and executive director of Lavender Rights Project (LRP). LRP offers multiple services, including legal aid, mediation, information clinics, and actively participates in coalition-building that connects the queer and trans community to culturally competent legal service providers. 

Learn more about Morgan

Courtney McCurdy ('03) is the Refugee Program Consultant for North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services where she supports refugee agencies at a policy level after many years of direct service. Courtney aims to educate communities on who refugees are, where they come from, and the benefits they bring.

Learn more about Courtney

More alumni stories

Alumni, how has the D.C. Seminar influenced you? Email your story to iasalum@uw.edu

D.C. reunion

D.C. alumni reunited in 2015 to share memories and discover opportunities for collaboration, learning, and philanthropy. Guests enjoyed a special message from program founder Bob Schultz, an alumni slide show, and 25th birthday cake! The reunion also marked the launch of the Washington D.C. Seminar Travel Assistance Fund.

See reunion photos and hear alumni reflect on their D.C. experiences.    

D.C. alumni, join the D.C. LinkedIn group to connect with other participants!