Graduate Assistants

Aahil Rajpari

Aahil is a Master of Public Administration and Political Science student hoping to pursue a career in foreign service with the United Nations or with the United States Department of State in the future. Born and raised in Hoover, Alabama, Aahil hopes to be able to speak a variety of languages, notably Arabic and Spanish, while working as an Ambassador or a Diplomat. Aahil is currently a member of Good Games UAB and the UAB Green Team, aiming to connect with many students and help them during their time of need.

“Why did I choose the UAB Institute for Human Rights? Simply because I wish to bring into light the news that is often overlooked and misunderstood.”

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Jessica Townsend

Jessica Townsend is a Graduate Student in the Anthropology of Peace and Human Rights Program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She earned her B.A. in Criminal Justice from the University of Alabama, where she focused on the intersectionality of race and gender within prison reform efforts. She has previously interned at the Tuscaloosa Children’s Center, where she advocated for children’s rights and investigated violent crimes against minors. She currently examines communal peace systems and the ways in which positive peace mirrors similar networks in nature so that she may uncover epicenters of peace and their effects on surrounding communal networks.

“I am incredibly honored to work with the Institute for Human Rights, and aid them in fighting for equity, equality, justice and peace.”

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Audrey Shreiner

Audrey Shreiner is a current graduate student in the Anthropology of Peace and Human Rights Program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She recently graduated from St. Norbert College (De Pere, WI) with a double major in Biology and Fine Art. In addition, she has had the opportunity to explore topics such as peace education, environmental usage and social justice through experiential courses and partner organizations both locally and abroad. Audrey works with the Institute for Human Rights in partnership with the Cameroon Humanitarian Relief Initiative.

“I chose the IHR to engage in the working mechanisms of the identification and analysis of human right violations, and the facilitation of positive resolutions.”

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