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Tracy Baumgardt holds a MPP and a Graduate Minor in Human Rights. She is currently a human rights field officer with Peace Brigades International in Nepal. Tracy has helped to provide an analysis of the human rights and security situation of three key districts in eastern Nepal. Click here for publications documenting PBI's work in Nepal.

Michael Satterberg, who also graduated in 2010 with a Masters of Liberal Studies and a human rights minor, works at the Executive Assistant at Temple Israel in Minneapolis, an organization active in various social justice causes. Additionally, Michael is the current Vice President of theWells Foundation. The Wells Foundation is a non-profit organization that supports fundamental societal change through innovative and entrepreneurial action. For over 130 years, the Wells Foundation (and its precursor programs at St. Mark's Cathedral) has supported an outreach mission to the local community. Initially serving women immigrants and disadvantaged families through various social programs, more recently Wells has funded various community groups and projects including Heading Home Hennepin, Loring Nicollet-Bethlehem Community Centers, Neighborhood Involvement Program (NIP), Project for Pride in Living (PPL), The Phoenix Project, and St. Stephens of Minneapolis.

Adepeju Solarin, who graduated from the U with a Masters of Liberal Studies and graduate minor in human rights in 2010, is continuing her education in Freiburg, Germany. She is a PhD candidate in the Research School on Retaliation, Mediation, and Punishment at the University of Freiburg and a junior researcher at the International Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law.

Paul Walters, MPP and human rights minor '10, is currently working in the International Development Department at HealthPartners. His work supports the development of health cooperatives in Uganda. Read more about HealthPartners's work in Uganda here.


Kafia Ahmed, BA in Global Studies and Politic Science '11, is the Program Assistant at Take Action. Currently, Take Action is working to defeat the photo ID amendment that will be on the ballot this fall. Kafia plans on going to graduate school next year for human rights and international affairs.

Anna Meteyer is an undergraduate at the U of M majoring in Global Studies and Art and minoring in Spanish. She is an intern with the Human Rights Program for the summer and has been assisting us with communications needs and research. She's currently putting her art skills to work in creating human rights coasters for distribution at our State Fair booth. After graduating, Anna plans to teach English as a second language or volunteer with the Peace Corps in Latin America before pursuing a graduate or law degree.