College to Host 7th Annual United Nations Teachers Conference on Human Rights

Release Date: Thursday, March 29, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Chestnut Hill College will host the 7th Annual United Nations Conference on Teaching Peace and Human Rights on Thursday, March 29 at 9:30 a.m. in the East Parlor, St. Joseph Hall. This conference, a United Nations Academic Impact Event and sponsored by Global Education Motivators (GEM), will feature experts in the field of human rights and peace education. 


Participants will get the chance to engage in a variety of workshops to prepare for international dialogue on teaching peace and human rights in a multicultural world. Speakers include Ellen Firestone of Youth for Human Rights, Sam Rayla Melchor Santos, founder and president of McKinley Hill International School and Leadership Academy for Children in the Philippines. Participants will also get the opportunity to interact with students and teachers from Philadelphia High School for Peace and Social Justice.


Ramu Damodaran, chief of the UN Academic Impact Initiative will deliver the conference keynote speech. Damodaran is Deputy Director for Partnerships and Public Engagement in the United Nations Department of Public Information’s Outreach Division and is chief of the United Nations Academic Impact initiative, which aligns institutions of higher learning and research with the objectives of the United Nations and each other. He is also the current secretary of the United Nations Committee on Information. His earlier posts with the organization have included the Departments of Peacekeeping and Special Political Questions, as well as the Executive Office of the Secretary-General.


On Friday, March 30, participants will travel to the United Nations and participate in an international video-conference dialogue on teaching peace and human rights with educators from Canada, India, Mexico, Pakistan, and the Philippines for the purposes of learning, networking, and broadening perspectives on teaching peace.


The conference fee is $35, and is open to the public. An additional fee of $35 is required to participate in the second day of the conference. Transportation to the United Nations is available. For more information or to register, please contact Stephanie Raible at