Michaela Catherine Linehan
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This semester, POL 334 has provided my classmates and I with the opportunity to make valuable connections to international human rights by applying them to the local level. We have been able to gather research that finds how the Sustainable Development Goals are relevant to local issues in Dayton. In hopes that Dayton will eventually become a Human Rights City, my research taught be about the interconnectedness between the 17 SDGs. While I am very passionate about food justice, my research extended far beyond and I was able to learn more about the issues that are relevant to Dayton. Some of my research focused on areas where Dayton falls short in upholding human rights, however I did come across great instances of resilience that make me proud to have lived in Dayton for the last eight years. In my work, I was able to continue to see the importance of hope in advocacy. I have ultimately come to learn how effective advocacy relies on certain techniques such as community engagement. I am hopeful the students of POL 334 have played an integral part of the first steps towards making Dayton a Human Rights City.
Tony Neil Talbott
Primary Advisor's Department
Human Rights Center
Stander Symposium project, College of Arts and Sciences, Human Rights Center
"Human Rights Cities: Applying SDG 2 to Dayton, Ohio" (2020). Stander Symposium Projects. 2049.