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Bard College Assistant Dean for Civic Engagement Brian Mateo Among the Speakers at UNA-USA’s 2019 Global Engagement Summit at United Nation’s Headquarters

Mark Primoff
Bard College Assistant Dean for Civic Engagement Brian Mateo
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.— Brian Mateo, assistant dean, Bard Center for Civic Engagement, and director of strategic partnerships, Bard Globalization and International Affairs Program, will moderate a human rights panel at the United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA) 2019 Global Engagement Summit, which takes place Friday, February 22, from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. at UN headquarters in New York, NY. Panelists will discuss how rights advocates on a diversity of issues—including criminal justice, the SDGs, LGBTI equality, and asylum—have strategically used UN institutions, tools, and mechanisms to generate change.

Panelists include:

·      H.E. Mr. Milenko E. Skoknic Tapia, Permanent Representative of Chile to the UN
·      Soffiyah Elijah, Executive Director, Alliance of Families for Justice
·      Sam Brinton, Head of Advocacy and Government Affairs, The Trevor Project
·      Kelly Razzouk, Director of Policy and Advocacy, International Rescue Committee

The Global Engagement Summit brings together over 1,500 grassroots organizers and world leaders to discuss some of the world’s most critical issues. To learn more about the Summit, please click here.

You can watch the event live on Please follow the UNA-USA’s social media platforms to stay updated.

Twitter: @UNAUSA
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About The Bard Center for Civic Engagment
Civic engagement is at the core of Bard’s institutional mission, reflecting the fundamental belief that higher-education institutions can and should operate in the public interest. Bard uses its campus and resources to develop and support robust and sustainable partnerships to address local, national, and global problems; reach underserved populations; and tackle critical issues of education and public policy. The Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) at Bard College supports, coordinates, and promotes a wide array of student and institutional initiatives—from the student-initiated Trustee Leader Scholar Program, to the public high school early college movement and degree-granting programs in prisons, to international dual-degree partnerships with universities in Kyrgyzstan, East Jerusalem, and Russia. For more information, visit

About Bard College
Founded in 1860, Bard College is a four-year residential college of the liberal arts and sciences located 90 miles north of New York City. With the addition of the Montgomery Place estate, Bard’s campus consists of nearly 1,000 parklike acres in the Hudson River Valley. It offers bachelor of arts, bachelor of science, and bachelor of music degrees, with majors in nearly 40 academic programs; graduate degrees in 11 programs; nine early colleges; and numerous dual-degree programs nationally and internationally. Building on its 158-year history as a competitive and innovative undergraduate institution, Bard College has expanded its mission as a private institution acting in the public interest across the country and around the world to meet broader student needs and increase access to liberal arts education. The undergraduate program at our main campus in upstate New York has a reputation for scholarly excellence, a focus on the arts, and civic engagement. Bard is committed to enriching culture, public life, and democratic discourse by training tomorrow’s thought leaders. For more information about Bard College, visit

The United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA) is a grassroots movement of Americans who support the vital work of the United Nations in U.S. communities, colleges, and Congress. For more than 75 years, UNA-USA and its national network of 20,000 members and 200 Chapters have promoted strong U.S. leadership at the UN through advocacy campaigns, youth engagement, outreach programs, and public events. Learn more.


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This event was last updated on 02-13-2019