Concord University Students Attend International Human Rights Conference

For Immediate Release: 
Jun 16 2009

CONTACT: Anita Moody, Director, Public Relations/Marketing

Concord University Students Attend International Human Rights Conference

Athens, W.Va. – Students from an international social work course at Concord University attended the International and Interdisciplinary Conference held at Davis & Elkins College in Elkins, W.Va. (Randolph County), April 17 and 18, 2009.

The main topic of the conference was “Human Rights, International Law and Collective Violence.” Students and professionals from many disciplines and different nationalities presented research on a variety of human rights and collective violence topics.

Concord students who attended the conference were Sabrina Satterfield from Hopewell, Va., Parisa Bigdeli from Herndon, Va., Melissa Smith from Hinton, W.Va., and Rebecca Gouty from South Charleston, W.Va. The conference was part of a social work course taught by Dr. Ellen Darden, professor of social work at Concord University.

“It has to be one of the best conferences I have ever attended,” said Dr. Darden. “I was asked to chair a panel and introduce presenters, which I gladly did.”

Dr. Darden explained that the conference was a great complement to the international social work course, and it helped her students understand the coursework better. One of the students, Parisa Bidgeli, presented her research on “Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking: Current Policies.”

“Parisa did a good job with her presentation and answered questions very well,” said Dr. Darden. “All of the students who attended were very interested in human rights issues and were involved by asking informed questions and providing informed responses. I am very pleased with how Concord presented itself.”

The conference was held at Davis & Elkins for the first time and is part of an ongoing series of conferences focusing on aspects of human rights organized by The Center for Spirituality, Ethics and Global Awareness.


CONCORD UNIVERSITY NOTES: Svilen Trifonov, a student intern in the Public Relations office at Concord University, wrote this press release.