Chris Westcott, MA

Chris has a BA in environmental studies from Bates College and an MA in international educational development from Columbia University. He has extensive experience working with grassroots human rights NGOs and social change–oriented study abroad programs. Chris’s human rights work has focused predominately on the provision of economic, social, and cultural rights. He has worked on housing and workers’ rights campaigns with the Urban Justice Center and the Freelancers Union in New York City. He was a founding staff member of ENGAGE, where he worked in Thailand and the San Francisco Bay Area on trade justice campaigns affecting the economic rights of farmers and access to affordable medicines for people living with HIV/AIDS. Chris has worked with IHP, first as a traveling faculty member, then as a program manager, since 2012. Earlier, he worked for two years on CIEE Thailand’s study abroad program focusing on globalization and development. He has conducted ethnographic research on the land reform process in post-apartheid South Africa and has done participatory action research on housing rights and educational equity in New York City. He works locally with an array of social and economic justice organizations based in New York.

Education

  • MA, Columbia University
  • BA, Bates College
Chris Westcott, MA

SIT Study Abroad

Program Director

IHP: HUMAN RIGHTS: Movements, Power, and Resistance

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