Thursday, November 5, 2020 - 3:00pm to 5:30pm
Friday, November 6, 2020 - 3:00pm to 5:30pm


MCC UN Office Student Seminar, November 5-6, 2020**


Applications to attend this seminar are now closed. We thank everyone who applied. 


UN Secretary General Antonio Gúterres has said COVID-19 is like an x-ray, revealing fractures in the world and “the delusion that we live in a post-racist world, the myth that we are all in the same boat.” Inequality defines our current time – in health, economics, and racial injustice. In this online, two-day, five-hour seminar, students will:

  • Explore the intersection of global inequality, UN public policy, and faith-based advocacy
  • Learn from leaders engaging global inequality from the fields of UN diplomacy, international human rights law, international NGOs, racial justice, and church/religion
  • Learn about the work of the UN and about MCC and faith-based advocacy
  • Engage a mix of plenary sessions, small groups, and mini-seminars offering high interaction with experts
  • Connect and learn with students from other schools across the U.S. and Canada
  • Apply learnings to their own context


** The 2020 online seminar will consist of two sessions:

November 5, 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm and

November 6, 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm (Eastern Time). 

Students are required to attend both sessions.


Confirmed presenters include: 

Ms. Dominique Day is the Chair of the UN Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent, a fact-finding body mandated by the UN Human Rights Council to investigate and report on the situation of people of African descent globally. She is a human rights attorney who also leads Daylight, an access to justice platform for intersectional racial justice and an accelerator for anti-racist practices in operations. Internationally, her policy and capacity-building work focuses heavily on racial justice, with particular focus on people of African descent, including in post-conflict and transitional States. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and a juris doctor from Stanford Law School.

Ms. Bani Dugal, Principal Representative, Bahá'í International Community's United Nations Office. Has served as co-facilitator of the UN GEAR campaign (Gender Equality Architecture Reform), President of the NGO Committee on Freedom of Religion or Belief, Chair of the NGO Committee on the Status of Women, and member of the Steering Committee of the NGO Committee on UNICEF’s Working Group on Girls.

Mr. Ziad El Sayegh, Policies Advisor, Middle East Council of Churches. Expert on public policy, refugees, peace negotiations in the Middle East, Christian–Muslim dialogue, citizenship and religious freedom.

Rev. Dr. David Emmanuel Goatley, Research Professor of Theology and Black Church Studies, Director of the Office of Black Church Studies, Duke University Divinity School. Has served in leadership with the Lott Carey Baptist Foreign Mission Society, the Baptist World Alliance, and the World Council of Churches.

Ms. Elissa Golberg is Assistant Deputy Minister for Strategic Policy at Global Affairs Canada. She is also currently the department’s Champion for Innovation and Experimentation, and Head of Performance Management and Results. Ms. Golberg has held several senior Canadian government roles, including Assistant Deputy Minister – Partnerships for Development Innovation (2015-17); Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations (Geneva) and to the Conference on Disarmament (2011-15); Director-General of the Stabilization and Reconstruction Task Force (2009-11), and Representative of Canada in Kandahar, Afghanistan (2008-9). 

Mr. Elliott Harris, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development and Chief Economist (from Trinidad and Tobago).

Professor Michael Lynk, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian Territory (from Canada).

Dr. Youssef Mahmoud, Senior Advisor at the International Peace Institute supporting the sustainable development and peace operations programs and serves as focal point on prevention and mediation policies and practices. He is a former UN Under-Secretary-General and has headed peace operations in Burundi, the Central African Republic, and Chad. Prior to these assignments, he held other senior UN positions, notably as United Nations Resident Coordinator in Guyana, Director in the UN Department of Political Affairs, and Head of the Office of the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs.

Ms. María Viñuela Rodríguez, Humanitarian Affairs Officer specialized in gender and protection of civilians. European Union Delegation to the United Nations in New York.

Dr. Paulus Widjaja, Mennonite theologian, co-author of A Culture of Peace: God’s Vision for the Churchand Director of the Center for the Study and Promotion of Peace at Duta Wacana Christian University in Indonesia. He has served as leader of the Peace Commission for Mennonite World Conference.


Click here to see full presenter biographies and mini-seminar topics

Click here to see the full seminar schedule

Applications to attend this seminar are now closed. We thank everyone who applied. 

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