International Luncheon Speaker
Keith David Watenpaugh
Professor and Director of Human Rights Studies
University of California, Davis
Keith David Watenpaugh is Professor and Director of Human Rights Studies at the University of California, Davis, and teaches courses in Human Rights, Genocide, and Humanitarianism. Since 2013, Watenpaugh has directed an international multi-disciplinary research project to assist refugee university students and scholars fleeing the war in Syria. This project has garnered support from the Carnegie Corp. of New York, the Open Society Foundations and the Ford Foundation.
His team developed and deployed in the Middle East, the Article 26 Backpack™ -- The Universal Human Rights Tool for Academic Mobility. At its core, it provides refugee young people with a way to safely store and share with universities, scholarship agencies, credential evaluation services, and even employers their educational background, employment history, professional achievements and goals. The Backpack builds connection and inclusion. Watenpaugh is an expert on human rights and refugees in the Middle East. He has lived and worked in Syria, Turkey, Lebanon, Armenia, Iraq and Egypt.