2015 Oak Human Rights Fellow Jodi Koberinski works alongside students to build puppets that help promote her work in food sovereignty.


The Oak Institute for Human Rights was established in 1997 by a generous grant from the Oak Foundation. Each year, it hosts an Oak Human Rights Fellow to teach and conduct research while residing at the College. The Institute organizes lectures and other events centered around the fellow’s area of expertise.

The Oak Institute has hosted fellows from all over the world including Zimbabwe, the Philippines, Israel, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Each fellow brings a different aspect on human rights and contributes greatly to students’ understanding of major human rights issues around the world.

Read more about each Oak Fellow:

2018 Oak Fellow: Bassam Khabieh

2017 Oak Fellow: Jinyan Zeng

2016 Oak Fellow: Khalid Albaih

2015 Oak Fellow: Jodi Koberinski

2014 Oak Fellow: Clare Byarugaba

2013 Oak Fellows: Maung Maung Than & Mya Nandar Aung

2012 Oak Fellow: Zandile Nhlengetwa

2011 Oak Fellow: Fatima Burnad

2010 Oak Fellow: Jestina Mukoko

2009 Oak Fellow: Hadas Ziv

2008 Oak Fellow: Afsan Chowdhury

2007 Oak Fellow: Nancy Sanchez

2006 Oak Fellow: Joan Omaming Carling

2005 Oak Fellow: Dr. Frances Lovemore

2004 Oak Fellow: Chanthol Oung

2003 Oak Fellow: Raji Sourani

2002 Oak Fellow: Ushari Mahmud

Oak Fellows-2013_JLB74762001 Oak Fellow: Sevdie Ahmeti

2000 Oak Fellow: Hector Hernan Mondragon Baez

1999 Oak Fellow: Didier Kamundu Batundi

1998 Oak Fellow: Zafaryab Ahmed