2018 Seminars

Check out our 2018 seminars below, or download our 2018 prospectus here.

General Information on Seminars

The Global School creates opportunities for community, religious, student and professional leaders from different cultural backgrounds to engage with one another and learn together how to promote and defend human rights through the lens of Salvadoran experience.

We facilitate intensive week-long seminars using a participatory model, through which students and facilitators share in the learning experience. Our courses are based on Cristosal’s original research and programming, and include discussions led by experts working directly with the themes of each seminar. Each seminar also includes community field visits, meetings with Salvadoran leaders, and cultural interchange between Salvadoran participants and international participants (those not from El Salvador or Central America).

Interpretation is provided in all seminars, ensuring both English and Spanish speakers may participate. Seminars vary in depth and intensity, and while most are designed for a wide variety of participants, some are designed for a very specific profile of participant. Please review each seminar description to decide what level you feel is most appropriate. To reflect the difference in depth, intensity, and participant profile, seminars are labelled as follows:

Level 1 Seminars assume basic familiarity with El Salvador and/or human rights, and provide an introduction to Salvadoran history, human rights, and the listed topic.

Level 2 Seminars assume intermediate familiarity with El Salvador and/or human rights. These seminars will review the Salvadoran context, but emphasize deeper theoretical knowledge and more advanced practical application.

Specialized Seminars are geared toward a specific field, and provide opportunities for professionals to build their capacity to be more effective promoters of human rights within their field of work.

The Cristosal Model: Applying a human rights approach to social justice

Dates: February 6-13, 2018
Cost: $970 ($1,220 for a private room)
Registration Deadline: November 5, 2017
Level 1 Seminar
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Cristosal has evolved tremendously since its inception in the early 2000s, from a small ministry of the Anglican Church in El Salvador to a human rights organization on the cutting edge of innovative programming spanning three countries. Throughout this transition, we have been committed to a faithful vision to accompany and learn with the Salvadoran people. Study Cristosal’s history and work as examples of ways to use human rights principles in a variety of contexts, developing tools to support human rights in El Salvador and worldwide. The first offering of this seminar will take place during Cristosal’s board of directors meeting.

What to expect:

  • Engage directly with Cristosal’s work in Central America
  • Deepen our understanding of how structures rooted in discrimination perpetuate injustice
  • Apply a human rights approach to promoting social justice in our local context
  • Develop tools to help empower vulnerable populations and build capacities of state actors
  • Learn to advocate for human rights locally and globally

Making the Case for Asylum: Understanding Salvadoran country conditions and the international human rights law framework

Dates: February 17-24, 2018
Cost: $1,200
Early Bird Cost: $970
Registration Deadline: November 17, 2017
Early Bird Deadline: December 17, 2017
Specialized Seminar: Participants should be legal professionals with experience in asylum law.
*CLE Credits pending
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Come to El Salvador to study country conditions and engage directly with the Salvadoran reality and improve your ability to support Salvadoran clients. Reflect on the Salvadoran context and the asylum system as a whole from a new perspective, and contribute to developing long-term solutions to the difficulties asylum-seekers face. This seminar will emphasize understanding U.S. asylum from an international humanitarian protection framework.

What to expect:

  • Deepen our understanding of country conditions in El Salvador and the unique struggles of Salvadoran refugees
  • Develop tools to better advocate on behalf of Salvadoran asylum-seekers in the U.S.
  • Analyze the shortcomings of the asylum system with an international human rights perspective
  • Apply human rights principles to work with migrants as you build your case
  • Develop goals for continued learning and collaboration with other participants and facilitators

Elections, Democracy, and Human Rights

Dates: March 4-11, 2018
Cost: $995
Registration deadline: December 5, 2017
Level 2 Seminar
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Recent events have many of us wondering whether we are in a period of global democratic regression as democracies around the world embrace populist and/or autocratic leaders. Following the 2018 Salvadoran municipal elections on March 4th, this seminar will examine this trend and analyze the causes and effects of this regression. How can democracies be tools for ensuring participation and respect for human rights? Where do they fall short? How can the human rights approach inform our political system?

What to expect:

  • Learn about human rights and analyze democracy as a means of participation
  • Examine the factors that contribute to the global trend of democratic regression
  • Discuss ways to build the capacity for government systems to respect, protect and fulfill human rights
  • Develop tools to ensure the respect of human rights in democratic elections and beyond

The Central American Refugee Crisis: A faithful response

Dates: April 7-14, 2018
Cost: $995
Registration deadline: January 8, 2018
Level 2 Seminar
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In 2016 alone, an estimated 244,200 people were internally displaced in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. As people of faith, we are called to advocate for justice for all, especially the most vulnerable. This seminar provides an opportunity to deepen our understanding of human rights, apply this understanding to the Central American refugee crisis, and develop concrete tools to respond.

What to expect:

  • Deepen our understanding of a human rights framework to understand the rights of migrants and refugees
  • Study international policy on forced migration in Central America and the world
  • Analyze the root causes of forced migration and internal displacement in Central America
  • Discuss responses to this crisis and potential approaches to prevention
  • Develop strategies to respond to the refugee crisis and support the rights of migrant populations

The Cristosal Model: Applying a human rights approach to social justice

Dates: April 22-29, 2018
Cost: $995
Registration deadline: January 23 2018
Level 1 Seminar
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Cristosal has evolved tremendously since its inception in the early 2000s, from a small ministry of the Anglican Church in El Salvador to a human rights organization on the cutting edge of innovative programming spanning three countries. Throughout this transition, we have been committed to a faithful vision to accompany and learn with the Salvadoran people. Study Cristosal’s history and work as examples of ways to use human rights principles in a variety of contexts, developing tools to support human rights in El Salvador and worldwide. The first offering of this seminar will take place during Cristosal’s board of directors meeting.

What to expect:

  • Engage directly with Cristosal’s work in Central America
  • Deepen our understanding of how structures rooted in discrimination perpetuate injustice
  • Apply a human rights approach to promoting social justice in our local context
  • Develop tools to help empower vulnerable populations and build capacities of state actors
  • Learn to advocate for human rights locally and globally

Research Challenges in Violent Contexts

Dates: June 14-21, 2018
Cost: $995
Registration deadline: March 15, 2018
Specialized Seminar: Participants should be academics and other researchers (journalists and Human rights monitors) working in violent contexts.

Join fellow researchers working in a variety of violent environments to learn from one another’s experiences in the field. Discuss the application of a human rights framework to address key issues in research methodology, security and ethics. Develop general advice about conducting research in violent environments, and explore the limits of that advice.

What to expect:

  • Examine various forms of violence and violent contexts and how they impact research
  • Discuss the political dimensions of research work
  • Discuss how security and violence impact the findings and application
  • Analyze the challenges to methodology and ethics in researching in violent contexts
  • Develop general advice about conducting research in violent environments to promote best practices
  • Contribute to a special edition of a peer-reviewed social science journal (English language)

Human Rights and Youth Leadership

Dates: July 7-14, 2018, 2018
Cost: $995
Registration deadline: April 8, 2018
Specialized Seminar: Participants should be between 14 and 22 years of age. Chaperones required.

Youth around the world face unique challenges, from overcoming age-based discrimination to being victims of abuse. As the ones facing these struggles, youth also have the opportunity to confront these issues and respond to them. Through this seminar, we will embrace our ability to take leadership and develop responses to these issues from a youth perspective, incorporating our Christian faith. The seminar will use a human rights framework and an intercultural perspective on issues that affect youth around the world, including discrimination and access to justice.

What to expect:

  • Familiarize ourselves with human rights principles and relate them to the Christian faith
  • Examine human rights issues that affect youth in our local contexts, El Salvador, and the world
  • Study the structural roots of injustice and violence in a variety of contexts
  • Strengthen leadership skills with special emphasis on community organizing and creating leadership structures that emphasize participation and equality
  • Develop responses to injustice locally and globally by applying a human rights approach

LGBTI People, Hate Crimes and Other Violence: Working together to defend basic rights

Dates: Fall 2018, 2018
Cost: $995
Level 2 Seminar

This seminar is still being developed. If you or someone you know is interested in joining us, helping us recruit participants for this seminar, or just wants to learn more, contact us at globalschool@cristosal.org.

State Violence, Torture and Police Abuse: Applying international human rights standards to local challenges

Dates: Fall 2018, 2018
Cost: $995
Level 2 Seminar

This seminar is still being developed. If you or someone you know is interested in joining us, helping us recruit participants for this seminar, or just wants to learn more, contact us at globalschool@cristosal.org.

No Person is Illegal: Understanding the Central American Refugee Crisis

Dates: Fall 2018, 2018
Cost: $995
Level 1 Seminar

This seminar is still being developed. If you or someone you know is interested in joining us, helping us recruit participants for this seminar, or just wants to learn more, contact us at globalschool@cristosal.org.

Active Resistance and Human Rights: Organizing for change

Dates: Fall 2018, 2018

Cost: $995
Level 2 Seminar

This seminar is still being developed. If you or someone you know is interested in joining us, helping us recruit participants for this seminar, or just wants to learn more, contact us at globalschool@cristosal.org.

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