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2018 Seminars

Check out our 2018 seminars below, or download our 2018 course catalog here.

About the Global School: General information

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: Feb. 6-13

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: Feb. 17-24

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: Mar. 4-11

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 Cristosal Model: Applying a human rights approach to social justice: Apr. 22-29

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

Challenges for Researchers in Violent Environments: Jun. 14-21

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

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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. See the Call for Papers (above) for more details.

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: Jul. 7-14

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.
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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

The Central American Refugee Crisis: A faithful response: Jul. 21-28

Dates: July 21-28, 2018
Cost: $995
Registration deadline: April 21, 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

No Person is Illegal: Understanding the Central American Refugee Crisis: Sept. 8-15

Dates: September 8-15, 2018
Cost: $995
Registration Deadline: July 8, 2018
Level 1 Seminar
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“Human beings can be beautiful or more beautiful, they can be fat or skinny, they can be right or wrong, but illegal? How can a human being be illegal?”

Elie Wiesel

In El Salvador, participants from North and Central America will examine the Central American refugee crisis, immigration policy throughout the Americas, and international frameworks for protecting migrants. What social structures contribute to forced migration and internal displacement in El Salvador, especially for the most affected social groups? What are potential responses to this crisis? How can immigration policy be improved to uphold the rights of migrants and meet international human rights standards?

What to expect:

  • Use a human rights framework to understand the rights of migrants and refugees
  • Study how immigration policy in Central and North America impacts refugees in an increasingly connected world
  • Analyze the root causes of forced migration and internal displacement in Central America, with emphasis on specific populations in situations of vulnerability
  • Develop strategies to respond to the refugee crisis and support the rights of migrant populations

LGBTI+ People, Hate Crimes and Other Violence: Working together to defend basic rights: Oct. 7-14

Dates: October 7-14, 2018
Cost: $995
Registration Deadline: July 7, 2018
Level 2 Seminar
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“I was terrified of going to hell for what I feel... [my father] threatened to throw me out of the house, it was hard.”

People who identify with a diverse sexual orientation or gender identity in El Salvador face enormous obstacles in society and suffer violations of their human rights due to homophobia and machismo in civil society. This sexism justifies much of the violence towards LGBTI+ people as “corrective,” claiming that by eradicating LGBTI+ traits from someone, they can become “normal.” Because much of the violence is considered “corrective,” it goes unaddressed. In recent years, the Salvadoran state has responded to pressure from human rights activists, recognizing some of the discrimination and rights violations these populations experience. However, new laws and policies responding to these issues are not well enforced, nor do they address all the forms of violence these populations face. Join LGBTI+ activists from North and Central America to discuss the discrimination the LGBTI+ population faces in different cultural contexts and how we can respond to hate crimes, violence, and discrimination in local communities and around the world.

What to expect:

  • Deepen our understanding of a human rights framework as a way to understand the situation of LGBTI+ populations
  • Study the relationship between different forms of violence, including direct violence, corrective violence, institutionalized discrimination, and prejudicial attitudes
  • Discuss the intersection of LGBTI+ identities with other marginalized groups (e.g. migrants, the poor, etc.)
  • Examine how different communities and organizations are responding to discrimination and violence
  • Develop strategies and skills in organizing for change

State Violence, Torture and Police Abuse: Applying international human rights standards to local challenges: Nov. 4-11

Dates: November 4-11, 2018
Cost: $995
Registration Deadline: August 4, 2018
Level 2 Seminar
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Who do you turn to for justice when law enforcement is the perpetrator?

This seminar will bring activists from North and Central America together to strategize on how marginalized communities can learn from each other on fighting back against state-sponsored violence. Using a human rights framework, we will learn from each other of how the securitization of state-citizen relations which disproportionately affects the poor and people of color. The experience will include visits to Salvadoran communities organizing to respond to state violence, time at historic sites in El Salvador commemorating the struggle for human rights, and the opportunity to exchange ideas for action with other human rights activists who participate in the seminar.

What to expect:

  • Use a human rights framework to understand the state’s obligation to protect and guarantee internationally recognized fundamental human rights.
  • Examine the history of mass incarceration, police militarization, and immigration policy, and how this history laid the groundwork for present-day human rights abuses
  • Study different forms of state violence including institutionalized discrimination and police abuse
  • Analyze the unique challenges of specific populations in situations of vulnerability
  • Develop strategies to strengthen solidarity and respond to police brutality and oppression in local and global contexts

Active Resistance and Human Rights: Organizing for change

Dates: Fall 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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About The School

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 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 specific group (e.g. seminary students or asylum lawyers). Please review each seminar description to decide which seminar 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 age group, profession and/or field, and provide opportunities for professionals to build their capacity to be more effective promoters of human rights within their field of work.

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What are people saying about the Global School?

Move the cursor over the pictures to read what our alumni are saying and learn what makes us unique!

  The Human Rights Approach   "Too often we want to make a difference in the world and unintentionally do 'toxic charity.' We too often compound suffering by disempowering and creating dependence.  Cristosal's human rights model respects the dignity of every human being and strives for justice for all ."–Susan Copley  "The Cristosal program  gave me a different perspective on how to leave an imprint on the world. "–Sage Sularz

The Human Rights Approach

"Too often we want to make a difference in the world and unintentionally do 'toxic charity.' We too often compound suffering by disempowering and creating dependence. Cristosal's human rights model respects the dignity of every human being and strives for justice for all."–Susan Copley

"The Cristosal program gave me a different perspective on how to leave an imprint on the world."–Sage Sularz

  Human Rights Theory   "I find myself wondering about  what a human rights based approach would look like all over the place , whether I'm marching in the streets for racial justice or talking with colleagues about the shape and language of worship in the Episcopal Church. Our discernment of core values such as compassion, justice, and love can help focus  not only our choice of activities but our approach to them. "–Elizabeth Scriven  "This course has given me  theory/knowledge and stories/experience  in which to anchor my work going forward."–AnnaMarie Hoos

Human Rights Theory

"I find myself wondering about what a human rights based approach would look like all over the place, whether I'm marching in the streets for racial justice or talking with colleagues about the shape and language of worship in the Episcopal Church. Our discernment of core values such as compassion, justice, and love can help focus not only our choice of activities but our approach to them."–Elizabeth Scriven

"This course has given me theory/knowledge and stories/experience in which to anchor my work going forward."–AnnaMarie Hoos

  Practical Applications   "I learned more about the importance of my role as a religious leader and person of faith in the  construction of a culture of peace and advocacy for the application of justice  . "–Álvaro Durán  "I did my first merits hearing as a clinic student. My client was a Salvadoran male who has been in the US longer than I have been alive.  Without a doubt, attending the Cristosal conference , having been to El Salvador and getting to learn about my client's background  made me a much better advocate for him! "–Caroline Barrow

Practical Applications

"I learned more about the importance of my role as a religious leader and person of faith in the construction of a culture of peace and advocacy for the application of justice."–Álvaro Durán

"I did my first merits hearing as a clinic student. My client was a Salvadoran male who has been in the US longer than I have been alive. Without a doubt, attending the Cristosal conference, having been to El Salvador and getting to learn about my client's background made me a much better advocate for him!"–Caroline Barrow

  Expert Staff   "Every single presenter was  incredibly knowledgeable   and passionate  about human rights."–Matt Stone  "There’s a special richness of this Global School, and that is because  all the information shared is backed up by experiential work. "–Anaelí Rodas

Expert Staff

"Every single presenter was incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about human rights."–Matt Stone

"There’s a special richness of this Global School, and that is because all the information shared is backed up by experiential work."–Anaelí Rodas

  Intercultural Engagement   "The remarkable simultaneous interpretation by Cristosal  allowed group members to participate and contribute in ways they had never been able to  on several prior trips."–Rafael Pupo  "What always seems to impact me the most is  the relationships that I develop  with the Salvadoran people."–Cindy Hammaker  "The examples here in El Salvador were very enriching,  as was sharing with our foreign friends. "-Erika Díaz

Intercultural Engagement

"The remarkable simultaneous interpretation by Cristosal allowed group members to participate and contribute in ways they had never been able to on several prior trips."–Rafael Pupo

"What always seems to impact me the most is the relationships that I develop with the Salvadoran people."–Cindy Hammaker

"The examples here in El Salvador were very enriching, as was sharing with our foreign friends."-Erika Díaz

  Discussion and Dialogue-based Learning   "We  listened to the Salvadoran story and talked about our own story in America  and to see how these are the results of human rights violations in the past that have not been addressed."–Susan Copley  "The expertise of the Salvadoran teachers gave us a common vocabulary to be in honest dialogue about difficult topics.  We learned so much about each other. "–Barbara Magee   

Discussion and Dialogue-based Learning

"We listened to the Salvadoran story and talked about our own story in America and to see how these are the results of human rights violations in the past that have not been addressed."–Susan Copley

"The expertise of the Salvadoran teachers gave us a common vocabulary to be in honest dialogue about difficult topics. We learned so much about each other."–Barbara Magee

 

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FAQ

Why study human rights?

We believe every human being is inherently equal in rights and dignity. This belief in human rights provides both an ideal to strive for and a strategy for moving towards this ideal. The human rights framework provides us with a way of understanding conflict and poverty in the world as violations of human rights, rooted in inequality and discrimination. This framework also outlines an approach to responding to injustice by empowering people to participate in their own development and effectively advocate for human rights. The Global School empowers participants to understand and apply this approach in their own lives, work, and promotion of human rights.

What does my Global School tuition include?

Lodging, transportation during the seminar, three meals a day, coordination and logistics, interpretation and trip guide, workshop leaders and speakers, and activities in communities. The tuition also includes a contribution to the Salvadoran participant scholarship fund.

Your tuition does NOT include: Additional food, beverages, souvenirs, alcohol, airfare, $10 tourist visa, or any activities outside of our planned itinerary.

What kind of accommodations will we stay in during a Global School Seminar?

Your lodging in El Salvador will be simple, but clean, safe and with hot water. You will sleep dormitory-style with shared rooms divided between men and women. When possible, we can arrange for family members to stay together. In your application you can note any specific needs (medical, dietary or otherwise), and we will accommodate these needs as best we can. Additionally, your seminar may involve visits to rural and poor communities with very basic living conditions (i.e. outdoor toilets, no running water), and may require long walks or bus rides under high heat.

Are refunds available if I can’t attend a seminar? What if Cristosal cancels a seminar?

All participant cancellations and refund requests must be submitted in writing to Cristosal. Group cancellation notices and refund requests received prior to one month before trip departure will be issued a full refund. There is no refund for groups that cancel after one month prior to departure. Individual cancellation notices and refund requests received prior to one month before trip departure will be issued a full refund. There is no refund for participants who cancel less than thirty days prior to departure, unless the cancellation is due to family emergencies or medical reasons. In that case, Cristosal will work with the person to issue a partial refund or transfer the trip fee for up to one year. Cristosal reserves the right to cancel a trip for a safety or security reasons, and will attempt to make alternative arrangements for the trip before cancelation. If Cristosal cancels a trip, a total refund will be given.

Who can participate in the Global School?

Global School Seminars are for anyone interested in participating in processes for change locally and globally. We provide platforms for team building, skills building, and discernment for parish, diocesan, and secular community groups. Our courses can also serve as a complement to academic study at the undergraduate or graduate level, as well as seminary, continuing education, or professional development programs.

What kind of background do I need to participate in a seminar?

We have designed the Global School Seminars to be accessible to individuals of any background, culture, or belief system; we simply ask that all participants be respectful and open to new experiences, and adhere to Cristosal’s safety guidelines. Involving participants with a wide diversity of academic, professional and life experiences in each course enriches learning and discussion. There is no language requirement for participation, as all courses include interpretation between English and Spanish as needed.

What can I expect to gain from a Global School Seminar?

We design Global School courses to pair human rights theory with direct experience through field visits and workshops. Participants will gain both a solid grounding in theory and practical tools to be advocates and defenders of human rights. The mutual participation of North Americans with local Salvadorans interested in the same theme provides rich, intercultural perspectives unique to Global School courses.

Why El Salvador?

Whether your interests lie in Latin America or elsewhere, El Salvador is a compelling setting in which to study human rights, community development, human mobility and migration, and violence and peacebuilding. Its recent tragic history of grave human rights violations, and inspiring resistance and progress toward greater freedom are powerful testimonies to our ability to effect social change and serve as models to look at human rights challenges in our world today. Located at the center of the American continents, El Salvador is a global crossroads, offering a unique perspective on how our interconnectedness and global relationships affect vulnerable populations.

Is El Salvador safe for foreign travelers?

Cristosal has 15 years of experience safely hosting groups of North Americans in El Salvador. Most people find El Salvador to be a beautiful country and Salvadorans to be inspiring and extraordinarily welcoming hosts. We do ask that participants abide by Cristosal’s security guidelines, in order to reduce the risk that you would be affected by any type of crime or incident, including petty theft.

What immunizations should I get before I come?

Before visiting El Salvador, be sure to have all routine vaccinations up-to-date. In addition, while we take substantial precautions to ensure all food and drink is healthy and uncontaminated, it may be a good idea to get Hepatitis A and Typhoid vaccinations, though it isn't required. Risk of contracting malaria or rabies are relatively low in El Salvador, but the Center for Disease Control does recommend that some travelers get vaccinated for extra precaution. We recommend bringing bug spray and not playing with stray dogs in the street to reduce this risk as much as possible. See the Center for Disease Control's website for the most up-to-date and comprehensive information on vaccines.