New York City: Reporting on Human Rights!

Switzerland Amsterdam and NYC



Program Description 

Spend a week in New York City studying US immigration history and current human rights issues. Visit the Empire State Building and Harlem. Take a ferry to Liberty and Ellis Islands to learn about how immigrants first arrived in the US. Meet researchers at Human Rights Watch, advocates at the United Nations, and members of the NYC Human Rights Commission. Develop news and media content about pressing human rights topics such as fair housing, gender-based discrimination, and LGBTQI protections.


MCOM 180ITL (1 unit)

JMC International Experience

Through international study students will examine globalization models to gain a global perspective on geopolitical and economic issues, media and integrated strategic communications, explore the concepts of global citizenship and global corporate citizenship, and learn how to analyze cultural differences. Prerequisite: SJSU upper division undergraduate or graduate student, or by instructor's permission. 




Program Leader: Halima Kazem-Stojanovic

Halima Kazem-Stojanovic is an investigative journalist and filmmaker who specializes in reporting on human rights and social justice issues. Halima teaches journalism and human rights at San Jose State University and is finishing her Ph.D. in Feminist Studies and Social Documentary film at the University of California Santa Cruz. She has been a journalist for 20 years and spent almost a decade reporting on the war and rebuilding efforts in Afghanistan.  Her work has been published in the Los Angeles Times, the Guardian, the San Francisco Chronicle, Al Jazeera, and more. Halima’s Ph.D. research focuses on the development and impact of women’s rights and gender reform programs, as part of human rights agendas, in conflict or post-conflict countries such as Afghanistan and Iraq.

Halima’s reporting assignments and her love of traveling have led her to New Zealand, Croatia, Italy, Egypt, Turkey, Uzbekistan, India, Dubai, Greece, Germany, and many more countries. This is Halima’s fourth year leading a study abroad trip for SJSU students.  In previous years she guided students through Germany, Italy, and Greece to study Europe’s refugee crisis.

Halima has worked as a human rights researcher for the United Nations, Human Rights Watch, and Amnesty International. She is the recipient of a 2002 Scripps-Howard for journalistic excellence, a published children’s book author and a documentary filmmaker. Halima has a BS in Journalism from San Jose State University and a MA in Business and Economic Journalism from New York University.





It is important to note that each program's total cost will vary depending on the location and the package it offers.  

$250 SJSU Special Session Tuition ($250 per unit)
$200 Administrative Fee 
$1,195 Program fees, lodging, class materials and class related tours approximately*
$1,645  Total Program Cost


* Airfare is not included.  


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