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UD hires new Human Rights Center director from United Nations

The University of Dayton has named a new executive director who will bring 15 years of United Nations’ human rights experience to the UD Human Rights Center.

Shelley Inglis, who currently serves as a regional cluster leader in the U.N. Development Programme in Istanbul, will start work at UD Aug. 16., according to the university.

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She currently manages a team that works to build democratic institutions, prevent corruption and support human rights in Europe and Central Asia.

“I look forward to expanding the university’s human rights profile and making human rights central to the entire University of Dayton footprint, plus teaching and mentoring students in a rigorous and renowned academic setting,” Inglis said in a prepared statement. “I feel this is an extraordinary opportunity and fit for me as I’m especially interested in working in an academic institution that has a strong commitment to ethics and social justice.”

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Inglis previously served as a policy advisor at U.N. headquarters in New York City for the U.N. Development Program, as a human right’s officer in the U.N.’s Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva, and worked in the U.N. Department of Peacekeeping Organizations and U.N. Development Fund for Women.

Inglis previously worked as an adjunct professor at Columbia University from 2008 to 2011 and has a law degree from Columbia University. The Human Rights Center’s interim executive director, Tony Talbott, will continue lead the center’s advocacy work, according to the university.

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