Center On Human Rights Education Staff
Morgan McDonald – Graduate Director
Morgan is in her second year pursuing a M.A. in International Development, with a certificate in
Global Health. She recently completed a summer internship with a local NGO, emBOLDen
Alliances, where she was able to apply her interests of development and health to international
programing. Prior to moving to Colorado, Morgan lived in Seattle, WA and spent time living in
Northern Uganda working with a legal aid organization focusing on complex land and property
rights issues. When she finds time aside from school work, Morgan enjoys exploring new
restaurants, hiking, and all of Colorado’s sunshine.
Lauren Palarino – Media and Events Coordinator
Lauren Palarino is a first year Public Policy Master’s Program with an emphasis on social and environmental policy. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado in Boulder in International Affairs and French. She also studied multilateral diplomacy in Geneva, Switzerland and done research on children’s development during refugee resettlement. When not studying, she likes to explore Colorado and hike, cooking, seeing concerts, and traveling.
Joey White – Director of Media and Events
Joey is a second year M.A. student in the Global Finance, Trade and Economic Integration with a focus in human rights. She is also pursuing a certificate in Global Business and Corporate Social Responsibility at the Daniels College of Business. Her research focuses on the role of economics and business in the promotion of human rights. She received her B.A. from Illinois State University in Public Relations, with minors in International Studies and French. Over the summer Joey worked with a small CSR consulting firm helping to create community driven CSR strategies for businesses in the Denver area. As a writer, she has produced content for the Human Trafficking Center, Sustainable Brands and kindColorado. For fun, Joey likes to travel, see live music, and explore nature.
Lisa Zondlo – Education + Outreach Co-Coordinator
Lisa is a first-year student at the DU’s Graduate School of Social work. After earning degrees in English Literature and Spanish from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire, Lisa obtained double teaching certifications for Spanish/English and was a full-time teacher for three years before moving to Denver. As a teacher, Lisa became aware of the critical need for mental health access in public schools, and this motivated her to pursue a Master’s of Social Work degree. As a social justice advocate and avid adventurer, Lisa is looking forward to her learning experiences and future adventures in Denver.
Claudia Castillo – Director of Outreach
Claudia is a second year M.A. candidate in the International Human Rights program and the Joint Interdisciplinary International Law and Human Rights Certificate Program, with a focus on migrant rights, immigration reform and Latin America. Claudia is a retired US Army Intelligence Officer with service in the United States and abroad, including South Korea, Kuwait, Iraq, Germany, and Honduras. She received a Masters of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University and an undergraduate degree in Business Management from Jacksonville State University, Alabama. This summer she interned at the Migrant Farm Worker Division, Colorado Legal Services conducting outreach and “know your rights” training in northeast Colorado. As a first year graduate student, Claudia worked as a surveyor for the “Just Wages Project”, which investigates day laborers’ work and wage theft experiences in the Denver area to understand the wage theft climate. Claudia has participated in projects for the Human Trafficking Center, Korbel Asylum Project and the Korbel Immigration Research and Action Collective. Upon graduation, she intends to work in a position advocating for migrant rights and immigration reform.
Cat Galley – Research Assistant
Catherine is a candidate for a dual degree with a Master of Social Work and Master of Arts
in International Studies with a concentration in Sustainable Development and Global
Practice. She received her B.S. in Psychology in May from Purdue University in Indiana.
During her undergraduate career, Catherine studied abroad in Austria focusing on
psychology in Vienna and Germany, studying the Syrian Migrant Crisis. She also studied
the humanitarian crisis happening on the U.S./Mexico border. Catherine hopes to pursue a
career working with refugees overseas, focusing on human rights violations. Being new to
Colorado, Catherine has found a new love for hiking, running, and exploring Denver with friends.
Kushagra Pokhrel – Director of Research
Kushagra is a second year M.A. student in the International Human Rights program with interest in the intersection between human rights and armed conflict with a focus on civilian protection during natural and man-made disasters. As such, he is concurrently a candidate for certificate in Humanitarian Assistance. He completed his Bachelor degree in International Relations at Syracuse University with a focus on International Legal Organizations and the Middle East. Kushagra’s current and past work includes programing in girls’ education in Pakistan, transitional justice advocacy, monitoring ethnic violence, and earthquake relief work in Nepal. In his free time, Kushagra loves to hike, paint, brew beer and play music.
Ally Walker – Research Assistant
Ally is a first year MA candidate in International Development whose primary interests include human rights, gender, refugee migration and integration, education and East Africa. She received a BA in Anthropology from DePauw University in Greencastle, IN. Prior to pursuing her graduate degree, Ally spent two years working on English education and gender equity in rural Ethiopia as a Peace Corps Volunteer. She also has three years of experience in non-profit program management, working with refugees to promote self-sufficiency and integration at a grassroots nonprofit in northern Colorado. In addition to COHRE, she is a Research Assistant for the Humanitarian Assistance Applied Research Group at DU. In her free time, Ally loves hiking and searching for the best ethnic food in Denver.