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STANDUP Series Returns for Second Year

For the second year, students in Heather Panahi’s Comparative Politics class will be treated to a slate of virtual guest speakers in the STANDUP Speaker Series.

Titled STANDUP for Speak up, Take charge, Ask questions, Never settle, Demand better, Use your voice, and Promote goodness, this program introduces students to people in their own communities who are doing their part to advocate for positive change in order to make our neighborhoods, our state and our world a more inclusive, safe and equitable one.

The series begins Monday, September 27, with Claudine Humure ’13, researcher and prosthetics designer, and advocate for refugees, amputees and survivors of conflict. Humure is a student at the University of Washington in Seattle, where she is obtaining a master’s degree in Prosthetics & Orthotics. She’s worked at the MIT Media Lab with the biomechatronics group and as a student at the MIT D-Lab, where she initiated the design of a 3D printable prosthetic socket for transfemoral amputees. She interned at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston as a comprehensive rehabilitation intern where she tended to amputees and people with spinal cord injuries. She has also interned with Next Step Bionics & Prosthetics in Newton, Mass., and with Boston Medical Center pediatrics as a Health Leads Advocate, where she represented refugees and youth from low-income families who lacked the means to primary health care.

In Rwanda, Humure worked at the University of Global Health Equity as a partnership coordinator where she served as the in-country host for the university’s donors, partners, members of the media and other guests. As a member of the Rwanda Society for Prosthetists & Orthotists (RSPO), she organized several projects to advocate for and support amputees and the wider disability community in her home country. Humure’s most recent project was the Transforming Amputation and Prosthetic Services Globally virtual conference, which she organized and executed in December 2020 with support from the University of Global Health Equity and Imperial College London.

Other speakers this fall include:

  • October 4: Casey Lorusso ’09, founder of Walnut Hill Counseling/equine-assisted therapy
  • October 18: Stephanie Deeley, domestic violence awareness advocate and women’s rights activist
  • November 15: Jordan Held ’04, trans activist, therapist and gender specialist
  • December 13: Paula Robison, president and CEO of Golden Rule Charity

STANDUP will continue throughout the school year, and other Upper School faculty members are invited to bring their classes to the virtual events.