College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Political science alumna details path from refugee to human rights activist
Date: October 19, 2012
Margaret Mitchell once said “Life’s under no obligation to give us what we expect,” and that philosophy has shaped
On Thursday, October 18 Cerva shared her story, called “My Warpath: From Refugee to Activist for Rights of Victims of Armed Violence” with students, faculty and alumni.
Cevra spoke about her time spent in
“The path that my life took is the reason that I do the work I do today,” said Cevra. “The two are intrinsically linked.”
Cevra graduated from
“During my time at
Cerva said the work she does with victims of armed violence revolves around three central ideas: research and policy advocacy, programming, and survivor participation.
“I was very lucky to survive the war and get the opportunities I did because so many weren’t as lucky,” Cerva said. “I’m in a position to do the work it takes to allow the voices of victims to be heard, and I feel that it is my responsibility to do so.”
“Seeing role models who’ve gone out and had experiences like Nerina’s inspires students and helps them think concretely about their careers in international relations,” said Polly Diven, director of international relations at GVSU.
For more information about Action on Armed Violence visit aoav.org/UK.
Cevra will also be a guest at the Political Science/International Relations Department open coffee hour on Friday, October 19, where she will meet and greet students, faculty and staff in the department office in Au Sable Hall from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
For more information, contact the Political Science Department at (616) 331-2320.