The Reiff Center seeks to raise awareness of the horrors of genocide, human rights violations and conflict and to study ways to overcome these scourges by examining the international and national application of human rights, conflict resolution and peace studies. To this end, the Reiff Center sponsors educational programs, curricular development, conferences and public events, service and leadership opportunities, and research for affiliated faculty and students.

Goals

As a non-partisan Center, the Reiff Center builds upon CNU’s liberal arts mission. The Center’s goals and activities include:

  • Enhancing CNU’s undergraduate curriculum in human rights, genocide studies, conflict and peace studies, and conflict resolution, including study abroad trips and service-based learning
  • Supporting undergraduate and faculty scholarship in the aforementioned areas
  • Organizing conferences and public events designed to raise awareness of the horrors of genocide, conflict and human rights violations as well as the ways to overcome these issues
  • Finding ways to increase student engagement beyond the academic curriculum through internships, volunteer opportunities and research projects



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Director

Dr. Suparna Chaudhry is an assistant professor of political science at Christopher Newport University. Her research and teaching interests include human rights, international organizations, and political violence and conflict, with a specific focus on state persecution of NGOs. Prior to joining Christopher Newport, she was a post-doctoral fellow in U.S. foreign policy and international security at the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding at Dartmouth College. She earned her PhD from Yale University, an MA from the University of Chicago and a BA in history from St. Stephen's College, University of Delhi.
Contact: suparna.chaudhry@cnu.edu

Interns

Royall Bryan is a junior majoring in anthropology and sociology with a minor in writing. She hopes to pursue a career in anthropology and writing (specifically, with National Geographic). “I am an anthropology student and the events the Reiff Center hosts lines up with my interests. The atmosphere is just the right amount of casual and professional – something that I want to be a part of.”
Contact: royall.bryan.15@cnu.edu

Samantha Carnilletti is a senior pursuing a BA in American studies with minors in U.S.national security studies and leadership studies. She hopes to pursue a career in public policy. “I’ve always had a passion for helping people, whether that’s through service of 4-H, helping children understand their disabilities or donating to the local food shelters. I want to make a lasting impact on not just my immediate community, but also on the entire world. I think the Reiff Center will give me the confidence and skills to start doing just that.”
Contact: samantha.carnilletti.14@cnu.edu

Lillie Cummings is a senior pursuing a BA in sociology with a concentration in anthropology and a minor in studio arts. She hopes to pursue a career in graphic design. “I wanted to work in the Reiff Center because I’m passionate about human rights and the center provides a unique opportunity for Christopher Newport University students to learn as well as make a difference in that area. I look forward promoting and assisting with the center's events while making an impact on the CNU community.”
Contact: lillie.cummings.14@cnu.edu

Josh Dutro is a senior pursuing a BA in political science with a minor in human rights and communication. He hopes to pursue a career in international affairs, working on policymaking for the U.S. government. “Human rights are the foundation of a productive society, and I believe that advocating on behalf of those who are confronting human rights abuses is an important cause. Studying, reporting and shaping conversation around these issues is crucial, and I am honored to be a part of the effort here at CNU.”
Contact: joshua.dutro.14@cnu.edu

Ilana Lisann is a senior pursuing a BA in political science with minors in leadership studies and national security studies. She hopes to pursue a career in international relations and terrorism research. “National security threats affect everyone’s existence, regardless of where you are in the world. I hope to be able to raise awareness of the issues and promote involvement from other members of the community.”
Contact: ilana.lisann.14@cnu.edu

Mary McLean is a senior pursuing a BA in political science with a minor in American studies. She hopes to attend law school and work in government as a lobbyist. “I’ve always been passionate about assisting those in need, furthering my education and learning about different societies while comparing them to understand the United States. I love to travel, and while traveling to try and better understand the local culture. The Reiff Center allows me to explore and understand the local culture. The Reiff Center allows me to explore different human rights issues and write about them creatively.”
Contact: mary.mclean.14@cnu.edu

Brinda Oliver is a junior pursuing a BS in molecular biology with a minor in leadership studies. She hopes to pursue a career in medicine for Doctors Without Borders. “I value working at the Reiff Center because I believe that international affairs affects all of us, and keeping aware of human rights crises is critical to making progress.”
Contact: brinda.oliver.15@cnu.edu

Karla Ramos is a junior pursuing a BS in psychology with minors in biology and human rights and conflict resolution. She hopes to pursue a career within the government dealing with neuropsychology. “Working in the Reiff Center will be an amazing opportunity for me to gain more experience as an intern as well as begin to network for future jobs and meet new people. I’m looking forward to speaking to high schools and teaching them about Christopher Newport University, the Reiff Center and global topics.”
Contact: karla.ramos.15@cnu.edu

A. Tyler Smith is a sophomore pursuing a BA in finance with a minor in leadership studies. She hopes to pursue a career in finance. “This center gives so much to Christopher Newport University and the community, so I love helping contribute to it. Every day it opens my eyes to the world and helps me grow as a person.”
Contact: ann.smith.16@cnu.edu

Chairman

Dr. Anthony Santoro, Distinguished Professor of History, President Emeritus, CNU

Vice Chairman

  • General Matthew Brand (ret.)

Reiff Family Representatives

Members at Large

  • Mario Mazzarella, Kim Edger