Building on a long tradition of supporting Romani scholars and scholarship, CEU launched its new Romani Studies Program in August 2017 and celebrated the launch on October 19. The Program is a new model for international education, a center for study of contemporary economic, social and political challenges as well as a source of support for building open and democratic societies that respect human rights and human dignity. CEU's Roma Access Programs (RAP) was transformed into the Romani Studies Program (RSP) as of August 1, 2017.
Name: Erika Solyom
Title: Senior Program Manager, Romani Studies Program (RSP)
Number of years at CEU: 4 months
Home city/town & country: Szombathely, Hungary
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Building on CEU's longstanding commitment to enhancing higher education, research, and professional opportunities for Roma, by a decision of the University’s Senate, CEU launched the Romani Studies Program on August 1, 2017, in cooperation with the Open Society Foundations' Roma Initiatives’ Office (RIO), the Roma Education Fund (REF), The Sigrid
On June 23,18 Roma students will graduate from the Roma Graduate Preparation Program (RGPP), becoming alumni of the Roma Access Programs and CEU. As part of the celebration of their accomplishments, the students presented research in their fields in a two-day conference event June 19-20, 2017.
Eleven Roma leaders and U.S. State Senator Kevin Killer gathered at CEU May 22-23, 2017 to discuss political narratives regarding minorities at the workshop and panel discussion entitled “Empowering Roma Young Leaders to Shape Inclusive Narratives.” The event was part of a project by Roland Ferkovics within the context of the German Marshall Fund of the United States’ (GMF) Office of Transatlantic Leadership Initiatives, and was supported by the GMF and CEU’s Roma in European Societies Initiative.