NJC Grad Speaks to Students About her UNHCR Career

NJC Grad Speaks to Students About her UNHCR Career

On Tuesday afternoon of this week, Ms. Diane Goodman NJC ’76 arrived in Neuchâtel to visit her former school and to speak to the class of 2013 about the work that she and her husband do for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) which our students visited earlier this year in Geneva. Diane spoke briefly about the work that she has done in her career – she began her professional career as a lawyer but soon was attracted to human rights issues and women’s rights. She has worked in Darfur, Cambodia, Rwanda, Tanzania, Sudan and of course, in Geneva, Switzerland, the headquarters of the UNHCR. Currently, she and her family are living in Nepal where her two children are attending school and she and her husband, Mark, continue their work for the UN. As a coincidence, Mr. Larry Barnes, former NJC Science and Math teacher of some 25 years, happened to be on campus that day to tutor one of our students and had the opportunity to catch up with his former student from 37 years ago! Ms. Goodman showed a film to the students about refugees telling their stories of their struggles in camps and the life they have made for themselves since. It was a captivating presentation and concluded with Ms. Goodman exchanging stories with the students about differences and similarities of life at NJC then and now.

March 27th, 2013