Stanford Summer Human Rights Series: Taking Care: Alternative Narratives on Care Giving

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

7:00 pm

Bishop Auditorium (at Lathrop Library) Map

Sponsored by:
Stanford Summer Session and Stanford Continuing Studies

About the Event

In this talk, Raji Manjari will share from her perspective as a union organizer, social worker and a caregiver, the constantly evolving narratives of care giving experiences. Care giving is emotionally laborious and gendered work and is usually seen as diametrically opposed to self care—that is the language we associate with giving care to someone often means that we, the caregivers, are unable to take care of ourselves. In the “helping profession” such as social work, we hear about burn out, compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma all the time connoting that somehow care giving depletes us of these essential emotions. In a larger framework of human rights, how does this particular perspective shape our personal and professional work? Can we search for alternative narratives when thinking about care giving?

About the Speaker

Raji Manjari is from Kathmandu, Nepal. She moved to the United States in 2004 to attend Grinnell College. In 2006, her time working at Adhikaar, a women-led worker and community center that serves and organizes the Nepali-speaking immigrant community in Queens, NY sparked her passion for community organizing, particularly centered around Domestic Worker organizing and advocacy.

She moved back to Kathmandu in 2015 following the devastating earthquake in Nepal. Currently, she divides her time as caregiver to her grand parents and working for the Blue Diamond Society, the largest LGBTI organization in Nepal, providing mental health support in various capacities. Raji has a Masters degree in Social Work from Columbia University.

About the Stanford Summer Human Rights Program

The Stanford Summer Human Rights Program is an interdisciplinary collaboration that explores emerging issues in human rights through a series of courses, public lectures, and films. 

Tuesday, July 10, 2018
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Bishop Auditorium (at Lathrop Library) Map

Free and no registration required


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