Anabel Aliaga-Buchenau Witness in Residence Initiative

The Anabel Aliaga-Buchenau Witness in Residence Initiative in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences seeks to encourage conversations about issues pertaining to human rights and social justice in the United States and globally. Thanks to generous donors from the community, the initiative provides study abroad scholarships which fund students’ study-abroad experiences related to human rights and social justice. Students who received the Aliaga-Buchenau Study Abroad Scholarship to study abroad during Spring Break or the Summer Semester have studied in such places as Bolivia, Costa Rica, Brazil, Cuba and Panama. 

The initiative also supports the annual Witness in Residence program at UNC Charlotte, bringing to the campus individuals who have personally witnessed an important world event from within that event. Witnesses present a series of lectures to students, faculty, staff, and the greater Charlotte community. The initiative was named in honor of Anabel Aliaga-Buchenau, associate chair of the Department of Languages and Culture Studies, in recognition of her transformational impact on international education at UNC Charlotte. 


Previous Witness in Residence Programs

In the spring of 2016, the inaugural Witness in Residence program hosted Mario Rollig and featured a series of lectures, film screenings on Communist East Berlin. 

Syrian refugees Zubair Rushk and Amira Elamri shared their stories of life in Syria and a refugee’s long road to building a life in the United States in the Spring of 2017.

Conversations about the death penalty were the focus of the 2018 Witness in Residence Program, featuring Henderson Hill, executive director of the national organization 8th Amendment Project.