Ms. Jane Cohen will join Seton Hall University's School of Diplomacy and International Relations as the Sergio Vieira de Mello Endowed Visiting Chair in the Practice of Post-conflict Diplomacy for the 2022-2023 academic year.
Ms. Cohen draws on her extensive background in energy, environmental health, public health, and human rights. While working for the Human Rights Watch's Health, and Human Rights Division from 2007 to 2015, Ms. Cohen used her investigative research skills to develop environment and human rights initiatives, conducted international advocacy on public health and environment issues, and served as the primary representative for a key NGO in the global mercury treaty negotiations.
Ms. Cohen is the current Executive Director for the Governor's Office of Climate Action and the Green Economy. Ms. Cohen has worked at the Chinese Center for Disease Control, community development and environmental organizations. In addition to her research, Ms. Cohen built and managed relations with leaders and local citizens, created outreach campaigns, produced multimedia media pieces, and provided expertise in academic settings, community events, and media interviews.
Ms. Cohen's duties as the Mello Visiting Chair include guest lecturing in classes, delivering a public lecture on the environment, holding sessions with students on human rights, the environment, and government policy writing exercises, and advising students on career and networking.
The Sergio Vieira de Mello Endowed Visiting Chair in the Practice of Post-conflict Diplomacy was established in honor of Sergio Vieira de Mello, UN Diplomat, killed in the Canal Hotel bombing in Baghdad, Iraq, along with 20 other members of his staff on August 19, 2003, while working as the Secretary-General's Special Representative. Mr. de Mello had a long and distinguished career with the United Nations and is remembered for his influential work to promote peace, human rights, and humanitarian aid.
Seton Hall University's School of Diplomacy and International Relations was established in 1997 with a unique alliance with the United Nations Association of the USA, now under the umbrella of the United Nations Foundation. This partnership provides students with an unparalleled focus on the United Nations in its curriculum. For over twenty years, the School has connected students with industry leaders and innovative programs that provide students with the critical skills and knowledge needed for careers in public service, business, law, and the nonprofit sector. The School's research centers, the Center for Foreign Policy Studies, the Center for Global Health Studies, the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies, and the United Nations and Global Governance Studies Research Center, serve as hubs for research and training on a wide range of topics. The School holds DPI status, serves as a UN repository, and hosts the UNA-USA archives, through which they have recently published a book. In 2001, the School had the distinct honor of serving as the Secretariat for the UN Year of Dialogue among Civilizations.