The Center for Social Justice is an initiative of the Women's and Gender Studies Program to promote gender justice, equality, and human rights through local and global engagement.

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Spring 2015 Activists-in-Residence!

Pamela Yates and Paco de Onís are this year's Activists-in-Residence for the Center of Social Justice.


Pamela Yates and Paco de Onís are the director/producer partnership behind Skylight Pictures, a company dedicated to creating feature length documentary films and digital media tools that advance awareness of human rights and the quest for justice by implementing multi-year outreach campaigns designed to engage, educate and activate social change.

Pamela Yates is an American filmmaker, human rights defender, and a co-founder of Skylight Pictures. Yates has been involved in numerous award-winning films such as When the Mountains Tremble, Witness to War, and Granito: How to Nail a Dictator. Yates just completed Disruption (2014), a documentary that explores innovative strategies to reduce poverty through women’s economic empowerment in Latin America. She is currently working on 500 Years, the third in the Guatemalan trilogy that explores the battle for the national narrative in present-day Guatemala.

Paco de Onís is a partner at Skylight Pictures alongside Pamela Yates having worked on many of the same projects. He grew up in several Latin American countries and is multi-lingual. Most recently, de Onís produced Skylight Pictures’ film Disruption, about women’s economic empowerment in Colombia, Peru and Brazil. In 2011, he produced Granito: How to Nail a Dictator, a documentary detective story focused on the role of filmic and archival documentation in the prosecution of a genocide case against Guatemalan generals, and launched Granito: Every Memory Matters, a companion mixed media project developed to restore the collective memory of the Guatemalan genocide.

Clyde Snow Social Justice Award

Dr. Snow’s Passing

With heavy hearts, the Women’s and Gender Studies Program and the Center for Social Justice mourn the May 16, 2014 passing of Dr. Clyde Snow. Dr. Snow’s work in applying forensic science to investigations of human rights violations worldwide has affected international courts, academia, the field of forensic anthropology, human rights organizations and activists, and families, friends, and communities of victims through his work in applying forensic science to investigations of human rights violations world wide.

During his life, Dr. Snow worked in Argentina, Peru, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Venezuela, Ethiopia, Croatia, Kurdistan, Iraq, Zimbabwe, The Democratic Republic of Congo, South Africa, The Phillippines, and many other places. Long before the exacting standards of today’s forensic science were established, Dr. Snow used his skills to excavate mass graves and expose human rights abuses to bringing justice to many lost and unidentified persons through the stories their bones continued to tell. Because of his dedication to victims and the families of disappeared persons in conflict zones around the world, Dr. Snow and his team identified the remains of loved ones, and provided independently obtained evidence for use in legal proceedings.

The WGS Center for Social Justice awarded the first Clyde C. Snow Social Justice Award on May 18, 2012 to Dr. Snow. In keeping with Dr. Snow’s legacy, this bi-annual award recognizes a person or group whose work contributes to the re-humanization of victims of human rights abuses in keeping with Dr. Snow’s work. This September the Center for Social Justice will present the second Clyde C. Snow Social Justice Award and honor the memory, work, and mission of the exceptional Dr. Clyde Snow.

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