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Social Justice & Human Rights, MA - Advising

New Students

Accepting Admission Offer: Register Today

Secure your spot in the program by emailing and informing your faculty mentor.

International Student Admits: Students from other countries (F-1 status) should read and complete next steps for securing a visa.

Deferring Admission Offer

If you are unable to enroll in the term that you originally applied for then please review your options to defer admission.

Declining Admission Offer

We understand that plans change.  If you do not wish to attend this program please email with your full name, ASU ID number (located on admissions letter), and your intention to decline the offer.  This will help to ensure that ASU advisors do not reach out regarding next steps and registration.

Click here to review your program’s available courses within your semester of admission and select classes for enrollment.

Now What?

Prior to beginning your first course it is important that you read and understand the information available under “Current Students” on this advising website.  This includes, but is not limited to, the Program Handbook, Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy, and Graduate College Policies & Procedures.  Students are responsible for information contained on this advising website, we recommend that you bookmark this page. 

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Current Students

Staff Academic Advising Questions

We are here to help!  E-mail with questions related to policies and procedures to help you navigate graduate school successfully. 

SJHR Canvas Organization

Current announcements, program newsletters, past justice briefings, upcoming events, and many more program features and details can be found in the SJHR Canvas organization, also called the "SJR Canvas Student Engagement Site".  All new students are added to the organization upon their first semester and will receive an email invitation to join.  If you are a current student and do not have access to the organization please email the program director to receive the invite,

SJHR Student Listserv

All students are automatically enrolled in the SJHR student listserv. The listserv is the primary way that information is distributed to students, from newsletters and flyers for upcoming events, to professional opportunities like jobs, conferences/workshops, and internships.

Funding Opportunities

MA SJHR Program Funding for Students (PDF)

Application for Travel & Research Funds

Travel Research (PDF)

Application for Professional Development

Professional Development (PDF)

Important Student Support Resources

Academic Calendar


University Academic Success Programs

Sexual Violence and Prevention Response

Plan of Study (iPOS)

What is the Interactive Plan of Study (iPOS)?

The Interactive Plan of Study (iPOS) functions as an agreement between the student, the academic unit, and the ASU Graduate College. It will support you as you make progress toward your degree requirements. (Learn More)

The iPOS allows you to plan for your course load, can guide registration each term, and provides an anticipated timeline for degree completion.

How do I select courses for my iPOS?

At the time of admission to a graduate program in the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences students are provided with a sequence of courses for the first semester and then work closely with the staff and faculty advisors to determine a successful path to degree completion.

How to create an iPOS?

To access the iPOS: Login to My ASU. From the My Programs box, under the Programs tab, select iPOS. Select Graduate Interactive Plan of Study (iPOS). Note: Pop up blockers may need to be turned off.  You will find instructions for submitting the iPOS in the downloadable how-to guide.

Individualized Instruction form

Advanced students in the MASJHR program with specialized and well-developed topics may choose to take JHR 580; Practicum, JHR 590: Reading and Conference, or JHR 592: Research as an individualized instruction course, working with a faculty member independently. Please refer to the MASJHR Program Handbook for additional policies.

After consulting with the faculty member with whom you want to work, please complete the Online Individualized Instruction Form. After completing the form, it may take several days to receive the line number to register.

Please submit the request to complete an individualized instruction course two weeks prior to the start of any academic semester.


If you are interested in completing an internship (584) for academic credit, please follow the below steps:

  1. Contact your graduate academic advisor at to confirm the internship meets your program’s degree requirements.
  2. Then, contact to learn more about securing an internship and enrolling for graduate credit hours.
  3. After you have received the course permission override to enroll in the 584 course:
    1) register for the class as soon as possible;
    2) email to update the iPOS on your behalf (if the credits will be used toward your graduate degree requirements).

For detailed descriptions of both the Applied Project and Thesis culminating experience options, please read the Program Handbook.

Applied Project or Thesis Proposal

In the semester prior to beginning Applied Project or Thesis, students must submit an applied project/thesis proposal, which must be approved by the entire committee, as well as the Program Director. 
To be eligible for enroll in JHR 593 Applied Project or JHR 599 Thesis, a student must: 

  • Have an up-to-date and approved iPOS on file; 
  • Have completed the Core Course Requirements of 18 credit hours (JHR 500, JHR 501, JHR 506, JHR 510, JHR 525, and JHR 584)
  • Accept invitation to enter the Canvas JHR Thesis/Applied Project Proposal course (the Canvas invite will be sent upon completion of above SJHR Proposal registration form) 
  • Submit a completed JHR Thesis/Applied Project Proposal to the Canvas course before the deadline  

Deadline to register for AND to submit the proposal is 2 weeks prior to the start of the Thesis or Applied Project semester.  

Your faculty advisor plays an important role in supporting your success in graduate school. Each enrolled student is assigned an interim faculty advisor to help them get started in the program. Your interim advisor may or may not become your official advisor/committee chair as listed in your iPOS, but they should help you identify your goals, connect you with resources, and network with other faculty. Advisors and students should both be proactive in communicating and holding regular meetings.

Our Faculty

Core Faculty:

MA SJHR program, advise students, serve on committees, and do other supportive work for the program. Below is a list of your program’s faculty who may potentially serve as your faculty chair/advisor.  Use the ASU iSearch feature to read more about each faculty’s expertise and research. 

  • Natasha Behl, MA Program Director
  • Heather Smith-Cannoy, BA Program Director
  • Audrey Comstock
  • Allan Colbern
  • Malay Firoz
  • Kendall Funk
  • Nisa Goskel
  • Jennifer Keahey
  • Sangmi Lee
  • Tricia Redeker-Hepner
  • Amit Ron
Associated Faculty:

SJHR associate faculty are tenure-line or non-tenure line faculty in SBS or in other Schools and programs. Their courses may satisfy JHR required or elective credit, and they may serve on student committees and occasionally as advisers. Use the ASU iSearch feature to read more about each faculty’s expertise and research.  Some of our current affiliated faculty include:

  • Duku Anoyke
  • Gloria Cuadraz
  • Breanne Fahs
  • Liza Hita
  • Linda Kim
  • Jennet Kirkpatrick
  • Ilana Luna
  • Majia Nadesan
  • Julia Sarreal
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