Year of Graduation: 2012
Program: Master of Arts in Human Rights
“The most important takeaway from my CEU studies was that human rights are not only universal, but also indivisible and interrelated,” says Tomas Vytautas Raskevičius, a graduate of the M.A. in Human Rights program and the Chair of the Human Rights Committee of the Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania.
He considers his experience at CEU rewarding, but challenging: “I have not only learned a lot in theory but was also able to directly apply that knowledge in my professional career,” he says. His research interests focus on LGBT+ equality. Tomas believes that CEU played a crucial role in shaping his career. He fondly remembers studying under his favorite professors - Renáta Uitz and Eszter Polgári - who also supervised his thesis.
After graduation, Tomas worked as a paralegal for the national LGBT+ rights organization, and then moved to the public sector, working for the Ombudsperson for Equal Opportunities, which eventually led him to the Lithuanian Parliament. “If it were not for the CEU, I would not have been able to pursue my professional path in the field of human rights,” Tomas mentions.
When asked what advice he would give to current and prospective students, he replies – “Enjoy; even though it seems too hard sometimes! You will remember this experience in a few years as the best year of your life”.
Personal webpage: https://www.raskevicius.lt/