Brown Dog Consulting believes that putting knowledge in the hands of policymakers, program managers, development practitioners and advocates working to advance human rights is critical to recognizing marginalization, identifying barriers and creating mechanisms to overcome and remove them.
Our goal is to advance knowledge for the public good. We prioritize working with marginalized communities, creating visibility around issues affecting the most vulnerable and training the next generation of human rights leaders.
At BDC, we envision a world in which all people get access to the justice, resources and services that enable them to fully realize their human rights. We are committed to bridging the gap between research and practice so that all people, regardless of identity or circumstance, can lead lives of dignity.
We are the sister organization of Lotus Circle, a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that facilitates public engagement with and in support of BDC.
Learn more about our Founder, Megan McCloskey.
Megan is the founder of Brown Dog Consulting and its sister charitable organization, Lotus Circle, which together provide a platform for work with human rights advocates providing research and technical support on the implementation of gender equality, social inclusion, and anti-discrimination policies and programs. Megan is the co-author of UNFPA’s 2018 global study on the prevention of and responses to gender-based violence against young people with disabilities and realization of their sexual and reproductive health and rights, and is a co-author of the 2018 assessment of disability inclusion within the United Nations system prepared for UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Catalina Devandas. She recently concluded a study for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on school violence and bullying involving children and young adults with disabilities. Megan has written and presented on a variety of topics relating to the protection of women’s rights including access to justice and legal responses to domestic violence in Viet Nam and the impact of women’s political leadership on development in Rwanda. Megan also served as the gender advisor to a multi-country team conducting an evaluation of inclusive education in Nepal, Malawi and Cambodia on behalf of USAID.
Megan holds a J.D. from the University of Michigan School of Law, a LL.M. in Sustainable International Development Law from the University of Washington Law School and a Master of Arts in International Studies from the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington. At the University of Washington she is Senior Fellow in the Disability Inclusive Development Initiative within the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies’ International Policy Institute. She expects to receive her Ph.D. from the University of Washington in 2021.