Oct. 21, 2019 – Teacher Workshop: Youth Voices in Human Rights Ed.

Educator Workshop

Centering Youth Voices in Human Rights Education and Advocacy

Monday, October 21, 2019
8:30am – 3:00pm

Storrs Campus

Student Union Room 310

FREE for classroom educators and community-based practitioners


CHRYAS Presentation


In recent years, young people all over the world have become more engaged in advocacy and activism on human rights issues such as the climate crisis, gun violence, and migrant and refugee rights. To support their efforts, schools and communities can partner to provide students with the knowledge, values, and skills necessary to create meaningful civic participation and engagement.

With the approaching 30th anniversary of the landmark international Convention on the Rights of the Child, we invite educators and community-based practitioners to join us for a day-long workshop focused on creating opportunities for youth leadership and voice in classrooms and community-based organizations.

This workshop will bring together classroom educators, community-based practitioners, and youth leaders to explore centering youth voices in human rights education and advocacy.

Participants will:

  • Learn and strengthen knowledge about human rights concepts and advocacy strategies.
  • Practice using human rights-based approaches, which include participatory, interactive, and experiential learning methods that respect human rights.
  • Hear from a panel of youth activists and leaders in human rights advocacy related to current events such as gun violence, the climate crisis, migrant and refugee rights, and incarceration.
  •  Collaborate with youth experts to create and modify human rights lessons and activities for their own settings and contexts.


Workshop Facilitators

Glenn Mitoma Picture Glenn Mitoma is an Assistant Professor of Human Rights and Education, jointly appointed with the Human Rights and the Neag School of Education Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Glenn has been director of the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center since 2013, and has focused on increasing the Dodd Center’s impact on the realization of human rights in Connecticut and beyond. He has taught broadly in the Human Rights program and worked as part of the team that established UConn’s innovative undergraduate human rights major.
Sandra Sirota Image Sandra Sirota is a Postdoctoral Researcher with the Human Rights Institute at the University of Connecticut. Sandra co-founded the Advocacy Lab, a nonprofit organization providing human rights education to secondary school students in New York City and served on the founding steering committee of Human Rights Educators USA, from 2012 to 2014. She teaches courses and workshops on human rights, social justice, education, and social movements. She received her doctoral degree from Columbia University Teachers College, with a concentration in peace and human rights education.
Danielle DeRosa Picture Danielle DeRosa is a Clinical Instructor in the Sport Management Program and an Assistant Director for Husky Sport, a campus-community partnership. Through this partnership, Husky Sport facilitates the opportunity for UConn staff and students to engage in a collaborative relationship with community and campus partners to develop, deliver, and evaluate youth development programs that are aimed at enhancing exposure, knowledge, and opportunity to engage in physical activity, healthy nutrition, and academic achievement, as part of positive lifestyles and opportunities.