CHRYAS 2017-2018



First enshrined in the 1989 UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Right to Identity highlights a person’s inherent right to know and maintain their ties to their family, community, and culture.  As a right, it is both intensely individual and personal, as well as collective and social.   There are as many dimensions to the right to identity as there are to identity itself, and focusing on this theme allows students to explore a wide range of issues related to adoption, cultural assimilation, indigenous rights, statelessness and refugees, and gender identity.

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Key Dates and Activities:

August 28, 2017 – Participating Teacher Professional Development and Planning

Participating teachers are invited to join a one-day professional development and planning session hosted by the Dodd Center.  During this workshop, teachers will be provided an overview of the annual theme, suggested strategies and resources for integrating the theme in their classrooms and student projects, and participate in planning for this year’s December and March Summits.

December 18, 2017 – December Summit

Students and educators convene on the UConn Storrs campus to share and discuss their Research Projects, and to brainstorm and design Action Projects to support the Right to Identity in their global, national, and local communities.  Registration deadline for participating students is November 17.

March 16, 2018 – March Summit

Students and educators convene on the UConn Storrs campus to share their experiences planning and implementing their Action Projects, and develop new skills for pursuing social change in their communities. Registration deadline for participating students is February 16.



Participation in CHRYAS activities are free of charge.  Schools, however, are expected to provide transportation to and from UConn for the summits, and to provide necessary facilities and materials for students to pursue Research and Action Projects.  A limited number of grants are available from the Dodd Center to help support participation by a diverse range of schools and students.


For more information, please contact Jake Skrzypiec (, Abby Esposito (, or Glenn Mitoma (