University and College Consortium for Human Rights Education

The University and College Consortium for Human Rights Education was established in April 2016 out of a group of individuals who saw the need for and benefit of collaboration among those engaged in human rights education.

We are practitioners, researchers, instructors, advocates, professionals, students, administrators, alumni and other members of the university and college communities globally that are engaged in human rights education.



Webinar Schedule

Date/Time Topic
February 12, 2020
1:00pm - 2:oopm EDT
Teaching Advocacy

How do you effectively teach human rights advocacy? What skills are important and what teaching methods are effective? Mila Rosenthal (bio) and Bill Simmons (bio) will discuss how they teach human rights advocacy and will share successes and challenges to teaching a skills-oriented course. The discussion will be opened up to participants for questions and to share their own experiences teaching advocacy.
March 4, 2020
1:00pm - 2:oopm EDT
Research Methods

Details coming soon!

April 22, 2020
1:00pm - 2:oopm EST
Scholars at Risk

How can universities develop their engagement with human rights and human rights education? Scholars at Risk (SAR) is an international network of institutions and individuals whose mission it is to protect scholars and promote academic freedom. During this webinar, you can learn about how to get involved with SAR's work, its overlap with human rights education, and how to further this work on campus. Shreya Balhara and Alex Bell will speak about SAR's new initiative, Practitioners at Risk, to support threatened human rights defenders on university campuses and SAR's advocacy work with a focus on student advocacy seminars. These seminars provide university and college students with the opportunity to develop human rights research and advocacy skills through direct engagement on behalf of threatened members of the global higher education community.

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Previous Webinars

April 1, 2019
1:00pm - 2:oopm EST
Discussion with Sandra Sirota, consultant to the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

UCCHRE will host an online discussion via Zoom on the drafting of the Plan of Action for the 4th Phase of the World Programme for Human Rights Education, which is focused on youth (roughly ages 15 - 24). Please join us to offer your perspectives and provide input for the plan. Recommendations from this discussion will be shared with the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

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Jan. 28, 2019
1:00pm - 2:oopm EDT
Discussion with Shelley Inglis, the new Executive Director of the Human Rights Center at the University of Dayton.

The webinar will explore the role of experiential learning in human rights higher education. Principles of experiential learning and specific examples of its application in the context of human rights internationally and nationally from the University of Dayton will be outlined. After a presentation of this emerging methodology and insights from these experiences, the discussion will focus on exchanging approaches, methods and lessons learned from other Universities and contexts.

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Oct. 8, 2018
1:00pm - 2:oopm EST
Discussion with André Keet, Chair of Critical Studies in Higher Education Transformation, Nelson Mandela University

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Apr. 12, 2018
12:00 - 1:00pm EST
During this webinar, members of the Case Western Reserve University Science and Human Rights Coalition will share their experience working at the intersection of science and human rights at their university. Participants will have the opportunity to share their experiences, ask questions, and explore opportunities to foster collaboration with STEM scholars and practitioners on human rights issues and activities.

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Feb. 8, 2018
12:00 - 1:00pm EDT
During this webinar, we will discuss the current controversies and debates about "free speech" on college campuses from a human rights perspective. Glenn Mitoma will facilitate of discussion of recent experiences at the University of Connecticut, and invite participants are invited to share experiences, analysis, and questions for other universities and colleges.

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Report: Human Rights Education Needs Greater Attention in U.S. Higher Education

The Human Rights Educators USA (HRE USA) Network and the University and College Consortium for Human Rights Education (UCCHRE) submitted a report to the UN Human Rights Council highlighting the need for greater human rights education across higher education institutions in the United States.

“All higher education programs can do more to advance human rights and we hope this report will facilitate greater collaboration and discussion to that end,” stated Kristina Eberbach, Director of Education at the Institute for the Study of Human Rights.

The report was submitted in anticipation of the U.S. mid-term review process for the Universal Periodic Review and reviews over 133 higher education institutions in the United States for human rights and rights-related topics within the curriculum of schools of education, military academies and schools of social work. The document recognizes promising practices, particularly in schools of social work, but calls  for the U.S. government to encourage and support HRE in those institutions operated by the government or receiving federal funding.  

Information for this report was gathered in 2017 through a coordinated research effort involving faculty, staff, and students at Columbia University (Institute for the Study of Human Rights, Teachers College) and the University of Connecticut (Thomas J. Dodd Research Center) on behalf of HRE USA and UCCHRE.

This recent report builds on the first-ever Stakeholder Report on the status of human rights education that was submitted as part of the UPR review in 2015. This first report, carried out by HRE USA in cooperation with the US Human Right Network, overviewed the status of HRE in U.S. schools, drawing on a survey administered to members and incorporating other information from secondary source such as policy reports and legislation. HRE USA emphasized the importance of the U.S. government in supporting HRE within state-level curriculum standards, teacher training and whole school attempts to reduce violence.




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