HRE USA at Civic Learning Week 2023

Protecting Democracy through Civic Learning & Human Rights Education

Educator Voices on the 75th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR)

Date: March 8, 2023
Time: 3pm PT/6pm ET – 4pm PT/7pm ET

This webinar features educators from across the United States who are successfully integrating human rights education (HRE) into the civic learning experiences of students at diverse grade levels.  They will share their experiences of using HRE concepts and instructional practices to help students connect with the skills, values and practices that are essential for participants in an inclusive, democratic society. Strategies for engaging youth participation and fostering youth leadership are a particular theme of the webinar.

Key questions addressed:

  • What are democratic civic values and behaviors?
  • What is human rights education and how does it support the understanding and practice of democratic civic values and behaviors?
  • How can HRE be effectively integrated into an overall program of civic education at all grade levels?
  • What are some strategies for engaging youth participation and fostering youth leadership in building a human rights supportive civil society?

The presenters and facilitator will share resources for putting HRE/democratic infused civics lessons into their programs with attenders. The webinar will be presented via Zoom and will be recorded so it can be shared with those who sign up for the webinar. There will be an opportunity for attendees to dialogue with the panel.  

This presentation is part of Human Rights Educators USA’s year of Human Rights, honoring the 75th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights  with the theme Protecting Democracy, Promoting Human Rights.


  • Rosemary Blanchard, founding member of Human Rights Educators USA ( and the Human Rights Education Community of the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS)
  • Sandy Sohcot, founding director of The World As It Could Be Human Rights Education Program (TWAICB)
  • Natalia Anciso, visual artist and educator in Oakland, CA
  • Jessica Terbrueggen, international education specialist with over fifteen years of experience working globally with diverse populations in the United States, China, Ecuador, and South Korea at the intersection of human rights and the literary arts
  • John Terry, Supervisor of Social Studies for the Bernards Township School District in Basking Ridge, N.

Special thanks to University of San Francisco and the Department of International & Multicultural Education for Co-Sponsoring and providing the webinar platform.

Code of Conduct for Virtual Events 

Human Rights Educators USA (HRE USA) is committed to providing a space to discuss the complex and interconnected nature of human rights, social justice, civic education, and social emotional learning. Per the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR,) we have both the right to freedom of expression and opinion, as well as the right to safety, privacy, and freedom from discrimination. We also have a responsibility to a society and culture where all 30 articles of the UDHR are upheld and respected. 

HRE USA asks that all of our event participants abide by and respect the following code of conduct: 

  1. Remember that we are here to learn and discuss complex and sometimes sensitive or controversial issues, and it is imperative that all participants remain professional and arrive with a mind open to learning. 
  2. We encourage questions, but for safety purposes and clarity, please use the Q&A feature to add a question for the panelists and or facilitators.
  3. If the chat feature is active, remember that it is being monitored for the safety of participants and facilitators. 
  4. There is no tolerance for the following behaviors:
    1. Threats or suggestions of violence. 
    2. Discriminatory language, including insults, jokes, and or the use of derogatory terms.
    3. Posting of personal information without permission. 
    4. Posting explicit material.
    5. Encouraging or inciting any of the above. 

We reserve the right to remove any participant who violates our code of conduct.

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