Say it Forward: A Guide to Social Justice Storytelling

This new guide by Voice of Witness provides strategies and resources for creating justice-driven oral history projects.

Oral history is a universal form of storytelling. For many years Voice of Witness has shared powerful stories of people impacted by injustice with a broad audience of readers.

Say It Forward extends this work, offering a DIY guide for social justice storytelling that outlines the critical methodology at the core of Voice of Witness’s evocative oral history collections.

What’s Inside?

  • Information, strategies, and steps to address power discrepancies, awareness of cultural norms, insider/outsider dynamics, self-care for interviewers, and more
  • An extensive resource section for oral history, community storytelling, media options for sharing stories, community-organizing resources, and clinical psychology resources related to traumatic stories and self-care
  • Field reports exemplifying how to harness the power of personal narrative to expose larger issues of inequality

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NCSS 2019 Conference – Call for Proposals

The theme of this year’s NCSS conference is “Informed Action: Agency, Advocacy, Activism.” The conference will be held November 22-24 in Austin, Texas.

NCSS is partnering with the National Council for Geographic Education and the Texas Council for the Social Studies to create an expansive professional learning experience for social studies, social science, and geographic educators and stakeholders.

2019 Call for Proposals now open! 

Proposal Deadline: March 3, 2019

>>  Submit a proposal
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Black Lives Matter at School

Mark your calendars! The Black Lives Matter at School week of action will be held from February 4-8, 2019.

Black Lives Matter At School is a national committee of educators organizing for racial justice in education.  BLM at School encourage all educators, parents, students, unions, and community organizations to join the annual week of action during the first week of February each year.

There are many ways to participate in Black Lives Matter at School week. Some educators teach BLM lessons every day of the week, wear their Black Lives Matter At School t-shirt, organize after-school rallies, facilitate their students entering the creative challenge, develop curriculum, post on social media, and rally at the school board meeting. One easy way for everyone to participate is to sign the petition endorsing the week of action

The important thing is that you act in some way to join this movement to bring down the structures of anti-Blackness in education and affirm the lives of Black students in your classroom. 

Email BlackLivesMatterAtSchool If you or your organization would like to support or endorse the week of action.

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FREE Webinar with Shelley Inglis on HRE

Sign up for this FREE webinar with Shelley Inglis, Executive Director of the Human Rights Center, University of Dayton.

Date: Monday, January 28
Time: 1 -2 pm EDT.
Where: Online Webinar
Cost: FREE
To RSVP  to join, email ucchre@gmail.com
Presenter: Shelley Inglis

Title: Experiential Learning in Human Rights Education

Webinar Description:
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.

Shelley Inglis is the Executive Director of the Human Rights Center and Research Professor of Human Rights and Law at the University of Dayton. She comes from the United Nations Development Programme where she held various management positions working on peacebuilding, democratic governance, rule of law and human rights and the Sustainable Development Agenda at headquarters in New York and regionally based in Istanbul, Turkey.

Sponsored by the University & College Consortium for Human Rights Education

Humane Education Summit

EVENT DETAILS: 

When: February 5-7, 2019
Where: Virtual 
Cost: FREE

Three days. 27 events. 46 speakers and panelists.

This FEE-FREE virtual speaker series organized by the Humane Education Coalition will bring together education professionals in human rights, animal protection, and environmental ethics to learn, share, and network

The summit will feature unique speaker sessions and facilitated discussions from more than 45 humane education experts.  Participants will learn new strategies and tools for introducing, incorporating, and enhancing educational programs, and they’ll discover opportunities for building cross-cultural connections and solving challenges.​

The Humane Education Coalition is currently seeking event sponsors. To be part of this special event to support educators around the world, click here

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Happy Human Rights Day

Today, Monday, December 10th marks the 70th ANNIVERSARY of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. A milestone document in the global history of human rights that is as relevant today as it was when drafted seven decades ago.  

Although the UDHR is not in itself legally binding, it has become the procreator of modern international human rights law, providing safeguards – and sometimes lifelines – for thousands of people from all walks of life when national laws fail them. It has parented 16UN human rights treaties that are legally binding, including the twin UN Covenants spanning economic, social and cultural and civil and political rights respectively, plus a host of regional treaties in Africa, the Americas, and Europe.

We now take for granted that such human rights standards can be used to hold our governments to account, but just 70 years ago there were no internationally recognized human rights norms at all. The very fact that the UDHR has stood the test of time is a testament to the enduring universality of its perennial values of equality, justice, and human dignity.

The promise of the UDHR, however, has yet to be fulfilled because, as all advocates know, human rights are not a given but rather require a continuous struggle to get and once that has been achieved to keep. In other words, it is down to us to promote its ethical vision as new forms of nationalism and populism threaten to challenge our world.  

At HRE USA we believe human rights education is key to ensuring a future in which all people’s rights are respected, protected, and fulfilled. Please consider supporting HRE-USA by making a tax-deductible contribution on our behalf to our fiscal sponsor, the Center for Transformative Action, a 501(c)3organization. Your donation will allow us to continue to advocate for and further develop programming that supports human rights education across the United States.

In honor of the 70th Anniversary and to help everyone celebrate the gift of the UDHR, HRE USA has created this online resource kit. You can also join the international campaign to #Standup4humanrights. 

 HAPPY HUMAN RIGHTS DAY