AFSA National High School Essay Contest

AFSA’s annual contest has challenged high school students from around the nation to explore and research some of the most difficult questions related to the Foreign Service and American diplomacy. This year, the contest asks pointedly “why diplomacy and peacebuilding matter.” The United States has many tools to advance and defend its foreign policy and national security interests around the world—from diplomatic approaches pursued by members of the Foreign Service, to the range of options available to the U.S. military. In countries affected by or vulnerable to violent conflict, peacebuilding tools are important additions to the national security toolkit.

Deadline: March 15, 2019

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The Power of Human Rights Education Website

The Power of Human Rights Education is open web resource on human rights education recently launched on 18 September 2018 at a side event to the HRC session, to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the UDHR and to contribute to the goals of the World Programme for Human Rights Education. The website promotes human rights education through a visual exhibition and a series of films (Path to Dignity), as well as inspirations to take action. The site was developed by HRE 2020, Soka Gakkai International, NGO Working Group on HRE and Learning, and the Platform of member states for Human Rights Education and Training, with thanks to the OHCHR. 

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International Journal of Human Rights Education

The International Journal of Human Rights Education (IJHRE) is a peer-reviewed, online, open-access journal that was launched in 2017 with its inaugural issue. 

Volume 2 of the journal is now available.  

Hosted by the University of San Francisco’s Gleeson Library and Geschke Resource Center, the IJHRE provides the global movement for human rights education with a dynamic and democratic platform for debates, ideas, and lessons from engaged scholarship and practice. The IJHRE is an independent journal dedicated to the examination of the theory, research, and practice central to the field of human rights education. The aim of this journal is to serve as a central location for critical thought in the field and to energize new efforts in research and praxis.

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Fundraising For Human Rights Workshop


Tuesday, January 15th 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Tuesday, January 22th 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Tuesday, January 29th 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Location: Interchurch Center – 475 Riverside Drive, 3rd Floor, New York, NY
Cost: $395 Early bird rate of $345 for those who register by December 14th!

This three-day workshop teaches the practical skills of fundraising, including a comprehensive overview of charitable giving; various types of fundraising appeals; the elements of a grant proposal; and prospect research resources. Participants will learn to select appropriate fundraising approaches for their work, how to craft a compelling case for financial support, how to write an effective grant proposal and how to research and identify prospective donors. Participants will also receive feedback on a fundraising case statement, a proposal and budget outline, and draft donor list.

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Free Webinar on the ICCPR: International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights

Event Details:

Date: Thursday, December 6
Time: 1pm (EST)
Location: Online Webinar
Cost: FREE

Join the US Human Rights Network for a discussion on the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR} and how Civil society and Indigenous Peoples can engage and contribute to the List of Issues Prior to Reporting, which will form the basis for the U.S. Government s periodic report to the Human Right Committee.  The presentation will last 40 minutes followed by a 20 minute Q & A.

Background: The U.S. has agreed to receive from the UN Human Rights Committee a List of Issues Prior to Reporting, which will form the basis for the U.S. Government’s periodic report to the Committee. The Human Rights Committee was established to monitor the implementation of the ICCPR. U.S. Civil Society organizations and Indigenous Peoples can submit issues in the form of questions or recommendations that can be considered for inclusion within the List of Issues Prior to Reporting. The deadline for submissions is January 14, 2019.

To register, RSVP to and you will receive a Webex link via email a few days before the webinar.

Dorothy Cotton-Civil Rights Icon: Celebration of Her Life and Legacy


When: Saturday, August 11th, 2018
Time: 2:00 – 4:30 pm
Where: Bailey Hall, 230 Garden Ave, Cornell University Campus, Ithaca, NY
Cost: FREE and open to the public

Dorothy Foreman Cotton passed peacefully on June 10th. While many of us mourn her passing, this event will be a celebration of her extraordinary life and a legacy that has truly changed not only our nation but the world.
Guests and speakers include the Honorable John R. Lewis, Ambassador Andrew Young, Reverend William Barber, and others who knew and admired Dorothy Cotton and her life’s work. The Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers will be performing songs of inspiration and praise in the African American tradition.
Tickets are NOT available online.
Free tickets are available at several locations:
  • Downtown Ithaca Visitor Center, 171 Center Ithaca, on the Commons
  • Tompkins County Public Library, 101 East Green St, Ithaca
  • 119 Anabel Taylor Hall, 548 College Ave, on Cornell  Campus
  • Africana Library, 310 Triphammer Rd, on Cornell Campus
  • Greater Ithaca Activities Center, 301 W Court St, Ithaca, NY
  • Southside Community Center, 305 S Plain St, Ithaca, NY