News & Updates

2020 Steering Committee Nominations

Interested in helping shape the future of human rights education? Then consider nominating yourself or a colleague to join HRE USA’s Steering Committee. 

Our rules call for the election every summer of new Steering Committee members to replace retiring members. This year there are TWO open seats to be filled, and we invite all members to make nominations for their replacements. You may nominate anyone who fits the criteria for membership and can fulfill the responsibilities of Steering Committee members, including nominating yourself!

Brief biographies of current Steering Committee members can be viewed here. A ballot will be sent to all HRE USA members in July.

Elected Steering Committee members will serve a three-year term beginning in August 2020.


>> Learn more
>> Nomination Form

For further inquiries, please contact Kirby Edmonds

Course: Teaching for Intercultural Citizenship and Human Rights

When: June 1 – July 10
Where: Online through University of Connecticut
Language of instruction: English
Credits: 3

Students will review theories and models of intercultural competence/citizenship and human rights education. They will then design a research project or curricular unit for a specific purpose in which they apply models of intercultural competence/ citizenship and human rights in practice. Upon completion of this course you (will be able to):

  • Adapt human rights education and intercultural citizenship education for specific contexts and settings.
  • Plan an intercultural citizenship and human rights project to meet the needs of diverse groups (curriculum, workshop, research project, advocacy campaign, independently or in partnership with a school or nonprofit organization).

The course is cross-listed as an undergraduate and graduate course, and counts towards the Human Rights Graduate Certificate at UCONN.

Registration Deadline: May 18

Manuela Wagner Email:
Sandra Sirota             

For questions, or to enroll in the course, please email the instructors.

May 11 Day of Advocacy #HumanRightsAtHome during COVID-1

May 11 was the original date for the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the United States, which was supposed to take place at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the review was postponed until November 2020. 

For grassroots organizations who have been advocating around the UPR process and preparing for May 11, the postponement of the review provides an opportunity for us to further advocate around our issue areas, including demanding that the US abide by its human rights obligations in its response to COVID-19. 

The US Human Rights Network Coordinating Center & UPR Task Force are calling for a Day of Action on Monday, May 11, 2020.

Here’s how you can participate:

  1. Read and share the US Human Right Network’s 2019-2020 Human Rights Report, which will feature the stories of 10 grassroots activists. The report will be released via on May 11 – help us share the news with the hashtags #HRR2020, #GrowingGrassroots and #HumanRightsAtHome and tag us @ushrn on Twitter and @ushrnetwork on IG.
  2. Participate in a UPR Cities Webinar on “Protecting People & Advancing Dignity Economies” at 1pm PT / 3pm CT / 4pm ET. The virtual gathering is aimed at helping community advocates learn how to use the UPR process to advocate for their communities. You’ll hear about the world’s first national cities stakeholder report to the UN; organizers from New Orleans, Washington DC, and Pittsburgh will show how the UPR can help local organizing; and you’ll learn about the Southern Mayors’ Human Rights Agenda and how it can help define the kind of post-COVID-19 city we all need. Participate via this link:
  3. Check out and share this short video, which highlights the April 15 briefing to UN diplomats, where seven key issue areas were presented by our members and partners. Watch the full briefing video and access the presentations on the UPR 2020 Resources page.

Summer Institute on Climate Education

When: July 22-24, 2020
Where: Hamline University in St. Paul, MN
Cost: $200 (scholarships available)

Registration is open for Climate Generation’s 15th annual Summer Institute to be held at Hamline University in St. Paul, MN on July 22-24, 2020. Educators from all backgrounds and subjects are invited to attend and learn new tools, skills, and resources to teach climate in science, social studies, ELA, environmental studies, geography, art, math, and more!. 20 hours of continuing education and optional graduate credit. Multi-disciplinary school teams are encouraged to attend with a $50 discount for each participant.

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(Re)View HRE USA 101 Webinar

HRE USA would like to thank everyone who participated in our new membership webinar last month. If you missed it or would like to review or share the video and resources, we have made the entire webinar available online. 

>> View full presentation
>> View slides only

We also encourage you to connect with your regional chapter. If you do not see a chapter or representative in your area and would like to serve, please let us know. Also be sure to check out our HRE online library if you haven’t already!

If you have any questions, are interested in learning more about or joining any of our committees or projects, or have a new idea, please let us know. We are always looking for new members to carry out important HRE initiatives. Just email and we will reply within a few days. 

Dignity & Rights 15th Anniversary Celebration

When: Thursday, April 30, 2020
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 pm EST
Where: Live Stream
Cost: FREE

Since their founding in 2004, Partners for Dignity & Rights (formerly National Economic and Social Rights Initiative) has worked in partnership with community organizations around the country to harness the power of people most affected by inequity and injustice. Please join them for their 15th Anniversary celebration that will recognize inspiring leaders and further their mission to create the equitable human rights society and multiracial inclusive democracy we all need.  

>> Learn more and register