News & Updates

Brainstorming Workshop: Decolonizing Curriculum and Pedagogy in Human Rights and Beyond

Thursday, May 26th at 11am ET/9am MT

Register here

Many academic programs around the globe are seeking to develop more decolonial pedagogies and curricula, but there is not an easy way to determine how decolonial a program is and in what areas it needs to improve. Faculty and students at the University of Arizona have developed a draft pool of items that can be used to address these issues and they are seeking input from a wide range of stakeholders to modify the pool of items and to determine the best way to deploy such a scale in a range of contexts.

Please join us for a brainstorming session about decolonizing pedagogy and curriculum, especially what are the best ways to assess such a critical undertaking.

Facilitators: William Paul Simmons and Sophie Alves, University of Arizona

This project is made possible in part through funding from CUES, the Center for University Education Scholarship at the University of Arizona.

UC Davis Full-Year – Human Rights Studies Position

The Human Rights Studies Program at the University of California, Davis plans to recruit for a Unit 18 Lecturer for the 2022-2023 academic year.  Primary duties will be to teach six courses in support of the undergraduate teaching program, including: HMR 132 “Human Rights and the Refugee;” HMR 134 “Human Rights;” HMR 130 “Human Rights Topics;” HMR 135 “Human Rights Tools;” HMR 138 “Human Rights, Gender and Sexuality;” HMR 190 “Seminar;” and other courses as assigned and depending on the successful candidate’s training and expertise. Assignment of classes, hours of instruction, and office hours are at the discretion of the program. Classes taught are between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm, Monday-Friday. Salary is commensurate with education, qualifications, and experience. This appointment is renewable contingent on program teaching needs and funding.  The successful candidate will join a growing interdisciplinary community of scholars committed to excellence in Human Rights Studies research, teaching and public engagement.  Support for research or conference travel may be available. For information about the program and courses of instruction, please visit

Registration is now live for the Summer Institute for Climate Change Education!

July 18th and 19th, 2022

Plus a regional cohort day on July 21, 22, or 22.

Register now for a three-day virtual conference on climate change education built by educators and climate change professionals from across North America! Gain the skills, tools, and resources to teach climate change in all subject areas. For more information and agenda, visit this page.

RFK Human Rights is seeking a Human Rights Education (HRE) Youth Engagement Program Associate 

Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights is seeking a Human Rights Education (HRE) Youth Engagement Program Associate to further the organization’s work on its human rights education program, Speak Truth To Power. This position within Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights provides for a unique opportunity to synchronize and grow a youth engagement program to facilitate students to take action around human rights issues; providing support mechanisms for human rights educators engaged in bringing human rights activism to their students; and supporting the student facing activities in our human rights whole school approach. The HRE Youth Engagement Program Associate would be responsible for the management and evaluation of Speak Truth to Power’s youth engagement work and initiatives in accordance with the standards set out by the organization. Learn more and apply 

Human Rights Watch: Human Rights 101 videos

Human Rights Watch (HRW) is an international nonprofit organization that investigates and exposes human rights abuses around the world. The organization directly advocates with governments, armed groups and businesses, pushing them to change or enforce their laws, policies and practices. This spring, HRW launched a “Human Rights 101” YouTube video playlist (available in English, French, Arabic, and Spanish) with 10 short, introductory human rights videos. Subscribe to be notified about new videos!

HRE USA’s partner Human Rights Watch Student Task Force is supporting the creation of these videos from HRW!  

HRE USA welcomes 2022 Summer Edmonds Fellows

HRE USA welcomes its second cohort of 2022 Summer Edmonds Fellows. The fellows will work on the the following 2022 Summer Fellowship Projects: Veronica Bido and Hallie McRae will work on HRE USA Community Engagement and Development, Natalie Roach will focus on Strengthening HRE USA Regional Representative Community. For more information about the fellows, please visit the 2022 Edmonds Summer Fellows page.

Join Affilia: Feminist Inquiry in Social Work for a Critical Feminist Social Work Roundtable on social work and reproductive justice.

Thu, April 28, 2022

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM CDT

Register here

Join Affilia: Feminist Inquiry in Social Work for another Critical Feminist Social Work Roundtable. We will hear Zakiya Luna, Stephanie Begun, and Erica Goldblatt Hyatt discuss their use of critical feminisms in social work research. Mery Diaz, Editorial Board member at Affilia, will moderate.

This Zoom webinar is hosted and co-sponsored by the New York College of Technology’s Human Services Department, Gender & Sexuality Studies, and Center for LGBTQ Studies. Live Zoom transcription will be enabled for this event.

Below are bios and recent articles by the moderator and panelists. Articles will be available open-access April 21 – May 5.

Learn more about Affilia at and follow us on Twitter @AffiliaJournal.


What is the purpose of the webinar? To showcase criticial feminist research and scholarship in social work; promote dialogue and education related to critical feminisms; promote authors who publish in Affilia: Feminist Inquiry in Social Work; promote readership, submissions, reviewers, and leadership for Affilia: Feminist Inquiry in Social Work.

Will participants be able to ask questions? Participants can ask questions in the Eventbrite registration form and during the webinar via the Q&A function. Moderators will review questions and choose a select number to pose to the panelists during the Q&A portion of the webinar.

Will the chat be open? The chat will be closed for all roundtables. With the number of registrants, we want our moderator and panelists to be able to focus on the questions and prompts at-hand.

Moderator: Mery Diaz

Mery F. Diaz, DSW, is an Associate Professor in the Human Services Department at the New York City College of Technology, CUNY. Her work examines the minoritized, racialized, and gendered school experiences of young people, school mental health services, and social justice issues. She is co-editor of Narrating Practice with Children and Adolescents (Columbia University Press, 2019) and is on the editorial board of Affilia: Feminist Inquiry in Social Work.

Read Dr. Diaz’s recent co-authored publication in Affilia, From Abortion Rights to Reproductive Justice: A Call to Action at

Panelist: Zakiya Luna

Zakiya Luna, PhD is Dean’s Distinguished Professorial Scholar in the Department of Sociology at Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Luna’s research is in the areas of social change, sociology of law, health, and inequality. She is interested in social movements, human rights, and reproduction with an emphasis on the effects of intersecting inequalities within and across these sites. She recently published Reproductive Rights as Human Rights: Women of Color and the Fight for Reproductive Justice (New York University Press, 2020). She is currently working on an edited volume, Black Feminist Sociology: Perspectives and Praxis with Whitney Pirtle under contract with Routledge Press. Dr. Luna was also the lead author of the Reproductive Justice review article in the 2013 volume of the Annual Review of Law and Social Science and is the co-creator and former co-editor of the University of California Press book series, Reproductive Justice: A New Vision for the 21st Century.

Explore the edited volume that Dr. Luna is currently working on with Whitney Pirtle, Black Feminist Sociology: Perspectives and Praxis at and the book series she co-created and co-edited, Reproductive Justice: A New Vision for the 21st Century at

Panelist: Stephanie Begun

Stephanie Begun is an Assistant Professor at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto, where she also co-founded and co-directs the Youth Wellness Lab, a research collaborative that convenes academic researchers, community-based partners, and youth with a shared goal of improving services and outcomes across multiple intersecting domains by, with, and for youth. Stephanie’s experiences in reproductive justice policy and community organizing prompted her commitment to an academic career in social work research and advocacy. Her scholarship focuses on improving family planning access, education, and outcomes among equity-seeking youth populations, with particular attention paid to youth experiencing homelessness.

Read Dr. Begun’s co-authored publication in Affilia, Pedestal or Gutter: Exploring Ambivalent Sexism’s Relationship with Abortion Attitudes at

Panelist: Erica Golblatt Hyatt

Dr. Erica Goldblatt Hyatt is an Associate Teaching Professor and Acting Director of the DSW Program at the Rutgers University School of Social work. She is an administrator, clinician, author, and activist. She is one of the few specialists in the United States working with people and families who have ended a pregnancy due to fetal anomaly. Her published “ACCEPT” model and DOUBLE RAINBOW approach (co-authored with Judith McCoyd) are the only interventions available for social work and mental health clinicians to support this group specifically. She works with women across the spectrum of perinatal/baby loss, and also specializes in infertility. She is passionate about Reproductive Justice and has been frequently welcomed to advocate for abortion access alongside Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf.

Read one of two publications Dr. Goldblatt Hyatt recently published in Affilia, Examining Social Work Students Knowledge of and Attitudes About Abortion and Curriculum Coverage in Social Work Education at

“Weaving Out of the Web”

UROCK! and HRE USA Web Presentation


April 25, 7:00-8:00pm, EST

Fly out of life’s catastrophes to dive in and explore key human ontologies of identity, inclusion, and exclusion – linking our work to the real work of the UDHR and related Conventions. This workshop provides a Behavioral Psychological approach to the Arts and Human Rights.

Peter DiGennaro, M.A. (Arts Politics, Human Rights Ed.)

Director, URock! HRE

The human instinct of artistic practice – the physicalized expression of our inner self as it relates to the outer world – is integral and essential, whether we sense it or not, to personal and community wellness and wisdom. Through this simple and fun Human Rights and Peace Education exercise, Peter DiGennaro (Director, URock! Human Rights) introduces participants to the “Poetics of Intimation” – a sense-event through the arts of movement (Zoom Hand Dancing!) and writing (Crazy Poetry!) that playfully examines the critical issues of human ontology: identity, inclusion, and exclusion. Attendees of any artistic “skill” level and genre – or none! – are welcome as we ripen our own processes of investigation, while linking what appears in our work to specific, formal articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and its related Conventions.

This introductory or second-step Human Rights & Peace Education exercise can be used as an icebreaker, as a more immediate unveiling of experience and memory, and/or as creative source material when attending to the witness of exclusion and inclusion. Notably, the exercise fosters a distinct practice of trust-possibility – with oneself and with others – given the concurrent personally and privately managed levels of sharing, now coupled to the informative practice of artistic process preserved within the investigation. Though basic in construct, and fairly brief in execution, this exercise is both reflective and reflexive in its scaffolded design, gradated process, and analog production, presenting a “door-opener” to greater personal and social capacity, consciousness, and courage to engage. 

Oh…and it’s FUN!