Kaylee Bradford, from Columbia University, will report her recent research investigating how HRE is currently being taught to preservice teachers in the United States and to what extent preservice HRE courses are implementing recommended practices in the field. Additionally, she will discuss what challenges and opportunities exist for HRE incorporation in teacher education programs moving forward. Following the presentation, we will engage in a lively Q&A and open discussion to identify what our next steps should be in advancing this cause.

We invite you to register in advance for this meeting here: https://tinyurl.com/preserviceHRE. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Please reach out to kristi@hreusa.org if you have any questions or concerns.


UCCHRE hosts approximately 3 webinars each semester on topics relevant to network members. Members can suggest topics for future webinars by emailing ucchre@gmail.com. Past webinars are described below.

November 20, 2020Human Rights Education from the Students’ Perspective

One of the main principles of human rights education is to ensure it is learner-centered. This discussion focused on the experiences and perspectives of human rights university and college students. Students from four different human rights programs discussed their experiences in the human rights classroom with respect to education about, through, and for human rights. Click here to watch a recording of this event.

October 16, 2020 – Human Rights Classrooms and Elections: Teaching the Day After

During this event, human rights educators discussed how they plan to address anticipated challenges and opportunities with respect to teaching after the 2020 U.S. elections. They also shared techniques for ensuring an inclusive and respectful environment around teaching and discussing contentious issues. Click here to watch a recording of this event.

September 25, 20202020-21 UCCHRE Annual Forum: HRE Opportunities, Challenges, and the New Academic Year

What are some key opportunities for HRE you’ve identified for this coming year?
What challenges are you facing/anticipating for HRE this coming year?
What would you like UCCHRE to focus on this coming year?

April 22, 2020Scholars at Risk

How can universities develop their engagement with human rights and human rights education? Scholars at Risk (SAR) is an international network of institutions and individuals whose mission is to protect scholars and promote academic freedom. During this webinar, you can learn about how to get involved with SAR’s work, its overlap with human rights education, and how to further this work on campus. Shreya Balhara and Alex Bell will speak about SAR’s new initiative, Practitioners at Risk, to support threatened human rights defenders on university campuses and SAR’s advocacy work with a focus on student advocacy seminars. These seminars provide university and college students with the opportunity to develop human rights research and advocacy skills through direct engagement on behalf of threatened members of the global higher education community. Click here to watch a recording of this event.

March 27, 2020Teaching Human Rights During Covid-19

As many colleges and universities have had to abruptly turn to online teaching for the remainder of the semester, this webinar will focus on teaching human rights online. The webinar offers an opportunity to come together as a community to share stories of resilience, address challenges, and share human rights specific resources. To that end, we have also created a google doc for all of us to share resources for teaching human rights. Please feel free to add to it as it is a work in progress. Click here to watch a recording of the event.

February 12, 2020Teaching Advocacy

How do you effectively teach human rights advocacy? What skills are important and what teaching methods are effective? Mila Rosenthal (bio) and Bill Simmons (bio) will discuss how they teach human rights advocacy and will share successes and challenges to teaching a skills-oriented course. The discussion will be opened up to participants for questions and to share their own experiences teaching advocacy. Click here to watch a recording of this event.

October 30, 2019 – Speaking Out as a Human Rights Educator

When should individual educators or educational institutions speak out regarding human rights issues?  Does your institution/human rights center have guidelines in place? Do you as an individual have a set of standards you consider when making these decisions? 

We will hear from 2-3 individuals from different universities and then open the webinar up for discussion. 

September 25, 2019How Do You Introduce Introduction to Human Rights?

How do you present the complexities of human rights without overwhelming students? How do you present an internationally agreed-upon set of standards while also rooting human rights in the individual, varied lived experiences of your students? How do you ensure students think critically about the international human rights framework?

In this webinar, professors from various colleges and universities (Sarita Cargas, Susan Katz, and Sandra Sirota) will share what the first few days of their Introduction to Human Rights courses look like. We will then open it up to a general discussion in an effort to begin to identify shared effective contents and pedagogies. Click here to watch a recording of this event.

April 1, 2019Drafting the Plan of Action for the 4th Phase of the World Programme for Human Rights Education 

UCCHRE will host an online discussion via Zoom with Sandra Sirota, consultant to the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on the drafting of the Plan of Action for the 4th Phase of the World Programme for Human Rights Education, which is focused on youth (roughly ages 15 – 24). Please join us to offer your perspectives and provide input for the plan. Recommendations from this discussion will be shared with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

January 28, 2019Experiential Learning and Human Rights

Discussion with Shelley Inglis, the new Executive Director of the Human Rights Center at the University of Dayton.

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.

October 8, 2018Can Human Rights Education be Transformative, Critical, and Emancipatory?

A discussion with André Keet, Chair of Critical Studies in Higher Education Transformation, Nelson Mandela University, South Africa.

André Keet holds the Chair in Critical Studies in Higher Education Transformation at Nelson Mandela University, South Africa. He is a Visiting Professor at the Centre for Race, Education, and Decoloniality, Carnegie School of Education at Leeds Beckett University, UK. Prior to this, he served as the Director of the Institute for Reconciliation and Social Justice at the University of the Free State, South Africa.

He shares: “I approach the question – Can Human Rights Education be Transformative, Critical, and Emancipatory? from two angles.

One, through a reflexive piece on Does Human Rights Education Exist? (2017). In this paper, I trace my own thoughts and praxes on human rights education (HRE) in conversation with others since 2007. An element of self-referentiality is tracking my arguments, for which I apologize. Revisiting my research and engagement with HRE over the past decade, I try to make sense of the shifts in my own praxes to disclose, to myself, radical‐alternative possibilities for thinking and doing HRE. In traveling with myself, and others, I began to wonder: Does Human Rights Education exist?

Two, via an edited compilation (2018) put together by Michalinos Zembylas and me, Critical Human Rights, Citizenship, and Democracy Education. This book presents new scholarly research that views human rights, democracy, and citizenship education as a critical project. Written by an international line-up of contributors including academics from Canada, Cyprus, Ireland, South Africa, Sweden, the UK, and the USA, this book provides a cross-section of theoretical work as well as case studies on the challenges and possibilities of bringing together notions of human rights, democracy, and citizenship in education.

April 12, 2018Science-Technology-Engineering-Math fields and Human Rights in Higher Education

During this webinar, members of the Case Western Reserve University Science and Human Rights Coalition will share their experience working at the intersection of science and human rights at their university. Participants will have the opportunity to share their experiences, ask questions, and explore opportunities to foster collaboration with STEM scholars and practitioners on human rights issues and activities.

February 8, 2018Free Speech on Campus from a Human Rights Perspective

During this webinar, we will discuss the current controversies and debates about “free speech” on college campuses from a human rights perspective. Glenn Mitoma will facilitate discussion of recent experiences at the University of Connecticut, and invite participants to share experiences, analysis, and questions for other universities and colleges.

January 11, 2018  – Prioritizing Human Rights Learning Outcomes facilitated by Sandra Sirota, University of Connecticut

November 13, 2017Education for Human Rights: Attitudes, Values, and Activism facilitated by Sarita Cargas, University of New Mexico

May 2017 – Effective Practices in Professional Development linked with Human Rights facilitated by Dr. Barbara Thornton

April 2017 – Human Rights Education Post Election Dialogue, UCCHRE Online Discussion Forum, Llewellyn (Lee) Cornelius, University of Georgia.

February 2017 Human Rights Education Research – UCCHRE Online Discussion Forum, Glenn Mitoma, University of Connecticut.

  • What are the research projects you have been/are engaged in?
  • What kinds of institutional-level supports have you utilized?  What are/were some of the barriers/opportunities?
  • What kinds of grants/funding opportunities have you sought?
  • What kinds of collaboration (with other academics or with State Agencies/NGOs/INGOs) have you sought or are interested in?
  • What are the important venues (journals, conferences, etc.) that you are aware of?