University and College Consortium for Human Rights Education


The University and College Consortium for Human Rights Education was established in April 2016 out of a group of individuals who saw the need for and benefit of collaboration among those engaged in human rights education.

We are practitioners, researchers, instructors, advocates, professionals, students, administrators, alumni and other members of the university and college communities globally that are engaged in human rights education.

Consortium Members

Participating individuals from the following institutions:

Columbia University
Rutgers University
Southern Methodist University
SUNY Oneonta
Teachers College – Columbia University
University of Connecticut
University of Georgia
University of Hawaii
University of Iowa
University of Minnesota
University of New Mexico
University of Puerto Rico
University of San Francisco
University of Vermont
Utica College




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Steering Committee Members

Kristi Rudelius-Palmer (Co-Chair)
Senior Fellow, Institute on Community Integration & Ph.D. Student
University of Minnesota

Glenn Mitoma (Co-Chair)
Assistant Professor of Human Rights and Education
Director, Thomas J. Dodd Research Center
University of Connecticut

Monisha Bajaj
Associate Professor of International and Multicultural Education
Program Coordinator, MA in Human Rights Education
University of San Francisco

Dennis Banks
Professor of Secondary Education (emeritus)
SUNY Oneonta

Sarita Cargas
Assistant Professor, Honors College
University of New Mexico

Andrea Cohen
Executive Director
Iowa United Nations Association

Kristina Eberbach
Director of Education, Institute for the Study of Human Rights
Columbia University

Nela Navarro
Associate Director and Director of Education, Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights
Rutgers University

Barbara Thornton-Lewis
Humanistic Education Consultant, Soka (Value-Creating) Professional Development Associates
Washington, DC


The UCCHRE is a proud member of the HRE-USA Network.


To promote human dignity and justice by advancing human rights education across university and college communities.



To further human rights education, research and learning by promoting engagement, collaboration, innovation, and mentorship within higher education.


Principles and Values

We believe that:

  • Our understanding of human rights education aligns with the UN Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training and other international human rights norms and standards.
  • Our work complements the World Program for Human Rights Education (2005-ongoing) and the UN Sustainable Development Goals and their call to develop plans of action and goals to transform our communities.
  • Effective human rights education promotes the realization of human dignity and the advancement of the public good and social justice.
  • Global, local and multi-cultural perspectives are essential to human rights education.
  • Human rights education empowers and heals communities.
  • Universities and colleges provide a unique space to promote human rights education.
  • University and college communities include, but are not limited to, students, faculty, staff, alumni, partners, and other stakeholders.
  • Communication and collaboration can enhance both the individual and collective work of university and college communities and others engaged in the defense and promotion of human rights.
  • Interdisciplinary and multi-sectoral approaches enrich human rights education.