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Friday, March 10, 2017

Opportunity for Students: 2017 Children of Incarcerated Caregivers Paid Internship


Children of Incarcerated Caregivers (CIC) is seeking a team of interdisciplinary students from the University of Minnesota and Macalester College for a paid, part-time, three-month summer internship, from May 30 to August 25, 2017. Founded in 2014, CIC is a Minneapolis-based non-profit dedicated to researching and advocating for policies and programs that improve the lives of children whose caregivers are affected by the criminal justice system in the United States and abroad. There are four positions available:

Call for Nominations: 2017 Human Rights Awards

Each, spring, the Human Rights Program and the Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies celebrates the tremendous work of University of Minnesota undergraduate students in human rights by presenting the Inna Meiman Human Rights Award and the Sullivan Ballou Award.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Program kicks off annual lecture series focusing on “Principled Voices”

A few weeks ago, the Program was pleased to welcome Armenian Parliamentarian, Edmon Marukyan, to the University to present the inaugural lecture, “Fighting corruption and advocating for human rights in Armenia,” of a new annual lecture series. The series “Principled Voices,” supported by the Stephen and Chacke Scallen Lecture in Human Rights Fund, is designed to highlight leaders and thinkers who distinguish themselves by carrying out their passion for human rights, cultural awareness, democratic principles, fairness, and dignity, often at great odds and great personal risk. 

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

America 2017: Photography by Trish Palermo

After interviewing members of the Minneapolis community, Trish Palermo, UMN Junior and Human Rights Program Assistant, created the following project to reflect the candid emotion response to life in America 2017.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Third International Conference: Local Action in Response to Migration



Current debates about migration throughout the Central American-Mexican-United States-Canada corridors require a reexamination of the topic from perspectives that include the effective protection of human, civil, labor, and political rights. We are compelled to take into account the voices that are counteracting violence against immigrants, promoting support programs, and generating better access to public services.


Friday, January 20, 2017

Student Opinion: We Knew


Thousands of people including leaders from all five campuses and 42 states urged the University of Minnesota to fire head football coach Tracy Claeys. 

Friday, January 13, 2017

Los Ofendidos: Shedding Light on Human Rights Injustices in El Salvador


This past fall, University of Minnesota Graduate student Paula Cuellar, presented a screening of “Los Ofendidos”, a film that covered topics of armed conflict and human rights abuses during the civil war in El Salvador from 1980 to 1992. The screening was followed by a Q&A session with torture survivor Neris Gonzalez, who provided her own personal testimonies and recollections of the war.

Student Opinion: Being Muslim At Minnesota


This historic election cycle has brought about tremendous changes in America’s social climate. For many, it has been easy to ignore the hate and fear that has developed out of the reactions to the presidential campaign, but for refugees, people of color, Muslims, and the LGBTQ community, ignoring the problem is not an option. Hateful messages from the president elect’s campaign and the subsequent responses of his followers has instilled fear into the hearts of many members of marginalized communities, not only throughout the country but also on campus at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Since the beginning of the presidential campaign, several events targeting Muslim students and students of color have occurred on campus. A few members of the Muslim community on campus shared their thoughts on current campus climate.