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Join #StandUp4HumanRights

The year 2018 marks 70 years since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was adopted by the United Nations. The declaration’s 70th anniversary is an opportunity for us to celebrate the impact of the document and help reaffirm the principles and standards that it set forth. 

This year, HRE USA reaffirms our commitment to upholding human rights by taking the pledge:

  • HRE USA will respect your rights regardless of who you are. HRE USA will uphold your rights even when we disagree with you.
  • When anyone’s human rights are denied, everyone’s rights are undermined, so HRE USA will STAND UP.
  • HRE USA will raise our voice. HRE USA will take action. HRE USA will use our rights to stand up for your rights.

Pledge your commitment to the declaration today, and share it with @HumanRightsEdUS using #StandUp4HumanRights.

>> Learn more about and join the campaign



  Poster Contest
  Partner Highlight: HEC


  Join the ED Justice League


  Youth Act 4 SDGs
  Human Rights Essay Contest
  Film Awards - Call for Entries


  Voting/Election Teaching Tools
  Inclusive Classroom Tips
  Webinar: After Charlottesville
  Teach Human Rights Workshop
  Amnesty Regional Conferences
  NCSS Conference
  CTAUN Conference 

Calling All Artists! Poster Contest!

HRE USA is pleased to announce the official launch of the “Picture Human Rights” Poster Contest to celebrate the upcoming 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). Artists from ages 5 to 21 are invited to participate by creating a poster based on the UDHR. We hope teachers and youth leaders can use the contest to: 

  • stimulate young people to learn about, reflect on, and express what human rights and the UDHR mean to them.
  • encourage young people to educate their communities about human rights.
  • heighten awareness about the UDHR during its 70th anniversary year

ENTRY DEADLINE: October 24, 2018 (United Nations Day).

First Place winners will receive a $300 cash prize. 

>> Learn more and enter

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Partner Highlight: Humane Education Coalition

HRE USA Partner since July 2017

By Lucy Knox, Intern, HRE USA

The Humane Education Coalition is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting collaboration and creative problem solving within the field of Humane Education. The Coalition takes a values-based, solutions-oriented, and passion-driven approach to providing services and resources to its 82 member organizations who represent a diverse field of nonprofits in 22 countries. The field of Humane Education is grounded in a belief in cultivating compassion, empathy, and respect toward all living things. In working with their many partner organizations, the Coalition ultimately seeks “an opportunity to infuse humane education into schooling.” With this goal in mind, their work takes many forms from producing a podcast to conducting policy research to supporting fledgling organizations in the field.

>> Read full partner highlight

Join the ED Justice League

National Education Association (NEA)

Ready to take action to address and fix the policies in our schools and communities that feed the school to prison pipeline?

Ready to help put a stop to ICE raids and the family separations that are traumatizing our students and communities?

Ready to create positive, safe and affirming school environments so that kids don’t have to face hate, bias, and harassment at school?

Then you are ready to get active in the fight for racial, social and economic justice in public education!

The current mission of the Ed Justice League is registering voters to build power in our communities. 

Be the superhero our students deserve by joining the NEA EdJustice League!

>> Learn more

Youth Act 4 SDGs - Leaders Needed!

EOTO World and Earth Charter International are hosting training sessions for young adults between the ages of 18-35 interested in leading actions for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Applications for a position on the campaign team are open and evaluated on a rolling basis. If you or someone you know is passionate about the SDGs and is looking to expand personal impact, sign up here.

Not interested in volunteering or are over/under the age range we are looking for? You can still make your voice count in this international endeavor, even if you are not sure what the SDGs are.  

Take the 5-minute survey, available in Multiple Languages here:  

Follow along with the campaign using the hashtags #EOTOWorld4SDGs and #YouthActs4SDGs to learn more about the SDGs, what youth are doing to add to the completion of the global goals and things you can do too. 

>> Learn more

Human Rights Essay Contest

This year the Kemper Human Rights Education Foundation ( is offering a $1000 first prize and a $500 second prize to high school students in the United States judged to have written the best answers to the following question:
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) claims: “U.S. government policies continue to sanction [i.e. condone or permit] human rights violations against im­migrants” (source)

Do you think the ACLU is right? If so what policies, laws or other factors (political, economic, cultural, etc.) are responsible for the violations and what actions should be employed to end them? If you think the ACLU is wrong, explain why it is wrong.

Submission Deadline:  December 10, 2018 (Human Rights Day)

Submissions should be between 1000 and 2500 words. Essays will be judged according to how clearly and well they answer the question posed and the extent to which they are supported by research.

>> Entry Information and contest rules

SIMA Film Awards 2019 - Call for Entries

The 7th Social Impact Media Awards is now open for film submissions. SIMA is looking for original, brave, eye-opening and creative productions that increase the awareness of viewers to local and global issues;  to the resilience of humans facing deprivation; to the politics and movements of human rights environmental and social justice; and to agents of change worldwide.

Early Bird Deadline:  September 26th

>> Entry and Award Information

UNICEF Launches Free Online Course

The University of Pennsylvania and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) are jointly launching a free massive open online course on social norms and social change. The complete course, which consists of one theoretical and one practical part with 4 weeks coursework, is taught entirely in English.

>> Learn more
>> Register

Voting and Voices Classroom Resources

Teaching Tolerance has put together a collection of resources for teaching about the history and process of voting in the United States—and they’ve partnered with Rock the Vote to create new lessons and professional development for civics education!

This curated collection features resources for civics education with a focus on elections and voting. The collection also includes posters for students of all ages, along with videos, lessons, texts and student tasks for K–5, 6–8 and 9–12 classrooms. Definitely check out this voting myths poster!  You can also get interactive and take a quiz to see how much you really know about voting in America. Or you can sign the pledge and promise to use your vote—or your voice—in this election. 

>> Learn more

Tips for Making Classrooms More Inclusive

Human Rights Campaign

Back to School is a busy time for educators as they set up their students for success -- laminating name tags, creating bulletin boards and writing lesson plans. They know that for many children, the first few days back to school can make or break their year.

As educators sharpen their pencils, the HRC Foundation’s Welcoming Schools program is working to ensure that schools also take the time to make classrooms a welcoming place for all by cultivating an LGBTQ and gender-inclusive learning environment. Don’t know where to start? HRC is here to help with these tips for developing LGBTQ and gender-inclusive classrooms and schools.  

>> See tips for making inclusive classrooms
>> Learn more about Welcoming Schools Program

Webinar: After Charlottesville: How Uncomfortable Conversations Can Overcome Hate


When: Monday, September 24
Time: 6:30-8:00 pm EST
Where: Online Webinar
Cost: FREE

Join Facing History and Ourselves and the American Federation of Teachers in a conversation with Eli Saslow, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Rising Out of Hatred: The Awakening of a Former White Nationalist, just released this September. Saslow's book details how a small community of college students helped change the heart and mind of the heir apparent to America's white nationalist movement. Saslow will share his insights about how white-supremacist ideas migrated from the far-right fringe to the streets of Charlottesville and beyond, in order to help us understand this polarized American moment and to better understand one another. Participants will receive a free excerpt of Saslow's book.

Available for one-hour of PD credit. A certificate of completion will be available for download at the end of the session. 

>> Learn more and register

Teaching Human Rights Workshop


When: Saturday, September 29, 2018, 9:30 AM  – Sunday, September 30, 2018, 1:30
Where: Columbia University, Int’l Affairs Bldg, 420 W. 118 St., NY, NY 10027, Room 802
Cost: $400 (Early bird discount of $50 for those who register by September 10th

A two-day interactive workshop to build your knowledge of human rights, develop skills to teach human rights to your students, and build/strengthen your capacity to promote respect and empathy within your school or community.

This workshop will develop the capacity of participants to engage in human rights education – to foster knowledge, skills, attitudes, and action for the protection and promotion of human rights among students using rights-based teaching methods. This workshop will include participatory learning activities and active discussion that draws on participants’ own knowledge and perspectives.

Limited fellowships available on a rolling basis. Apply here.

>> Learn more and register

Amnesty International USA Regional Conferences


When: October - November
Where: Various Locations throughout the US 
Cost: $15-35 

 Amnesty International USA is excited to announce the 2018 Regional Conferences throughout the months of October through November in locations across the United States. Regional conferences bring together Amnesty members and other human rights activists to continue the tradition of engaging in networking opportunities, inspiring plenaries, and hands-on skill-building workshops, as well as shaping the policies of the organization.  As activists, you will be challenged to initiate change within your own communities. This will only happen
with you – we need you there!

>> Learn more and register

98th Annual National Council for Social Studies Conference


When: November 30th - December 2nd
Where: Hyatt Regency Chicago, Chicago, IL
Cost: $160-500 

 All of Chicago's history, culture, and traditions will be on display at the 98th NCSS Annual Conference. NCSS returns to the city for the first time in 15 years for the world's largest and most comprehensive social studies professional development conference. Join more than 3,000 of your social studies colleagues to share the most current knowledge, ideas, research, and expertise in social studies education, and experience all that Chicago has to offer,

>> Learn more and register

20th CTAUN Conference at the United Nations

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When: Friday, April 5, 2019
Where: United Nations, New York, NY
Cost: $15-35 

The 20th Annual Committee on Teaching about the United Nations (CTAUN) Conference will be held on April 5, 2019, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. 

The theme for this year's conference is:
"Our Planet, Our Crisis - What Now?"

Climate change is the defining issue of our time – and we are at a defining moment. If we do not change course by 2020, we could miss our chance to avoid the disastrous consequences of runaway climate change. The time for ambitious #ClimateAction is now.

~ UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres

Conference Registration opens October 1, 2018. This conference will highlight major issues affecting our environment, and showcase efforts underway by UN agencies, governments, NGOs and individuals in finding solutions.  Special emphasis will be on the role of educators in raising awareness and as always we will provide resources for use in the classroom.  

>> Learn more and register

Human Rights Educators USA is a national network that strives to promote human dignity, justice, and peace by cultivating an expansive, vibrant base of support for Human Rights Education in the United States.   >> Learn more 
HRE USA is a project of the Center for Transformative Action
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