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Celebrate 70 Years of the UDHR

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is turning 70 on December 10, 2018! In honor of the 70th Anniversary, HRE USA has created an online resource kit to help everyone celebrate the gift of the UDHR and re-affirm the enduring human rights principles and standards that it helped establish. The kit includes activities, videos, posters, lessons, book, and more.  

>> Join #StandUp4HumanRights campaign


UDHR Poster Contest Deadline Extended

The deadline for the “Picture Human Rights” Poster Contest” has been extended to November 11, 2018.  The post contest is a great way to take part in celebrating the upcoming 70th Anniversary of the UDHR. Artists from ages 5 to 21 are invited to participate.

NEW ENTRY DEADLINE: November 11, 2018

First Place winners will receive a $300 cash prize. 

>> Learn more and enter!



  70 Yrs UDHR Resource Kit
  UDHR Poster Contest
  Meet Lina Lenberg


  Register to Vote


  Vote for Human Rights
  LGBTQ History Month 2018
  NCSS Resolution on UDHR
  Human Rights Essay Contest


 Tactical Mapping Tool
  Free Online UN Courses
  Teaching About Consent
  Social Justice Books
  Teaching Current Events
  Amnesty Regional Conferences
  HRE International Conference
  NCSS Conference
  CTAUN Conference 

Meet Steering Committee Member Lina Lenberg

By Nancy Flowers

Lina Lenberg learned early about discrimination. As a child of Russian Jews who immigrated with her parents to the USA in the 1970s, she grew up both idealistic about her new country, but also sensitive to differences among people. Her college major in zoology led her into environmental activism, and during an internship at the Grand Canyon, she recalls, “I first recognized education as a powerful force for change.” Thus began Lina’s twenty-year career as a teacher and school administrator, which included introducing social justice activism and a community service requirement into her school.

>> Read the full interview 

Register to Vote

National Education Association (NEA)

Few public school students are able to vote. Yet, this election—which is right around the corner—will directly affect them. It will determine how large their classes are, how we evaluate them, and whether their school district is able to attract and retain the best educators. 

Don't miss your chance to support pro-public education candidates at the polls.

NEA has made it easy for you to register to vote or check your registration status online. Just enter your information and the system will walk you through the rest.

>> Register to Vote Now


Human Rights Watch Student Task Force

Inspired by the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the HRW Student Task Force members are calling on their friends, families, classmates, teachers, and communities to vote for human rights in the November 6 midterm election in our Vote for Human Rights Campaign.

STF officially launched its fall campaign at the 2018 STF Fall Leadership Workshop on September 18, 2018, where students and teachers were joined by representatives from the Los Angeles City Clerk’s office. Participants experienced how to register and preregister California voters and brainstormed ways to educate their communities about how to vote for candidates and policies that protect human rights, specifically the human rights of DACA recipients and students’ rights to a safe school. Students who are too young to vote in this election pledged to find eligible voters who need to register and encourage them to make their voices heard for human rights.

The more than 80 attendees also took part in a mock election, which many will repeat at their own schools. They also shared activities to promote the campaign from tents to t-shirts, to posters and pledge forms.
See more photos in the event slideshow!

>> Learn more
>> See Vote for Human Rights Toolkit

Students participate in a mock election to practice voting for human rights at the 2018 STF Fall Leadership Workshop. Photo by Patricia Williams

LGBTQ History Month 2018

October is LGBTQ History Month. Check out this brand-new guide to serving LGBTQ students by Teaching Tolerance (TT). The guide comes complete with tips for bringing LGBTQ history into your curriculum. Also, check out TT's podcast Queer America (which features the stories of queer life we should have learned in school).

NCSS Passes Resolution Honoring the UDHR 70th Anniversary

On October  10, 2018, the NCSS Executive Committee met and approved a resolution proposed by the NCSS Human Rights Education Community recognizing the UDHR as “a significant historical milestone in the development of a global civic culture based on respect, fairness and dignity for all... [and] memorializing December 10, 2018 as the 70th Anniversary of the UDHR. [NCSS] encourages its member[s] to express their commitment to universal human rights through appropriate projects and activities. The resolution honoring the UDHR 70th Anniversary will be featured in the late November issue of The Social Studies Professional (TSSP), with resource links featuring HRE USA's 70 Years - UDHR Resource Kit. 

NCSS urges all participants in the upcoming NCSS Annual Conference “to reflect the principles of the UDHR throughout our time together in Chicago and upon our return to our respective states and educational setting” and asks  NCSS members and all social studies educators “to continue to promote the principles and practices embodied in the UDHR in all our operations and activities.

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

New Online Tactical Mapping Tool Equips Human Rights Activists to Take Strategic Action

Refugee bans. Discrimination. Deterioration of Rights. News of the day can inspire calls to action—but knowing where to begin can be daunting. How can activists start making real change? A new, free online mapping tool makes it clearer. Launched by New Tactics in Human Rights, a program of the Center for Victims of Torture, the Tactical Mapping Tool makes it possible for individuals, groups or entire organizations to work collaboratively to develop strategic, targeted and effective action, streamlining the path to change.

The Tactical Mapping Tool was developed as part of the Rawabet Initiative, a three-year regional Initiative that aims to empower youth, women and people living with disabilities in Tunisia, Jordan, Morocco and Egypt to promote social and economic rights using new technologies. The Initiative is led by Equitas—International Centre for Human Rights Education and funded by Global Affairs Canada.

>> Learn more

Free UN online courses

Learn how the United Nations tackles some of the most pressing human rights issues of our time with these five online courses from the United Nations that are accessible for everyone, everywhere. Offered by United Nations institutions and renowned universities around the globe, the course contents are available for free. If you would like to obtain a course credential by UNICEF or one of the universities below you may opt-in for a paid verified certificate.

>> Learn more

Teaching About Consent

Educators should teach consent in their classrooms as early as elementary school. As an educator, you have the ability to empower young people by teaching them that they have control over their own body. Many children are raised without ever being taught the concept of bodily autonomy, or the right that everyone has to single-handedly decide what happens with their body. Teaching Tolerance offers resources that can guide you through tough but necessary classroom conversations about consent and responsibility. For a great video and discussion guide for teens check out Teach Consent by the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Assault Action Alliance. Power Up, Speak Out! is another great toolkit for educators that encourages middle school students to think critically about healthy relationships, power dynamics, boundaries, and consent. Our lessons teach students what TO DO, instead of what NOT to do. Another great resource is the Consensual Project that partners with schools and universities to bring students a fresh understanding of consent through an innovative curriculum and workshops.

>> Teaching Tolerance Resources on Consent
>> Teach Consent Video and Discussion Guide
>> Power Up, Speak Out 5-lesson Toolkit
>> The Consensual Project

Social Justice Books by Teaching For Change

Last year, Teaching for Change launched to identify and promote the best multicultural and social justice children’s books. They have books for all ages that cover a myriad of human rights issues. They partnered with the See What We See (SWWS) coalition to create a database of critical children's book reviews. The site is now home to more than 50 recommended booklists on a variety of topics and 250+ reviews of children's books using a multicultural and social justice lens. 

>> Learn more

Teaching Current Events in Your Classroom

Facing History is excited to offer this new resource that helps teachers incorporate conversations about current events into their classroom. Throughout the year, we’ll be updating the page with tips, strategies and flexible teaching ideas to help you address specific breaking news topics. Be sure to sign up for updates to be delivered to your inbox as we add new lessons.

>> View Toolkit

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

9th International Conference on Human Rights Education


When: November 26-29
Where: Western Sydney University, Sydney, Australia
Cost: $100-$650

This conference leads an annual international dialogue on human rights education (HRE) as a means of promoting democracy, the rule of law, justice, and intercultural and social harmony. Entitled Unleashing the Full Potential of Civil Society, the conference will coincide with the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the 25th anniversary of the education-oriented Vienna Declaration and Program of Action. It is Australia’s largest celebration of these two landmark declarations.

The conference program features an exciting range of papers and includes workshops focused on the practical learning of HRE. Some of our keynote speakers include:

  • Rosalind Croucher, President, Australian Human Rights Commission
  • Mark Dreyfus, QC MP, Shadow Attorney General, representing the Leader of the Opposition
  • Paula Gaviria, former Presidential Advisor on Human Rights, Colombia
  • Xanana Gusmão, GCL GCMG, the First President of  Timor Leste
  • Steve Killelea, Founder of the Institute for Economics and Peace and of Global Peace Index 
  • Michael Kirby, AC CMG, former Judge of the High Court of Australia,
  • Mmantsetsa Marope, Director of UNESCO International Bureau of Education
  • Peter Shergold, AC, Chancellor, Western Sydney University
  • Cynthia Veliko, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Representative for South-East Asia
  • John Mubangizi, Dean, Faculty of Law, University of the Free State, South Africa John Mubangizi

>> 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. 

For HRE supporters heading to the NCSS Annual Conference in Chicago, please check out the HRE Community’s schedule in the program, stop by the HRE Community Showcase and join in the various spontaneous activities at the conference building on the UDHR 70th Anniversary Theme. Contact Rosemary Blanchard for updates. 

>> 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 21, 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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