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April 2018
A national network dedicated to building a culture of human rights.

Flowers Fund Grants

The Flowers Fund for human rights education is now accepting applications for their 2018 Grants.

Established in 2017 to honor HRE USA founding member Nancy Flowers, the Fund makes grants up to $1000 in support of innovation and mentorship in HRE. All applications should have direct relevance to human rights education in the United States.

Application Deadline: June 30

The Flowers Fund will consider applications in areas such as research in human rights education, travel to attend HRE conferences, encouragement of emerging leadership, and innovative projects that expand the scope and understanding of HRE and/or extend the audience for HRE. Grants will be made to individuals and organizations that are members of HRE USA and directly engaged in human rights education in the United States. 

>> Learn more and apply


  Flowers Fund Grants
  Meet Adrienne van der Valk


  Amnesty Campaign


  Millenium Villages Project
  National Human Rights Cities


  Mapping Poverty in the U.S.
  Education First SEL Grants
  Open Society Institute Grants


  HR Teaching Fellowships
  Carter Center Program Associate
  USHRN Research Intern


  Discover Human Rights Training
  Teaching the World Forum

Meet New Steering Committee Member - Adrienne van der Valk

Even as an undergraduate sociology major at Grinnell College, Adrienne van der Valk had a passionate interest in social justice, systems of power and oppression, and intersectionality, concerns that have continued to shaped her professional life.

After college Adrienne was attracted to the human services field, although she was still seeking to define just what that meant. She began in social work, advocating for homeless and runaway youth and survivors of sexual violence.

The roles she adopted early in her career –crisis responder, case manager, community outreach coordinator, adoption counselor, mediator – all required her to respond to community needs and helped her develop skills that have served her well throughout her subsequent career.

>> Read more

Muslim American Educators Driving Change in the Classroom

Image: Nagla Bedir, left, and Luma Hasan

Nagla Bedir and Luma Hasan, both social studies teachers in New Jersey, co-founded Teaching While Muslim to help address some of the challenges and frustrations they experienced as students growing up as Muslim Americans.

Trying to articulate a complex identity when faced with peers and educators who have a limited understanding of what it means to be Muslim often left Nagla and Luma on the defensive, responding to micro-aggressive questions and bigoted accusations that would not be necessary if school curricula were fully inclusive. Now as educators, they are driving the change to address this lack of inclusion. The Teaching While Muslim site is a space intended to deepen understanding of the complicated identities of Muslims in the United States, including the diverse experiences of Muslim educators. It is also a platform for resources and tools.

Bedir and Hasan took a few minutes to talk about their efforts and where they see their work headed.

>> Read More
>> Support the movement for racial justice in Education

Generation Human Rights, the VII Foundation, and United Photo Industries have come together to bring lesson plans and visual storyteller documentation of the Millennium ​Villages ​Project​ to youth in the US.

Get on the Bus! Millennium Villages Project Traveling Educational Exhibit is an opportunity to take students on a journey of exploration, education and inspiration – it’s a human rights learning experience. An interactive classroom curriculum​ that highlights the connections between global human rights issues and local community issues, through the lens of poverty.  The in-classroom program is enhanced by a traveling art exhibition in a converted bus that comes to your school.

This program rolls out across the US in September 2018! For more information and to sign up go to Get on the Bus!

>> Learn more

National Human Rights Cities Update

The National Human Rights Cities Alliance is working to build a movement to “bring human rights home” to our cities and communities. Working within the US Human Rights Network, they are developing a national conversation about the needs of local human rights defenders and identifying ideas, models and lessons from our movements that can help us build a world where everyone can enjoy dignity and justice. You can learn more about the alliance in their 2017 Report.
This summer, the Steering Committee is planning a gathering of human rights city leaders in Jackson, Mississippi from June 29-July 1. The meeting will focus on bringing more Southern human rights leaders into the national conversation, identifying key lessons from existing human rights cities, and discerning how the human rights city framework can contribute to ongoing struggles over water rights and health.

In addition, participants will explore the ways international law and monitoring mechanisms, such as those in the United Nations and treaty bodies can be a resource for local organizers. This conversation builds upon some of the lessons and resources the alliance has already begun to compile: See Strategies for Improving Local Implementation of Human Rights.

If you would like to attend or learn more, please email:

>> Learn more about the National Human Rights Cities Alliance

Mapping Poverty in the U.S.

In December 2017, UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty Philip Alston conducted an official visit to the United States, with stops in Washington, D.C., California, Georgia, Alabama, Georgia, West Virginia, and Puerto Rico.  At the end of his visit, he issued a powerful concluding statement, observing that "[t]he United States is one of the world’s richest, most powerful and technologically innovative countries; but neither its wealth nor its power nor its technology is being harnessed to address the situation in which 40 million people continue to live in poverty." This coming June, he will deliver a final report to the UN.

Using data from the visit, one LLM student at Northeastern Law School, Raphael Hirsch, found an innovative way to tell the story of extreme poverty in the U.S. using the 
NuLawLab mapping platform to create a visual, interactive map that adds a tangible geographical dimension to the accounts of the Special Rapporteur's visit. Raphael hopes that this interactive map can be used as a teaching tool as students study the Special Rapporteur's visit, examine extreme poverty in the US., or think about ways to use visual mapping tools to engage the public.  

>> View Map

Grant Opportunity: SEL Innovation Awards 2018!

Education First is now seeking applications for teacher-led projects that foster social and emotional learning (SEL) skills in students in grades PK-12 through the NoVo Foundation Social Emotional Learning Innovation Fund.

Deadline: April 20

They will award up to $5,000 to individual teachers or groups of teachers to implement an innovative project in their classrooms and schools in the 2018-2019 school year. They are also looking for applications from districts and charters to support innovative social and emotional learning in students grades PK-12. They will award up to $25,000 per year for applicants selected for district-level work.

Though all proposals are welcome, Education First is seeking proposals that specifically serve one of the following student populations:

  • Students from indigenous communities
  • New arrivals (such as refugees) or immigrants
  • English learners
  • LGBTQI students

>> Learn more and apply

Open Society Institute - Graduate Degree Funding

Open Society Foundations is currently inviting applications for its Civil Society Leadership Awards to provide fully-funded scholarships for master’s degree study to individuals who clearly demonstrate academic and professional excellence and a deep commitment to leading positive social change in their communities. 

Deadline: May 15

>> Learn more and apply

Human Rights Clinical Teaching Fellowship

Location:  Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute, New York, NY
Deadline: Open until filled

DescriptionThe two-year fellowship will begin in the summer of 2018. The Fellow will work in the Columbia Human Rights Clinic and in the Human Rights Institute, and with its directors and staff, on clinical projects, syllabus development, teaching, scholarly research and writing, and human rights programming. The Fellow will be an integral part of the Columbia human rights community, and over the two years, will undertake increasing responsibility for designing and teaching clinic seminars; building and leading clinic projects in partnership with civil society organizations and affected communities; providing close supervision, guidance, and feedback to teams of students working on those projects; and conducting scholarly research and writing. The Fellow will be provided extensive professional, teaching, practice, and scholarship mentoring.  

>> Learn more and apply

Human Rights Clinical Teaching Fellowship

Location:  Cardozo Law School, Yeshiva University, NY, NY
Deadline: Open until filled

DescriptionThe Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law is inviting applications for the Telford Taylor Human Rights Clinical Teaching Fellowship. The Fellowship is a one-year position with the possibility of a one-year renewal and will begin in the summer of 2018.

>> Learn more and apply

The Carter Center: Senior Program Associate-Human Rights Program

Location:  The Carter Center, Emory University, Atlanta, GA.
Deadline: Open until filled

DescriptionThe Senior Program Associate supports one or more major projects within the Human Rights Program, including strategic direction formation, design and implementation of multi-faceted, cross-programmatic initiatives, budgeting, fundraising, and public relations. Liaises with both Carter Center staff and external clients as required. May conduct applied research, support program publications and expert meetings, supervise interns, and other project(s) responsibilities as assigned This position is Atlanta-based and involves domestic and international travel.

>> Learn more and apply

US Human Rights Network - Research Intern

Location:  Atlanta, Georgia or can work remotely
Deadline: Open until filled - research begins in September

DescriptionThe US Human Rights Network - a national network of groups and individuals working to strengthen and grow a human rights movement in the United States  which is led by people most directly impacted - is looking for online researchers for its upcoming human rights report. This is an unpaid position, but many of the past researchers have found it to be a rewarding experience and have gone on to careers in human rights. In addition, researchers will be given credit in the published version of the report and we will waive the ​registration​ ​fee for ​USHRN national​ ​conference​ ​in​ ​December, should you decide to go. We are looking for researchers in the following issue areas: Reproductive Justice and Decent Work.  

>> Learn more and apply

Discover Human Rights Training


When: May 3-4
Time: Thursday, 19-4 pm and Friday, 9-4 pm
Where: Minneapolis, MN 
Cost: $75

 The Discover Human Rights training series by The Advocates for Human Rights provides concrete steps for how organizations and individuals can use the standards, principles, and methods of human rights to combat entrenched poverty, discrimination, and injustice in their community. Participants will analyze situations from their own experiences and evaluate how applying a human rights framework would change their approach to solving problems. Using tools such as organizational assessments, case studies, and implementation models, participants will create an action plan for incorporating human rights in their work.

>> Learn more and register

Teaching the World Forum and Urban Teaching Matters Conference

When: Saturday, April 21, 2018
Time: 9 am - 4 pm
Where: The Academic Building,15 Seminary Place, New Brunswick, NJ 
Cost: $25 

This ​year ​Teaching ​the ​World ​Forum ​is ​partnering ​with ​the ​GSE ​Urban ​Teaching ​Matters ​Conference ​and ​focusing ​on ​issues ​of ​education ​and ​equity ​in ​urban ​education ​and ​global ​education. ​ ​The ​2017-2018 ​academic ​year ​marks ​the ​inauguration ​of ​Rutgers ​GSE's ​Urban ​and ​Social ​Justice ​Education ​Program, ​designed ​to ​develop ​teachers ​to ​be ​engaged ​in ​and ​committed ​to ​excellence, ​equity ​and ​social ​justice ​in ​their ​teaching ​practice. ​ ​As ​such, ​we ​decided ​to ​link ​our ​two ​conferences ​to ​offer ​exciting ​professional ​development ​opportunities ​aimed ​at ​fostering ​global ​citizenship ​within ​a ​social ​justice ​framework. 
>> Learn more
>> Register for conference

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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