Resources from the day:

  • Event Slideshow

  • HRE Gathering Agenda
    and Minutes

  • "Finding Our Place and Purposes in Human Rights"

  • HRE USA Mission and
    HRE Definition

  • "Justification for HRE" by
    A. Stone and R. Blanchard

  • "Planning Strategies" by
    Todd Jennings

  • UN Declaration for HRE and Training
  • HRE USA Regional HRE Gathering: May 11, 2013

    Todd Jennings giving the keynote address at the Regional HRE Gathering.
    Photo by Patricia Williams

    May 11, 2013: Human rights educators and students gathered at the Los Angeles offices of Human Rights Watch to learn more about the HRE USA National Network, get to know fellow educators, and determine the priorities for human rights education in the Southern California Region.

    Felisa Tibbitts, one of the Network's founders, joined the gathering via Skype from Boston to share the history and mission of the Network.  Todd Jennings, a veteran human rights educator based at California State University, San Bernardino, gave the keynote address entitled "Finding Our Place and Purposes in Human Rights Education."

    • "HRE can be a key tool in helping students connect what they are learning to their private and public lives."
    • "Any conversation about HRE will move people from a position of victim to a position of agent."
    • "Incorporating HRE into the classroom often starts with a student-led needs assessment of what is needed in the school and the greater community."
    • “The only way rights are sustained is through the process of education that expands across a single generation…"
    • "Teachers and educators are the only profession mentioned in the preamble to the UDHR... This underscores their importance in ensuring a rights-respecting society."

    Two student leaders from the Santa Monica High School Human Rights Watch Student Task Force chapter provided a student perspective on the need for human rights education and presented a PowerPoint incorporating human rights into the study of language.

    The gathering was an important first step in exploring the most critical areas for the network’s activity in Southern California.  If you would like more information about this gathering or would like to be involved with regional initiatives in the future, please contact Pam Bruns, HRE USA Regional Coordinator for Southern California, at, or Kristin Ghazarians, HRW STF Project Liaison, at

    Photo by Patricia Williams

    UDHR Fundamental Freedoms Teacher & Student Workshop: October 7, 2010

    A delegation of Student Task Force leaders presented to 20 educators and human rights activists at the Facing History & Ourselves Teachers Workshop on October 7. Students demonstrated how human rights education leads to action by highlighting their campaign work on the Fair Sentencing for Youth Act (SB 399) and Juvenile Justice reform in California.

    Event Slideshow 

    Facing History and Ourselves: UDHR Lesson Plans

    Photo by Patricia Williams

    Training HRE Trainers: August 6 and 7, 2009

    Workshop Agenda and Presenter Bios

    Workshop Resource Binder Readings

    Presesnter Powerpoints

    Event Slideshow & Video

    UDHR Symposium: October 4, 2008

    The Student Task Force invited LA-area educators to Wildwood School to discuss the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The symposium involved an interactive panel of experts as well as workshops on how to incorporate human rights education into any subject matter. Participants left the symposium with various materials and lesson plans on the UDHR.

    Download the PDF of the Symposium Agenda

    Ten UDHR Lesson Plans

    View a slideshow of the Symposium

    Photo by Maya Myers

    HRE Conference: May 3, 2008

    Felisa Tibbitts, founder and executive director of Human Rights Education Associates, addresses educators at HRW STF sponsored Human Rights Education Conference on May 3, 2008 at UCLA.

    Conference Agenda

    Video of Opening Sequence

    Video of Closing Remarks

    Conference Slideshow

    Property of the Human Rights Watch Student Task Force, 2011
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