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Human rights education lies at the heart of the Center’s and the University of Dayton’s mission. The Center supports human rights academic programs through the nation’s first undergraduate human rights minor and major in the College of Arts and Sciences as well as academic collaborations throughout the professional schools of the University.

Promoting Respect and Dignity

Human Rights Studies

The HRS Program offers a B.A. and a minor in Human Rights Studies, an interdisciplinary pre-professional degree firmly grounded in traditional liberal arts. Excellence in the classroom and robust experiential learning opportunities allow our students to explore and advocate for the human experience in today's world.

Human Rights Collaboration

International Studies

International Studies is a multidisciplinary major designed to provide you with the international perspective and skills you will need to solve these problems throughout a successful career in education, government, international business, law, national and homeland security, humanitarian relief, or social entrepreneurship.

Human & Civil Rights Law Concentration

School of Law Collaborative

This concentration prepares students for a wide range of roles as human rights and civil liberties advocates, including as a civil rights litigator, immigration law attorney, international human rights monitor, or prosecutor in an international criminal tribunal.

Explore the School of Law Collaborative

Human Rights at Stander

The Stander Symposium is an annual campus-wide forum to showcase academic excellence at the University of Dayton. Highlighting live sessions, recorded presentations, and presentation materials linked to the work of the Center.

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20 years of Human Rights Education
The University of Dayton celebrated the twentieth anniversary of the creation of the Human Rights program on campus and the seventieth anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and provided an opportunity to look forward towards a new era of human rights at UD. The program included two panels featuring alumni, distinguished speakers, and a reception.
Celebration Recap

Human Rights Center

Keller Hall, Room 455
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2790
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The driving force behind the Center is a diverse group of dedicated faculty, staff, and students each bringing their own expertise and knowledge to our work in the human rights arena.

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