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Key Initiatives

Key initiatives of the Center aim to bridge the gap between theory and practice, between scholars and practitioners. By drawing scholars, practitioners, and top notch organizations to the University, the Center catalyzes critical reflection and innovation in the field of human rights, and celebrates institutions and individuals who have significantly contributed to combating injustice.


The Social Practice of Human Rights

Our biannual conference, SPHR, provides a unique space for scholars and practitioners to engage in collaboration, dialogue and critical analysis of advocacy, locally and globally. SPHR conversations forge alliances and help set agendas for research, advocacy and action.

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Romero Human Rights Award

In 2000, the University established the Romero Human Rights Award. It commemorates the ministry and martyrdom of Saint Romero and honors an individual or organization whose work has contributed significantly to the alleviation of the suffering of the human family.

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In Residence

Visiting Scholar-Practitioner

The Center hosts visiting human rights researchers and advocates from around the world. These visitors bring us new and challenging perspectives on human rights and advocacy. The program gives them the time and resources to reflect on their work, write, teach and speak.

Visiting Scholar-Practitioner

Human Rights Center

Keller Hall, Room 455
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2790
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Get Involved

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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