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Romero Human Rights Award

In 2000, the University of Dayton established the Romero Human Rights Award. The award commemorates the ministry and martyrdom of the slain Salvadoran Archbishop and honors an individual or organization whose work has contributed significantly to the alleviation of human suffering and injustice. The award itself, a bronze statue of Saint Romero, is an original piece sculpted by Emily Trick '00 and Brother Gary Marcinowski, S.M., of the University of Dayton's Department of Visual Arts.
2021 Romero Award Series

Living Oscar Romero's Spirit in Today's Climate

The 2021 Romero Human Rights Award was awarded at a virtual ceremony on Tuesday, April 20, after a series of events beginning March 24th - the anniversary of the Archbishop's assassination. This series sought to bring awareness to the efforts of environmental justice defenders, the challenges and opportunities they face, the decreasing space for advocacy and participation in environmental governance and the increasing attacks on environmental and water justice defenders, and the impact of environmental racism and discrimination on a global, national, and local scale.

2021 Ceremony and Symposium Recap
Human Rights 04.19.21
Environmental justice award winner: 'We have the right to live in a territory that for us is sacred'

On April 20, Aura Lolita Chávez Ixcaquic, leader of the Council of Ki'che' Peoples, which helps preserve indigenous lands against corporate exploitation in Guatemala, will receive the University of Dayton Romero Human Rights Award. Learn more about Lolita and her work in this interview with the National Catholic Reporter, Earth Beat. 

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Human Rights 01.27.21
Honoring Romero Award Winner Juan Guzmán Tapia, 1939-2021

We honor the life of Juan Guzmán Tapia, a fearless human rights advocate for justice in Chile, who was awarded the Romero Human Rights Award from the University of Dayton in 2005.

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Sustainability 10.29.20
Environmental and climate justice the theme for 2021 Romero Human Rights Center Award; nominations sought

The University of Dayton Human Rights Center is inviting nominations until Nov. 27 for the 2021 recipient of the Romero Human Rights Award. A release from the center said the award, which was established in 2000, commemorates the ministry and martyrdom of the slain Salvadoran Archbishop Saint Oscar Romero. The award honors an individual or organization whose work has contributed significantly to the alleviation of human suffering and injustice. This year’s theme is environmental justice.

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Human Rights 09.28.20
El Mozote: "Peace is the Product of Justice and Love"

The Human Rights Center highlights the importance of the work of its 2019 Romero Award winners and calls for accountability in the ground-breaking human rights case, El Mozote in El Salvador.

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President 04.17.19
The Power of Sharing Our Stories

There is nothing more transformative than hearing people tell their stories in their own words. Listening, we realize our shared humanity.

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