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Human Rights

A Vision for Change

Charting the Frontiers of Research and Advocacy

The University of Dayton Human Rights Center creates positive change through research, education and dialogue. At the heart of a global human rights community, we search for transformative solutions to patterns of injustice that will bring about real change in the lives of the poor. We are committed to bridging the gap between theory and practice, between scholars and practitioners.
Facts and Figures

1st in the nation

UD established the nation’s first undergraduate human rights studies program in 1998.

Est. 2000

Our Romero Human Rights Award honors those who work to significantly alleviate human suffering.

Human Rights Studies Program

Home to the nation's first undergraduate human rights studies program, UD has graduated more than 100 human rights advocates and academics or humanitarian professionals.

Explore Our Human Rights Studies Program

The Mass Appeal of Human Rights

In his new book, Joel R. Pruce, University of Dayton assistant professor of human rights, details the evolution of human rights into a mainstream moral cause.

Learn More About Mainstream Moral Causes
Our Work

The Moral Courage Project

Through human rights storytelling, students learn to identify and celebrate individuals who take risks to make important contributions in their communities during moments of crisis.

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Malawi Research Practicum

During this nine-week applied research experience in Malawi, undergrads design and conduct a research project on a community-identified human rights or development issue.

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Abolition Ohio

Partnering with individuals and organizations across the country, Abolition Ohio takes action against human trafficking through awareness-raising, advocacy, education and research.

About Abolition Ohio

Social Practice of Human Rights

This biannual conference provides a space for scholars, practitioners and advocates to engage in collaboration, dialogue and critical analysis of human rights advocacy.

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How Can We Stop Human Trafficking?

In this 90-Second Lecture, Anthony Talbott looks at how we can apply social scientific method to the study of human trafficking.

How Can We Stop Human Trafficking?

In this 90-Second Lecture, Anthony Talbott looks at how we can apply social scientific method to the study of human trafficking.