The Human Rights Center—recipient of the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions—conducts world-class research and investigations into some of the most pressing human rights crises of our times. But here on the Berkeley campus, we’re also known for something else: empowering students. Through our Fellowship Program, Investigations Lab, classes, internships and GSR positions, we are enabling thousands of students to learn about and engage in hands-on work with human rights defenders globally. The next generation of human rights leaders is right here at Berkeley.
Our Fellowship Program has sent more than 300 students into the field to conduct research and hands-on work in some 75 countries, with more than 250 organizations. Students publish books, produce documentaries, and win prestigious awards for their projects.
Our Human Rights Investigations Lab—the first of its kind—trains more than 100 students each year in cutting-edge methods for finding and corroborating online photos, videos, and social media posts that expose human rights abuses and potential war crimes.
Our human rights courses teach hundreds of students each year how to design research questions, interview subjects, and record and analyze data.
Due to the popularity of our classes and programs, students are literally sitting on desks, wedged into corners, or spilling out into the hallways at our current location in Simon Hall. In order to house our growing staff and students, the University has given us a historic building — the campus’s first “Human Rights House.” Built in 1909 and located across from Memorial Stadium, the house is beautiful and spacious but needs work! It needs fresh paint, new floors, tech upgrades, and furniture. At a time when human rights are under siege worldwide, please help us make this house a home for human rights at Berkeley.
How You Can Help
With your support we hope to raise $30,000 to move in by April 2018. A gift of $32 will buy a bucket of paint; $55 will buy a square foot of new flooring; $105 will buy a chair for the lab; $250 will buy a bookshelf; and $1,200 will buy a computer! Please consider making a gift today and sharing our project with friends and family! Gifts of any size will make a tremendous impact.
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