Human Rights

We believe that educating about human rights, in conjunction with environmental restoration and animal protection through intersectionality theory, is essential to building a world in which all can thrive.

While the establishment and upholding of essential human rights have been evolving toward greater equity and inclusion over time, abuses and injustices persist. Systemic racism and sexism; child abuse; human trafficking and enslavement; lack of access to nutritious food, clean water, sanitation, electricity, adequate education, and healthcare; ideological extremism and violent responses to conflicts continue to perpetuate injustice and suffering.

Is a Just World Possible?

Can poverty be eliminated and global poverty solutions be accomplished? Can racial justice and women’s and children’s rights be achieved? Can global peace prevail? Can we really create a world in which human rights truly extend to all people for all time? 

We believe the answer to these questions is yes, and that learning and teaching about social justice, coupled with animal rights and environmental protection through an intersectional approach, is the most strategic approach to creating global solutions that will enable humans and nonhumans to thrive. That’s what our humane education degree provides: a path to creating a just world through education.

Human Rights Graduate Program Institute for Humane Education

To Advance Human Rights, Humane Education Explores:

  • Positive changes that have occurred in societies to achieve greater social justice
  • Ways in which human rights have been codified and extended through history
  • Where and how structural injustices are occurring both regionally and globally
  • Methods for solving the problems of injustice, abuse, and inequity through solutionary thinking and action

Solutionaries Create Justice

One of the most powerful ways that you can create change is to become a solutionary who is able to identify unjust, inhumane, and unsustainable systems and then create solutions that do the most good and least harm for people, animals, and the environment. As we learn how to become solutionaries ourselves, and to bring a solutionary lens to social justice issues that concern us, we can then educate others to be solutionaries. This kind of learning is positive, energizing, and hopeful.

If you find yourself despairing about injustice, we invite you to learn more and develop the skills and ways of thinking to build an equitable future where all can thrive. Here’s a 90-second video to provide a taste of what solutionaries can and will achieve and why educating a solutionary generation is so important.