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The Center engages students and the community through a variety of programs on campus and throughout the state, regularly partnering with civic, educational, and faith organizations to extend our reach.

I was drawn to the center because of the amazing staff, outstanding scholarly research, and commitment to think globally, but act locally… The UICHR’s nurturing leaders and commitment to engaging all members of a community in discussions around human rights left a lasting impression on me.
     -Girija Mahajan, former UICHR Intern 

 Activities with local impact:

  • One Community, One Book—In collaboration with community organizations, UICHR selects a book that explores human rights challenges and possibilities for social change through the power of storytelling, brings the author to campus, and provides a variety of discussion forums, lectures, and films on the topics addressed in the book.
  • Public Lectures and Panel Discussions—free public forums featuring internationally renowned human rights authors, scholars, and activists.
  • Community Dialogues—Partnership with the Iowa City Human Rights Commission featuring area residents telling stories related to diversity and human rights.
  • Make it Better, Iowa—Conference, supported by a Catalyst Award, fostering community dialogue about the effects of bullying and discrimination, and promoting the rights of LGBTQ youth and young adults.
  • Protecting Rights of Detained Immigrants & Asylum Seekers—Educational program about detained immigrants in Iowa, detention standards and issues, and facilitation of and assistance for legal-service providers.
  • Celebrate Voting!—Collaboration with the League of Women Voters, The UI Iowa Women’s Archive, and the State of Iowa to educate about the history of voting in the U.S. and to recognize the legacy of voting rights activists in the state.
  • Ending Employment-Based Discrimination of Immigrants—Department of Justice partnership with UI Labor Center for statewide educational outreach to immigrant workers and employers on anti-discrimination provisions of immigration law.
  • Improving Mental Health Care for New Iowans—Conducting intervention-based studies to address health inequities in new immigrant communities.