Main Content

For the past 20 years, UICHR has committed itself to serving locally and globally through collaborative, innovative programming designed to equip groups and individuals to take on the most pressing human rights challenges facing our world.

The Center excels in creating spaces in which surprising synergies form… Human rights scholarship and artistic production are dependent on what people say and do within the arenas of teaching, civic life, community service, and advocacy. UICHR is an institution that takes seriously the charge to integrate inquiry, creativity, and activism.
     -Diana Cates, University of Iowa Professor of Religious Studies

      UICHR Advisory Board Member


My volunteer work and internship with the University of Iowa Center for Human Rights were some of the most important experiences in my time in law school . . . I learned that sometimes, international human rights work is a very local endeavor. Because of programs available through UICHR, I engaged with advocates across our state in the legal, faith, and human rights communities who were working heroically to protect . . . rights. Because of the UICHR human rights internship funding, I was able to afford to travel to and live in New York City during my second summer in law school to work at the national ACLU, where I was exposed to the use of impact-litigation as a tool to protect and promote constitutionally protected human rights . . . UICHR provided a way for me to connect with other students and UICHR’s phenomenal staff ,who were actively engaged in scholarship and education related to human rights. That connection kept me in touch with the reasons I became interested in becoming a lawyer in the first place.
     -Rita Bettis Austen, Legal Director, ACLU of Iowa

      Former Kenneth J. Cmiel Intern
      Midwest Coalition for Human Rights Fellow with Justice For Our Neighbors