Teaching Human Rights Workshop

Saturday, September 29, 2018 9:30 AM - Sun , September 30, 2018 1:30 PM

Join us for a two-day interactive workshop to build your knowledge of human rights, develop skills to teach human rights to your students, and build/strengthen your capacity to promote respect and empathy within your school or community.

Saturday, September 29th - 9:30-4:30pm
Sunday, September 30th - 9:30am - 1:30pm

Certificate of completion from Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights will be awarded.

This workshop will develop the capacity of participants to engage in human rights education - to foster knowledge, skills, attitudes and action for the protection and promotion of human rights among students using rights-based teaching methods. This workshop will include participatory learning activities and active discussion that draws on participants’ own knowledge and perspectives.

Participants will:

-Learn key human rights concepts, international law and strategies for human rights advocacy

-Be introduced to and practice rights-based teaching approaches, which include participatory, interactive and experiential learning methods that respect human rights.

-Design and facilitate a human rights learning activity

-Learn how human rights education can meet state standard requirements

Workshop content will be tailored to meet the needs and interests of participants.

Prior knowledge of human rights is not required. Please feel free to email humanrightsed@columbia.edu with the subject “Teaching Human Rights Workshop” with any questions.


Sandra Sirota, EdD, is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Connecticut. Sandra co-founded the Advocacy Lab, a nonprofit organization providing human rights education to secondary school students in New York City and served on the founding steering committee of Human Rights Educators USA, from 2012 to 2014. She teaches courses and workshops on human rights, social justice, education, and social movements. She received her doctoral degree from Columbia University Teachers College in May 2017 through the Department of International and Transcultural Studies, with a concentration in peace and human rights education.

Kristina Eberbach is the Director of Education at the Institute for the Study of Human Rights. Kristina oversees the human rights degree programs, the Human Rights Trainings Series, and the University Human Rights Education in Myanmar project. She has also designed and facilitated human rights capacity-building trainings for members of civil society and government officials in Colombia and Iraq and has undertaken research, reporting, and advocacy work in Kenya, South Africa, and Northern Uganda. She is a member of the Steering Committee for Human Rights Educators USA and the University and College Consortium for Human Rights Education (UCCHRE).

Early bird discount of $50 for those who register by September 10th.

Limited fellowships available on a rolling basis. To apply go to: