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Human Rights Institute

The Human Rights Institute advances human rights scholarship and learning across UConn programs and schools. Founded in 2003 on the principle of building interdisciplinary relationships while fostering scholarship through innovative research programs, the Human Rights Institute rapidly became one of the country’s premier programs for undergraduate education, with both a major and minor in human rights. By developing relationships with leading domestic and international human rights organizations, the Institute has implemented a robust undergraduate internship program that provides a practical basis for human rights work, and graduate students have pursued advanced study of human rights through certificate programs with the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and School of Law. The Institute’s support of faculty-led research programs on economic and social rights, health and human rights, and humanitarianism have generated conferences, workshops, and scholarly works that have helped establish the Human Rights Institute’s global reputation.