Human Rights & Action Learning Community

Join the HRLAC to learn more about human rights and engage in community service projects with your peers.

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Our Mission

The Human Rights & Action Learning Community engages students through academic, experiential, and residential activities designed to enhance their understanding of social justice, diversity, and civic responsibility. In partnership with the Human Rights Institute and Community Outreach, we offer service experiences and immersion programs to provide practical forums that foster a greater understanding of individual values, community issues, and the principles necessary for active citizenship.


First-year and sophomore undergraduate students interested in human rights.

Why do human rights abuses persist even after resistance campaigns? Join us on Tuesday, October 4 for this workshop by Chris Shay, a Postdoc at @uconnhri, to learn more.

For more information and to register for this hybrid event go to

On Wednesday, September 28, we welcome you to join us for a discussion with Dr. Tina Kempin Reuter of the UAB Institute for Human Rights (@uab_ihr) on 'Disability Rights & Urban Development.'

More info and registration available at the link in our bio!

All of us at the Human Rights Institute are so excited to welcome the new and returning Huskies back to campus. We can't wait to see you! ...

A new paper in the Journal of Policy Practice & Research from HRI Director Kathryn Libal, School of Social Work associate professor Scott Harding and doctoral candidate Madri Hall-Faul examines the transformative capacity of community sponsorship on the #refugeeresettlement process in the U.S.
Also instrumental in this innovative research are School of Social Work associate professor Megan Berthold and doctoral students Grace Felten and Lukas Champagne, who have been conducting interviews with resettlement advocates and volunteers since 2017!

Check out the link in our bio to read on.

Last week we were delighted to announce the creation of two new endowed chairs in human rights, inspired by the legacies of Senator Christopher J. Dodd and Professor Wiktor Osiatyński.

The establishment of the endowed chair positions in their names builds on the University’s dynamic interdisciplinary Human Rights Institute and its commitment to advancing the scholarship, teaching, and practice of human rights.

The Dodd Chair will head Dodd Human Rights Impact programs and be filled after an international search that starts in August. The first Osiatyński Chair will be a current UConn faculty member who will be selected over the coming academic year in time to start in fall 2023.

Read on at the link in our bio. @uconn

Recent grad Meg Sanders ('22 @uconncahnr) is an American Association for the Advancement of Science (@aaasorg) SciTech & Human Rights FutureGen Scholar helping shed light on the connection between racial injustice, health disparities, and the environment in her podcast “Recalling the Past to Shape the Future."

Check out this UConn Today article on how Meg got involved in this work and came to start the podcast. With a minor in human rights from @uconnhri, we're confident Meg can tackle anything she takes on!

@uconnalumni @ucahnra

Want to learn more about the #humanrights dimensions of @pandemicjournaling ? Read PJP postdoc Heather Wurtz's new piece in The Journal of Human Rights. Find it at, or DM @pandemicjournaling for a PDF.

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Reflections from Past Members

Rich Garcia

“The Human Rights and Action Learning Community is the place that I consider my home here at UConn. I think that being in the LC has really allowed me to expand my thought process and really think about the issues that are affecting not only myself, but everyone around me as well.”

- Richard Garcia

“HRALC has done so much for me. I found my best friends, my passions, and because of it I have gotten the most out of my first two years at UConn.”

- Kristen Belisario

Kristen Belasario
Olivia Stevens

“This LC helped me step into college feeling confident and sure of myself. This group of people have helped make this transition much easier and I love the values we believe in as a community.”

- Olivia Stevens

“I would absolutely encourage incoming freshmen to join the HRALC! Sure it may seem like a lot of work at first, but it’s worth it. Especially for those who like want to make friends, care about human rights and like volunteering.”

—Simran Thakur

Simran Thakur

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