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.

Eligibility

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

Out now in the May 2022 issue of Futurum Careers- read how Dr. Davis Chacon-Hurtado (UConn Human Rights Institute & UConn School of Engineering) is addressing human rights issues with #engineering

Link in our bio!
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Why do those that incite political violence often elude prosecution?

For our HRI Faculty Spotlight, Richard Wilson, Gladstein Distinguished Chair of Human Rights and Professor of Law and Anthropology, explains his research on incitement and hate speech, social media, and legal recourse.

Read more about Richard's work and watch his interview at the link in our bio.
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Join us for the third online dialogue in our collaborative series examining critical documents in American history & identity. On Tuesday, May 3, we focus on The Bill of Rights. More info & registration at s.uconn.edu/dialogues-for-common-ground

@hplct @ctoldstatehouse @cthumanities @uconn.global @uconnextension
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How can the IOC & IPC account for human rights concerns post-Beijing 2022?

Join our roundtable Tuesday, April 26 as experts across industry, academia, and advocacy talk IOC & IPC strategies and discuss collaboration and coalition-building.

More info: s.uconn.edu/2022-post-beijing-roundtable
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We're proud to have students serving in internships across Connecticut. To hear from them directly, we publish their experiences here. Today's post comes from Rebekah Wesler!

As an intern for the Sustainable Skies Campaign under UConn Praxis, my main assignment this semester has been as a co-director for the UConn clothing reuse initiative: The SWAP. The mission of Praxis, as stated in their website is "to empower, activate, inspire, and serve the interests of all UConn students." The SWAP helps carry out this mission by inspiring students to consider the implications of consumer fashion choices all while empowering them to adopt more sustainable fashion practices in an engaging, community-building manner. #HRTS4291 #ServiceLearning #HRTSinAction

@theswap.ct @uconnpraxis @snappedbysydneyh
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How do immigrant entrepreneurs overcome social barriers?
Join us Monday, April 25 2:00-3:15 pm EDT for a presentation and discussion on research by Ryan Coles (@uconnbusiness) in Jordan, also featuring Michael Rubin (@uconnhri & @uconnengineer).

To register for the hybrid event (in person or virtual) and read the paper: s.uconn.edu/stigma-and-immigrant-entrepreneurship
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How can #theatre interrogate human rights questions? Join us April 21 for the first event from our newly-formed Research Program on Arts & Human Rights featuring research from Prof. Gary English.

More info at s.uconn.edu/the-politics-of-dramatic-form
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We're proud to have students serving in internships across Connecticut. To hear from them directly, we publish their experiences here. Today's post comes from Lauren McCard!

Hello, this is Lauren McCard and I’m interning at CLiCK Willimantic (@clickwilli). This organization works to address UDHR Article 25, an adequate standard of living, including food. CLiCK takes leftover healthy, fresh food that would end up in landfills and processes it so it can be distributed to the community in need year round. One of my roles is assisting in processing food so this is helping further this mission hands-on. I'm seeing how much food would otherwise be wasted so it is very eye opening in this regard.

#HRTS4291 #ServiceLearning #HRTSinAction
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Coming up tomorrow! We hope you'll join us for this discussion on Rich Hiskes's book "Suffer the Children."

The book addresses the theoretical foundation for prioritizing social and economic rights in the name of children’s human rights.

More info: s.uconn.edu/suffer-the-children
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Are you a CT high school student or an educator interested in learning about & taking action for human rights? We’re hosting our first Youth Action Summit at Dodd Impact to bring you together with other young activists, allies, and practitioners. Help us spread the word and join us!

s.uconn.edu/hrch/youth-action-summit
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Join us on Monday, April 11 at 1pm for a panel discussion on youth at the U.S.-Mexico border and the debut of a new art exhibition called "Painting the Border: A Child's Voice."

For more on the panel or a preview of the exhibition go to s.uconn.edu/youth-seeking-refuge
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We're proud to have students serving in internships across Connecticut. To hear from them directly, we publish their experiences here. Today's post comes from Shelby Houghton!

Hey, it's Shelby with Rest is Revolution (@restisrevolution)! The rest movement was born out of human rights; respect for civil rights, workplace rights, time away from work, proper labor compensation, and recognizing sexism, racism, and targeted discrimination. Through advocacy, I've helped advance these human rights by teaching my community about the rest movement and creating experiences/resources that empower students and faculty to believe it. I've learned that although I can connect everything I do to human rights, I'll burn myself out if I treat everything that seriously. Life is meant to be enjoyed and savored, which the rest movement would remind me to do anyways. 🙂

#HRTS4291 #ServiceLearning #HRTSinAction
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We're proud to have students serving in internships across Connecticut. To hear from them directly, we publish their experiences here. Today's post comes from Anya Walikonis!

This is Anya with the Covenant Soup Kitchen in Willimantic! At my internship I’ve been coordinating and rescheduling the homebound delivery program for individuals who have transportation difficulties. I coordinate it all from a basement office with all kinds of documentation and contact information. I’m learning to communicate with community members over the phone to coordinate their needs and deliveries which is sometimes challenging due to language barriers. Each day brings new situations so it’s always interesting!
#HRTS4291 #ServiceLearning #HRTSinAction
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Today’s the day, #UConnNation! Join us in supporting educational programming focused on human rights and social justice issues and scholarships for students interested in human rights, social justice advocacy, or leadership through a gift to Harrison Fitch Leadership Fund! #UConnGives

Link: s.uconn.edu/hri/uconngives2022
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We're proud to have students serving in internships across Connecticut. To hear from them directly, we publish their experiences here. Today's post comes from Christine Jorquera!

Hey everyone, I'm Christine and I'm currently interning at LaFountain Immigration Law, LLC! I'm currently working remotely Mondays and Wednesdays so I've been spending more time than usual in my room throughout the school day. As a bilingual legal assist, I usually start my days with a virtual team meeting with coworkers. I usually have about 3-4 clients scheduled throughout the day where I help translate for Spanish clients. To me, I love being able to learn about the legal process; something that seemed so complex and foreign to me is slowly becoming more and more accessible!
#HRTS4291 #ServiceLearning #HRTSinAction
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One week away! Don't miss the next event in our Encounters series- Dialogues for Common Ground: The Constitution on April 5 at 6pm.

For more info and to register:
s.uconn.edu/dialogues-for-common-ground
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Why do gaps between #CSR policies and company practices persist amidst worker activism? Join us Thursday, March 31 for a #BizHumanRights paper presentation & discussion featuring Jodi Short & Vivek Soundarajan.

Register at s.uconn.edu/bhri/coupling-compromises
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We're proud to have students serving in internships across Connecticut. To hear from them directly, we publish their experiences here. Today's post comes from Peyton Marie De Lorenzo Pease!

Hello! It's Peyton Marie, an events/service intern on the Public Health Campaign with @uconnpraxis here on campus! While working with PRAXIS, I have taken on the responsibility of leading on many sexual assault awareness projects, such as creating an anonymous testimony forum for survivors, chalking of supportive messages, and planning a Sexual Assault Awareness Week in April. While working on these projects, I have used both my communication and project management skills. I was also able to strengthen my campus relations skills by working with organizations like RAR in order to advocate for change relating to how sexual assault is dealt with on campus!

#HRTS4291 #ServiceLearning #HRTSinAction
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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

Our Partners

Our Staff

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Rachel Jackson

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Brendan Kane

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