About the Stanford Human Rights Education Initiative


The Stanford Human Rights Education Initiative (SHREI) brings together California community college faculty with international studies educators from Stanford's Global Studies Division (SGS); Program on Human Rights; and the Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE). Through this exchange of ideas, educators develop new curricula that advance the teaching of human rights across the international studies curricula. The goal is to promote human rights education in California and nationally and to serve as a model of how faculty from various disciplines and institutes can work together to create pedagogic resources for one another.

As part of this four-year, collaborative project, SHREI is working closely with community college instructors to develop, publish, catalog, and distribute curricular materials on human rights to be used in the community college setting. These materials will be designed to be integrated into a wide range of courses, thereby encouraging students to be more informed and engaged global citizens.

In June 2011, SHREI hosted an inaugural symposium for community college instructors to engage in dialogue and explore ways to incorporate human rights components into traditional courses spanning a wide range of world areas, academic disciplines, and classroom settings. During the second year, California community college instructors received Human Rights Educator Fellowships to further develop human rights education curricular materials, which were shared and discussed at a symposium in June 2012. Emphasis at the symposia is on methods, lesson plans, pedagogic resources and materials, strategies for reaching diverse student populations, and assessment in the community college classroom. During the project's third and fourth years, additional curricular units will be developed to be published and disseminated through the SHREI Web site and further thematic symposia.

In 2012, SHREI initiated the Student Project award in conjunction with the symposium to engage students and recognize outstanding student efforts on human rights concerns.

Growing out of a small seed research workshop sponsored by the Center for African Studies on "Legalizing Human Rights in Africa," this project is developing rich material about human rights issues covering four regions of the world (Africa, East Asia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America), reaching out to local community colleges, establishing valuable working relationships with educators in the Bay Area, and generating quality curricular material accessible across the United States.

This project is made possible through Title VI grants from the U.S. Department of Education.

Collaborating Institutes and Programs

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The Stanford Global Studies Division (SGS)  provides an arena for students and scholars to explore the increasingly complex world of the twenty-first century from multiple economic, political, social, technological and cultural perspectives. Our distinct programs and centers are essential to the vibrancy of international research and teaching at Stanford. Just as the euphemism of a "shrinking world" has given way to an understanding that the processes of "globalization" are complex and multi-dimensional, so too SGS reflects Stanford's commitment to innovation and excellence by creating opportunities for both traditional and unexpected connections between its academic programs and centers.



The Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE) serves as a bridge between Stanford University and K-14 schools by developing multidisciplinary curriculum materials on international themes. As a program of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, SPICE reflects the scholarship of Stanford University in its curricula and professional development seminars for teachers. The curricula and seminars focus on contemporary issues in the context of their cultural and historical underpinnings. 


The Program on Human Rights is a unique intersection of the social sciences and public-policy formation and implementation. It provides a forum for the dozens of Stanford faculty who work in disciplines that engage or border on human rights (including law, philosophy, political science, education, human biology, public health, history and religious studies) and the more than 30 student-initiated human rights groups on campus. It seeks to relate the research and findings of the academic disciplines to domestic and human rights policy today.



SHREI laid the foundation for Stanford Global Studies' new and thematically broadened community college partnership, Education Partnership for Internationalizing Curriculum (EPIC). EPIC focuses on strengthening the internationalization of curricula and the professionalization of language instruction at community colleges and K-12 institutions and includes the following programs for community college instructors:

  • Fellows Program and Symposium
  • Professional Development Workshops
  • Foreign Language Professional Development Workshops

For information on future workshops, symposia, and fellows programs, visit EPIC at https://sgs.stanford.edu/programs-centers/community-engagement


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SHREI Newsletter Winter 2014
New Workshops for Community College Instructors; Art at De Anza College; 2013-14 SHREI Fellows; 2014 SHREI Symposium; Upcoming Film Screening; Outstanding Student Project Award Read More

SHREI Newsletter Fall 2012 
SHREI Announces 2012-13 Human Rights Educator Fellows; Recap: 2012 Symposium. Read More



Multiple email phishing/scam attempts are circulating claiming that SHREI and other organizations (such as the Gates Foundation) are hosting human rights conferences over the coming months. This is not true. Please do not register for SHREI conferences except through this website.