The UW Center for Human Rights (UWCHR) spans departments, schools, and the three campuses of the University of Washington to bring together faculty and students from a variety of disciplines whose work focuses on human rights issues. Faculty associates come from the Bothell and Tacoma campuses as well as the Seattle campus. They come from various schools and colleges, including the College of Arts and Sciences, the Jackson School of International Studies, the Law School, the Evans School of Public Affairs, the Medical School, the School of Social Work, the College of Education, and the University Libraries. Departments and programs represented include political science; law, societies & justice; philosophy; anthropology; geography; sociology; comparative literature; sociology; global health; women’s studies; and the program on values in society. The Center is committed to engaged collaboration with community partners and policymakers as well as to pursuing academic explorations of global issues.
The University of Washington Center for Human Rights was established by an initiative of the Washington State legislature in 2009, following a decade of ambitious program-building on all three UW campuses. In 2008, a generous donation from the Henry M. Jackson Foundation made possible the creation of the Helen H. Jackson Endowed Chair in Human Rights, lending new momentum to longstanding efforts to create an institutional home for human rights at the University of Washington. Senator Paull Shin sponsored a bill in the 2008-09 Washington state legislative session to create the Center for Human Rights, which was signed into law by Governor Christine Gregoire in June 2009.
The UWCHR stands poised to become a major center for the study and practice of human rights. Drawing on the diverse strengths of our faculty, staff, and student body across three campuses, we look forward to expanding our presence in the years ahead.
Faculty members and friends of the Center for Human Rights join Governor Christine Gregoire as she signs the bill to establish the Center.