Human Rights and Education


UW Guatemala Education Project

This project was spearheaded by a group of University of Washington students and recent alumni working to provide scholarships and vocational training for their peers in Guatemala. The project was jointly designed and supported by UW students/alumni and the Movimiento de Trabajadores Campesinos (Movement of Peasant Workers, MTC), a non-governmental organization based in San Marcos, Guatemala.

Since 2005, the University of Washington Guatemala Project raised more than $50,000 to contribute to education and opportunites for youth in San Marcos, Guatemala. This was made possible by our many generous donors and the patrons of our 2007 benefit auction.


For more information about the project's history, click here.


For more information about our Guatemalan partners see Movimiento de Trabajadores Campesinos.

Project Years:  Click the hyperlinked years for more information

2007:  Youth Leadership (Phase One)

2008:  Vocational Training  (Phase Two)

2009:  In 2009 the Guatemala Education Project sent $5,000 to the MTC to support another year’s worth of vocational training programs.

2010:  [under construction]

2011:  [under construction]

2012:  [under construction]


Human Rights Documentary Project

UW CHR volunteers are providing critical support to the UW Libraries as the Libraries seek to update the UW Human Rights Film Directory.  Through analyzing human rights-related documentaries available through the UW Libraries and reviewing these documentaries for inclusion in the HR Film Directory, volunteers are helping make these important works accessible to the public.  For many, documentary films are their first window into human rights issues and provide an important jumping off point for greater engagement with human rights. Glenda Pearson, one of CHR's Steering Committee Members, is spearheading this project.


Right to Education Project

This project is composed of a variety of collaborations and initiatives with NGOs and grassroots organizations interested in safeguarding the right to education. Some of these organizations are further interested in the links between this and other human rights. UW CHR has provided training and other support to these organizations.

Seattle Young People's Project Workshop:

UW CHR's Glenda Pearson led a workshop for a group of young people in November of 2011 on how to use widely available research tools to conduct research about the school-to-prison pipeline and broader educational inequities. The workshop sought to empower SYPP's YO 2.0 participants by teaching them how to access trustworthy information that they could later use to advocate for their rights.

Learning Resource Center in Loitokitok, Kenya:

This year's Caldwell Fellows are helping with the construction of a Learning Resource Center in Loitokitok, Kenya. According to the most recent (October 2011) field update, construction of the Center was slated to be completed by early November, 2011. Fellows are working with members of the community to formulate the curriculum and classes will be starting in late November, 2011.    



Human Rights Endowed Funds for Students

UW CHR administers two funds that support student work in the field of human rights.  Student fellowships are awarded every spring.  Applications for our 2012 fellowships are due by midnight on March 26, 2012.  For more information about these funds, the application process, and past award recipients, click on the links below.

The Abe Osheroff and Gunnel Clark Endowed Human Rights Fund for Students

The Jennifer Caldwell Endowed Fund in Human Rights




Center for Human Rights
University of Washington
Box 353650
Seattle, WA 98195

Angelina Snodgrass Godoy
Helen H. Jackson Endowed Chair in Human Rights
Director, Center for Human Rights

Gai-Hoai T. Nguyen
Associate Director, Center for Human Rights