Conference Report: Third Human Rights Studies Spring Research Symposium - May 26, 2023 - I-House Davis - 12:30 PM - 5:00PM

Conference Summary:

The incredible interdisciplinary and public scholarship opportunities of Human Rights Studies at UC Davis were demonstrated by the participants — faculty, graduate students, education professionals and undergraduate Human Rights Studies Minors  — of the 3rd UC Davis Human Rights Studies Spring Research Symposium, May 26, 2023 – International House, Davis.

UC Davis report emphasizes a continuing need for refugees to safeguard their most important academic documentation as the digital divide grows in areas of humanitarian need.

During 2021-2022, UC Davis Human Rights Studies faculty, staff, and students collaborated with Kepler to facilitate higher education access for over 2,200 university-age refugees in Rwanda using Article 26 Backpack. Article 26 Backpack, or "Backpack", works to meet the needs of young refugees and displaced people to achieve document safety and security.

Dispatches from #FMDH23: Presentation Day

I’m Dheera Dusanapudi, a Human Rights Studies student and second-year International Relations major. I am also one of the four UC Davis students in Buenos Aires presenting at the third Foro Mundial de Derechos Humanos, alongside Emma Tolliver, Valerie Lima, and Ella Ross.

Backpacker, Go!

Backpacker, Go!
Winter/Spring 2023 Newsletter 1.4

Emma Tolliver, Editor
UC Davis Backpack Guide Collective

This quarter, we have information about free academic credentialing resources and fellowship opportunities. 

First, we have an introduction from Backpacker #1: Keith David Watenpaugh, Professor and Director of Human Rights Studies. 


MLK Day 2023 "The audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture:" Human Rights and America's Civil Rights Journey

British-Ghanian architect David Adjaye’s design of the National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall in Washington, DC grabs you by both shoulders and demands that you not look away as it draws you down into the painful story at the heart of America’s past.

Human Rights Studies and the Current Labor Action

The University of California, Davis Human Rights Studies Program recognizes that University of California graduate students, researchers, student employees and postdocs have engaged in efforts to secure fair wages, benefits and working conditions.  Considering these efforts, we express our support for our fellow academic workers and call on the UC to bargain in good faith and hope a just and fair agreement can be achieved quickly.   

We also reaffirm our support for Article 23:3 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948)

HMR stands in solidarity with Iranian Protesters - Urges Use of Backpack to Safeguard Academic Materials and Research

The UC Davis Human Rights Studies Program stands in solidarity with the people of Iran as many have taken to streets in protest of the death in custody of a 22-year-old Kurdish Iranian woman, Zhina Mahsa Amini. She was arrested and beaten by members of Iran’s Gašt-e Eršād or Guidance Patrol, more commonly called, the “morality police” for allegedly wearing her hijab — a legally required headscarf — improperly.

Human Rights Studies at UC Davis – Year 10 Text of comments delivered at the UC Davis Teaching History Conference – May 8, 2021

Human Rights Studies at UC Davis – Year 10

Text of comments delivered at the UC Davis Teaching History Conference – May 8, 2021

This last year, UC Davis’ Human Rights Studies Program surpassed 1000 enrollments in our courses, making us the largest program in California and we thing perhaps the nation.

 It is an exciting, rewarding, and relevant field to teach and do research in and students respond well and engage enthusiastically.