Speak Truth To Power Human Rights Teaching Fellows Program

Become a 2015-2016 Speak Truth To Power Human Rights Teaching Fellow!

The Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at American University Washington College of Law (Center) and the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights (RFK Human Rights) have launched a new transformative initiative for student-to-student peer education in the field of human rights, the Speak Truth to Power (STTP) Human Rights Teaching Fellows Program

The program brings together law students, high school teachers, and high school students to promote human rights education and activism.  Building on the success of RFK Human Rights' Speak Truth to Power Human Rights curriculum, the new STTP Human Rights Teaching Fellows Program expands on more than two decades of work by the Center and RFK Human Rights promoting human rights education in the United States and around the world by empowering law students to become human rights educators and by inspiring high school students to become human rights advocates. The program enables law students to teach high school students from a variety of communities in the Washington, DC area, basing their lessons on the highly acclaimed STTP curriculum. In addition, through exposing high school students to law student-educators, the program seeks to create peer-to-peer educational models to inspire young people to make positive change in the world around them.

Human Rights Teaching Fellows

Following a competitive application process, eight American University Washington College of Law students were selected as 2013 STTP Human Rights Teaching Fellows. Click here to learn more about the 2013 Speak Truth To Power Human Rights Teaching Fellows.

The Fellows participate in a one-semester seminar focused on effective techniques for teaching human rights, deepening knowledge about core human rights issues, and reflecting on the use of various mechanisms (such as documentary film) to communicate human rights issues.  Fellows also fulfill weekly teaching assignments in local high schools during the Fall semester. Finally, law students collaborate with local middle school and high school teachers to develop appropriate lesson plans for their in-class work, and the high school teachers focus on integrating these lessons into their broader curriculum.

Speak Truth To Power

Speak Truth to Power, a centerpiece project of RFK Human Rights, is a multi-faceted global initiative that uses the experiences of human rights defenders from around the world to educate students about human rights and social justice issues. The project’s renowned human rights curriculum consists of lessons based on the lives and work of select human rights defenders, including fourteen Nobel Peace Prize Laureates, which are designed to encourage youth to become personally involved in the protection of human rights. The STTP curriculum has been taught to thousands of students in Africa, Asia, Europe and the United States.  An updated U.S. curriculum, launched in Fall 2011, includes 32 teacher-developed lesson plans for students in grades 6-12.

More Information

The Speak Truth to Power Human Rights Teaching Fellows Program envisions an innovative, replicable model for experiential learning and teaching of human rights which will be expanded into additional law schools and school districts across the country in the coming academic year. For more information about the program, please send an email to humlaw@wcl.american.edu.