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Announcing Four New Human Rights Labs

The projects will address racial justice, rural domestic violence, health equity and immigrant mental health.
December 8, 2020

We are pleased to announce four new Human Rights Labs in the areas of education, medicine, public health, and humanities. The Labs are being funded to advance scholarly insights to meet human rights challenges, with a special focus on dismantling systemic racism.

The Minnesota Human Rights Lab is a venue for interdisciplinary discussions about pressing human rights issues and the research approaches best suited to understanding these issues. The Lab supports academic researchers who are interested in producing knowledge that simultaneously advances human rights and protects advocates and defenders.

These four grants are funded by the Human Rights Initiative and the Grand Challenges collaborative known as the Minnesota Human Rights Model. The grants fulfill in part the  commitment to research on racial justice made by human rights faculty in the wake of the killing of George Floyd in May 2020.

The awards are for the following projects:

Teaching for Action: Exploring Human Rights and Civic Engagement in our Global Communities (K-12 teacher education on human rights and anti-racism)
Lead: Deborah Jane, Institute for Global Studies
External partners: National Youth Leadership Council, and Institute for World Affairs (IWA), University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. 

The Physician’s Role in Promoting Human Rights, Health Equity, and Health Justice (graduate medical education on health and human rights, local health equity, and health justice) 
Lead: Aarti Bhatt, M.D., Medical School
External partners: Campaign Against Racism, Minnesota Doctors for Health Equity, and Mobile Health Initiative

Indigenous Migrants: Healing through Arts (writing workshops for Guatemalan and Mexican migrants)
Leads: Osiris Aníbal Gómez and Olga Salazar Pozos, Department of Spanish & Portuguese
External partner: Comunidades Indígenas en Liderazgo (CIELO)

Assessing the Needs of Rural Minnesota Domestic Violence Direct Service Providers during the COVID Pandemic 
Leads: Ruby H.N. Nguyen, Division of Epidemiology & Community Health, School of Public Health and Christina Ewig, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
External Partners: Hope Center and Violence Free Minnesota Congratulations to these award winners. 

Please stay tuned as we announce research outcomes from these new projects!