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A Minnesota Human Rights Education Experience. What Are Human Rights??. Human rights are the rights a person has simply because he or she is a human being. Human rights are held by all persons equally, universally, and forever.

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Human rights are the rights a person has simply because he or she is a human being.
  • Human rights are held by all persons equally, universally, and forever.
  • Human Rights include civil, political, economic, social, and cultural rights.
Human Rights Education is a

life-long process by which people at all levels of development and in all strata of society learn respect for the dignity of others and the means and methods of ensuring that respect in all societies.


This is My Home is a human rights education resource for primary and secondary students, which seeks to create peaceful, effective, and fun learning environments for all to thrive in Minnesota schools. This is My Home includes model lessons for grades K-12, a unique student-centered education process, and a wide scope of additional resources for educators.

primary objectives
Primary Objectives
  • To engage all members of the school community in creating a learning environment in which everyone can grow to their full potential with their human rights and human dignity upheld;
To motivate all members of the school community to take responsibility in promoting and protecting human rights, so that student achievement, development, and performance can thrive
  • To develop new tools for sharing and monitoring effective human rights education practices.

Learning Goals of the MN K-12 Human Rights Education

Resource Kit

Human Rights Vocabulary

Human Rights Concepts/philosophies

Standards and Values within:

The UDHR, Bill of Rights, MN HR Act

And the viewpoints of others

1 the human rights education framework
1.The Human Rights Education Framework

A developmental sequence for learning human rights language, principles, skills, and practices.

human rights principles
Human Rights Principles
  • Equality
  • Human Dignity
  • Inalienability
  • Indivisibility
  • Interdependency
  • Non-Discrimination
  • Responsibility
  • Universality
2 educational standards and human rights
2. Educational Standards and Human Rights
  • Minnesota Academic Standards
  • The Minnesota Human Rights Act
  • The United States Bill of Rights
  • The Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
  • Convention of the Rights of the Child.
3 the human rights process model
3. The Human Rights Process Model

A student-centered learning circle with 7 steps:

  • (1) Observe and Identify the Issue or Problem
  • (2) Describe and Compare
  • (3) Generate Responses, Formulate Positions, and

Make Predictions

  • (4) Select a Response and Take Action
  • (5) Observe and Collect Information
  • (6) Reflect and Draw Conclusions
  • (7) Communicate Learning with Others in the


how will we measure the impact
How will we measure the impact?

In recent studies, Minnesota has been shown:

  • To have one of the widest achievement gaps in the nation between white students and students of color.
  • To rank particularly high in teasing, bullying, and aggressive behaviors.
indicators to measure
Indicators to Measure
  • Student Behavior and Attitude
  • Student Achievement
  • School Climate
  • Human Rights Knowledge and Skills
  • Family Involvement
  • Community Partnerships
bringing hre into your community is easy
Bringing HRE into your community is easy!




the great question eleanor roosevelt 1958
The Great Question – Eleanor Roosevelt, 1958

Where, after all, do universal rights begin? In small places, close to home – so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. Yet they are the worlds of the individual person; the neighborhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm, or office where he works. Such are the places where every man, woman, and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerned citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world.

contact information
Contact Information
  • The University of Minnesota Human Rights Resource Center
  • Mission: To foster learning that develops the knowledge, skills and values needed to build a universal culture of human rights.
contact information1
Contact Information
  • Kristi Rudelius-Palmer



  • Kimberly Walsh

Education and Outreach Coordinator