Human Rights Lab
The Human Rights Lab actively engages University of Chicago students and community members in solutions to human rights problems, advancing new questions around human rights theory and practice through the lens of deep research, experiential learning, and critical community-building. In its first five years, under the leadership of Director of Human Rights Practice Alice Kim, the Lab is addressing the intersecting human rights crises of racialized policing and mass incarceration in the United States.
The Lab offers two seminar courses each academic year and houses the Human Rights Lab Track of the Human Rights BA Fellowship program, an opportunity for rising fourth-year students whose BA theses examine human rights issues related to prisons, policing, and the criminal legal system.
From mutual aid projects to multidisciplinary community residencies, the Lab works on a number of initiatives to build community solidarity, more effectively leverage resources, and strengthen a network of like-minded organizations and individuals to enact change.
This initiative matches each accepted student with a Chicago-based organization addressing the crisis of incarceration and criminalization for a full academic year internship supported by the Lab.
The Institute on Memory and Human Rights explores the role of memorials in reckoning with racial inequality and state violence, and how individual and collective memory shapes public narratives of past and present injustices.
Read more about past Lab projects and initiatives.
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