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About The Initiative

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Sparked by a gift from Idaho’s longtime human rights leader, Marilyn Shuler, to Boise State’s School of Public Service in 2017, the Initiative endeavors to offer:

  • An academic certificate program in human rights education and advocacy that will complement any academic major, so that students might integrate the advancement of human rights into their vocations and avocations.
  • Open opportunities for students, faculty, staff, and community members to learn about human rights issues and advocacy outside of the normal classroom through things such as teach-ins, panel discussions, speakers, and via support of events sponsored by others that do the same. For Fall 2017, these include Teach-Ins in partnership with Albertsons Library, and a two-part special human rights event featuring Tony Stewart and Norm Gissel from the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations on Thursday, October 26. (See events for more details.)
  • Collaborative opportunities and resources for people and groups doing human rights work on campus and in the community; the Shuler Initiative seeks to complement rather than compete with other groups doing good work on human rights.

The certificate program should be available starting in the Fall of 2018. Until then, the Initiative will offer events, pursue collaborative relationships, and seek input from interested participants and potential partners.

The initiative is housed in Library-152f, located on the west-side wing of the Albertson Library building, near the departments of history, criminal justice, and modern languages. For more information, please contact the Initiative’s director, Dr. Jill Gill, Professor of History,