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University of Iowa: Stop the Closing of the UI Center for Human Rights
  • Petitioned Sally Mason

This petition was delivered to:

President, University of Iowa
Sally Mason
Provost, University of Iowa
Barry Butler

University of Iowa: Stop the Closing of the UI Center for Human Rights

    1. Zach Heffernen
    2. Petition by

      Zach Heffernen

      Iowa City, IA

February 2013


Zach Heffernen: The dedicated students, faculty, and staff at the University of Iowa, combined with the citizens of Iowa City, poured their hearts out on saving the center through social media, writing campaigns, this petition, public demonstrations and more. Human Rights have become a legacy at the University of Iowa.

The University of Iowa Center for Human Rights (UICHR) has as its mission the promotion and protection of human rights at home and abroad through distinguished multidisciplinary leadership in human rights research, education, and public service to The University of Iowa, its surrounding communities, the State of Iowa, and beyond.

What the Center provides for students:
-Local, Domestic, and International Internships
-Human Rights resources
-Courses and mentorship in Human Rights
-Human Rights certificate
-Guest speakers with extensive experience in Human Rights Issues 
-Books and resources for students interested in Human Rights
-Training for Human Rights advocacy
-Essay competitions
-Community events

Signing this petition is imperative because this collection of signatures will demonstrate to the University of Iowa that the Center for Human Rights is valued and wanted by the students and the surrounding community. Therefore, the University will continue funding the Center and recognizing the importance of Human Rights to the UI campus.

If you would like to become involved with the Save Our Human Rights Center campaign please email Zach Heffernen at zach-heffernen@uiowa.edu

Main Sponsor: UI Students for Human Rights

Co Sponsors: UI One Chapter, UI Global Health Club, Students Abolishing Slavery, UI United Nations Association, UI Amnesty International, Bahá'í Campus Association, the African Studies Program, UI Engineers without Borders, UI International Law Society, the 10,000 Hours Show of Eastern Iowa, and the Iowa City Human Rights Comission 


Recent signatures


    1. Reached 2,500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • sandra jacobs CLINTON, IA
      • over 1 year ago

      Human rights are sometimes denied due to race or creed. We are all created equal and this should remembered and recognized.

    • Evelyn J. Dymkowski CLINTON, IA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Do you realize that one of the signs of fascism is a disdain for human rights? Is that what you want to be?

    • Khadeeja Hamid CORALVILLE, IA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Because I believe human rights education and the opportunity and the resources to promote human rights is vital and necessary for progress.

    • Jenna Armstrong WESTOVER, WV
      • almost 2 years ago

      As a masters student at UI, I had an internship for a year and a half at the UICHR. This was a monumental and critical influence in my goal to pursue human health and rights in an environmental and occupational sense. It worked-- I now work as an Industrial Hygienist for the U.S. government and examine the potential links between occupation and human health every day. I owe a lot to UICHR for opening my eyes to what essentially was my future career.

    • peter weiss NEW YORK, NY
      • almost 2 years ago

      Because Burns Weston has been one of the leading advocates for human rights and the center is needed to continue his work


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