San Diego State University  Center for Human Rights

About the Center

The Center for Human Rights of the College of Arts and Letters (CAL) at San Diego State University (SDSU) supports and promotes human rights research and education at SDSU, as well as opportunities for engagement with human rights organizations in San Diego County and in the San Diego-Tijuana binational area and beyond.

The center offers a Certificate in Human Rights that is open to all majors.  It seeks to expand the understanding of human rights in a range of evolving social and regional contexts through a meaningful course of study.  The films and speaker series organized by the center enrich students’ educational experience and awareness of pressing human rights issues that we face locally, nationally, and globally. 

blue bird shaped like a hand, symbol for human rights


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"Borders, Migration and Detention
in the Americas" Course

Professor Kate Swansons' honors course students exchange letters with migrants in detention

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Hayden, Abdullah, Nona, Kiana

Student Testimonies

Students share their insights on how the Interdisciplinary Human Rights Certificate Program Inspires Forward Thinking

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