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. 

Center for Human Rights, San Diego State University


Worker's Rights in Action

Upcoming Event: Workers' RIghts in Action

Join us on Wednesday, December 8 at 5 p.m. in Storm Hall 109 to learn more about your labor rights as a San Diego worker. The event will feature a labor rights lawyer from the Employee Rights Center and an Amazon Campaign Organizer.

Learn more about this event.

A Discussion on Global Health Equity with Dr. Tala Al-Rousan

Upcoming Event: A Discussion on Global Health Equity

Join us for a (Pre-)International Human Rights Day event on Thursday, December 9 at 1:30 p.m.  Dr. Tala Al-Rousan from the UCSD Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Longevity, will join us for a virtual discussion on global health equity.


collage from historic international human rights events

SDSU Library Collection on Human Rights 

Human Rights Studies Online is a research and learning database providing in one place comprehensive, comparative documentation, analysis, and interpretation of major human rights violations and atrocity crimes worldwide. 
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Student Testimonies

Students share their insights on how the Interdisciplinary Human Rights Certificate Program inspires forward thinking.

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Haitian Bridge Alliance - The Bridge

Haitian Bridge Alliance

Haitian Bridge Alliance provides services and support to Black immigrants and asylum-seekers. For information on position openings and volunteer opportunities, contact Carolyn Bonoff, Director of Operations, at [email protected] or (503) 951-8890.

Jewish Family Service (JFS) Moving Foward Together

Volunteer with JFS

There are many ways to stay involved with Jewish Family Service, in person or remotely, and give back to our community during these challenging times.

Learn more about this opportunity.