12 Jul

Higher Education and Human Rights Symposium

12 Jul 2018
8:30 am
AAAS Headquarters

July 12-13, 2018
AAAS Headquarters
1200 New York Ave NW
Washington, DC 20005

Agenda Coming Soon


AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition Presents
Higher Education and Human Rights

July 12-13, 2018

Universities and colleges are institutions with influence and power in their communities, nationally and worldwide, and thus have responsibilities to respect, protect and promote human rights. Join the AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition for a symposium where we will explore the human rights responsibilities of academic institutions, how these obligations frame important issues such as inclusion, academic freedom, accountability, and community relationships, and ways the scientific community can help address these critical concerns.

Fifty years after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s speech “Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution,” in which he highlighted land grant colleges as a tool of systemic discrimination, we ask: What can colleges and universities do to advance human rights? What should they do? What must they do? Participants will explore the connections between human rights, particularly the human right to science, and issues many academic institutions are now tackling: academic freedom, freedom of speech on campus, student participation in administrative governance, gender discrimination and sexual harassment, diversity and inclusion, and redress for past violations of human rights. We will examine these issues through the human rights principles of access, participation, informed consent, and justice.

Speakers Include

  • Shirley Malcom, Director, Education and Human Resources Programs, AAAS
  • Karen Horting, Executive Director and CEO, Society of Women Engineers
  • Jonathan Lazar, Professor of Computer and Information Sciences, Towson University
  • Bethany Letiecq, Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Science, George Mason University
  • Alexis McKenney, HU Resist, Howard University
  • Jeffrey H. Toney, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Kean University
  • And more to be announced…

The AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition will hold its business meetings on July 13.

The AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition’s meetings convene scientists, engineers, and health professionals with human rights leaders and policy makers to discuss emerging issues at the nexus of science, technology, and human rights. The Coalition serves as a catalyst for the increased involvement of scientific, engineering, and health associations and their members in human rights-related activities. To learn more about how you can become involved in the AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition, click here.