The Handa Center is delighted to announce that the Minor in Human Rights was unanimously renewed this month for a five year term by Stanford's Academic Council. The renewal comes after the program received a positive recommendation from the Committee on the Review of Undergraduate Majors.
Since the interdisciplinary degree program launched in the Fall of 2016, student interest has been strong and enrollment has grown rapidly. This year’s graduating class includes 23 seniors, representing an increasingly diverse set of major disciplines, as demonstrated by the graphic below.
The human rights minor forms the cornerstone for all of the Handa Center’s student engagement efforts. During the curriculum review process, the program received a great deal of positive feedback about the integrated student experience. Our Minors have appreciated learning through summer internship experiences, taking opportunities for applied research, participating in events with visiting human rights practitioners, and accessing the in-depth career advising offered by the Center. Through a partnership with BEAM: Bridging Education, Ambition & Meaningful Work, the Handa Center is in the midst of offering a five-week Human Rights Careers Intensive to support upperclassmen to learn about human rights careers, meet alumni and other professionals who successfully work in human rights roles, and get job-search ready.
The Handa Center is continuing to work to grow such programs in the future, to meet growing demand as student enrollment in the Minor continues to climb.