The mission of the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights is to promote respect for human dignity and diversity through education and to foster individual responsibility to work for justice and peace. The Center achieves this mission by providing educational programs for teachers and students, engaging in community leadership and supporting the advocacy for human rights. The Center’s education work reflects the initial charter that guided the creation of the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial – the most effective way to foster positive, lasting change is to prepare youth to be responsible stewards of human rights.
Human Dignity Project
When instances of discrimination and violence occur, particularly when they capture national attention, the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights is the point of contact for those across the state of Idaho seeking ways to both understand and find ways to stand up to injustice. The Center is the home and builder of the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial. Recognized by the state of Idaho as a free, open-air, public museum, the Memorial is the physical embodiment of core values echoed in Anne Frank’s inspirational diary. The Center’s programming extends the museum’s messaging into classrooms and communities.
The Human Dignity Project is a unique educational endeavor in that it provides a blended learning opportunity unlike anything being offered in the state today. The goal is to provide educational tools and resources that move participants from that which inspires to the full realization of human rights for all people. In this project we provide individuals an opportunity to examine the manifestations of inequality, challenge the social construction of discrimination, and confront injustice wherever it occurs.
In order to dismantle oppression, we must first understand that it exists and identify what forces work in conjunction to keep people marginalized. Through education, we begin to change our collective understanding and promote a level of engagement that creates change in our own community. The Human Dignity Project addresses issues that allow participants to unpack the ways attitudes, behaviors, and policies manifest in an unequal treatment. We unpack the actors, institutions, policies and norms that intertwine to create a given situation through a series of content modules. To that end, we examine opportunities and access to rights, and explore the impact of policies, programs, services and laws, and how our lives are inextricably linked to others.
We have to begin by talking about who experiences injustice, or “otherness.” “The Other” is an individual who is perceived by the group as not belonging, as being different in some fundamental way. THE SPIRAL OF INJUSTICE was created as a new model for understanding and packing injustice. This unique tool allows participants to explore injustice through a sequence of language, avoidance, discrimination, violence, and elimination, both cultural and behavioral.
Through education, we begin to challenge our collective understanding and promote a level of engagement that creates change in our own community. How we think determines the ways that we live, interact and understand discrimination and equality.
In 2017, on-site training and workshops were provided to 1000 students, 100 educators, and 400 adult community members.
Participants examine how individuals can knowingly or unknowingly discriminate. We challenge personal bias, deepen understanding, and identify ways to act as “Upstanders” in our own community.
- 0-90 Minutes – $100
- 1.5 -3 Hours – $250
- 3-5 Hours – $500
Presentation or workshop costs outside the Treasure Valley (Mountain Home to Ontario) include additional fees for travel, lodging, and meals determined by the Federal per diem rate. For more information, email email@example.com.
Online content including student leadership programs and educator professional development is available. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.