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Human Rights Certification

Certification Themes:

Diversity, Inclusion, Ethics, Civility, Respect, Upstander

Theme Components:

Knowledge, Reflection, Action

Program Format:

Pre-Test, Post-Test, Six Online Modules

Module Structure:

One hour in length comprised of six 10-minute segments
Six modules = 36 segments = six hours



Program Endowment

Made possible by

Are you the first at your business or non-profit to register for the Human Rights Certification Program?

If so, you may qualify to have your registration fee covered through the Program Endowment.

Fifty (50) businesses or non-profits that are new to the program, can each register two participants at no cost. Email for more information.

Why Be Certified in Human Rights?

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Historically, Idaho has not always had a good reputation as a place where diversity was welcomed.  In years past, Idaho was often seen as the cradle of the Aryan Nations and its supporters; more recently, a statewide conversation has focused on the value of inclusion and diversity in education and in the business community. According to the 2015 McKinsey Report “Why Diversity Matters,” companies with ethnic and cultural diversity out-performed other companies with less diversity by 33%.

Comments from business leaders in support of diversity tend to be both philosophical (“This is the right thing to do”) and practical (“We want to attract and retain the best people”).  As a result, most businesses – and educational institutions, non-profit organizations, civic groups, and so on — tend to have statements of value that stress the importance of respecting human dignity and reaching out to all segments of society.

Yet, those value statements mean little unless the philosophy is backed by practical commitment.  And that commitment must be more than an abstraction.  It must be real and it must be perceived to be real.

The Wassmuth Center’s Human Rights Certification Program is based in that reality.  It provides a way for an individual to acquire deep understanding of the core values of diversity, inclusion, ethics, respect, and civility; to reflect about how those values impact work and personal life; and to decide what action can be taken, one person at a time, to bring those values to the workplace or the community.  As a final category, participants consider the role of the “Upstander,” the person who lives those values out on a daily basis.

Why is certification important?  For the individual, certification is formal recognition of a specific skill set that focuses on human rights and human dignity.  For a business or organization, having employees or members who have earned certification is evidence that value statements are backed by knowledgeable, thoughtful, and meaningful commitments.

Each successful certification is a reminder that people of good intent and good will – people like you – are creating a new reputation for their department, their company, and their community as a place where human rights and human dignity are at the heart of daily living.


Program made possible with support from Wells Fargo.



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“Be the change you want to see in the world.” Mahatma Gandhi

The following organizations include individuals who obtained their Human Rights Certification through the Wassmuth Center:

Advocates for Survivors of Domestic Violence Inc.

Battelle Energy Alliance/Idaho National Lab


Boise Art Museum

College of Western Idaho

Conservation Legacy

CPC Internet

Golden Eagle Audubon Society

HP Inc.

Idaho Botanical Garden

Johnson & Sons Plumbing & Pipeworks LLC


Mountain Home School District


ON Semiconductor


One Stone


Susan G Komen

The Phoenix – Boise

Treasure Valley YMCA

Western Idaho Community Action Partnership

Wood River Women’s Charitable Foundation

Wyakin Foundation