The Campus Human Rights Index is an innovative effort to measure, document, and comparatively analyze university commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion through the policy, practice, and study of human rights principles and frameworks. The long-term goal of this project is to create a valid, useful, publicly available measure of university and college support for human rights on their campuses as an area of study and a framework around which policies are constructed. Our hope is that the measure will be adopted widely by the press, non-profit organizations, and other institutions concerned about the human rights practices in higher education. Annual rankings of institutions of higher education are often shaped by measures of academic prestige, enrollments, and funding dollars. The Campus Human Rights Index would legitimize campus climate as a standard measure by which universities should be held accountable.
With support from M-Cubed, CPI Co-Directors Michelle Bellino (School of Education) and Christian Davenport (Political Science), and Donia Human Rights Center Director Kiyoteru Tsutsui (Sociology), are leading this project, in collaboration with research associates Charles Crabtree and Volha (Olga) Chykina.