HREI Community Resources
Rotating Resources for May: Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month is celebrated in the month of May in the United States to recognize the contributions and influence of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States.
Subscribe to our social media channels and join HREI this month in sharing books and stories that highlight the beautiful Asian and Pacific Islander cultures that have given great impact to OUR wonderfully diverse America.
United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is a milestone document in the history of human rights. Drafted by representatives with different legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions of the world, the Declaration was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on 10 December 1948 (General Assembly resolution 217 A) as a common standard of achievements for all peoples and all nations. It sets out, for the first time, fundamental human rights to be universally protected and it has been translated into over 500 languages. You can also find a child-friendly version of the declaration on the United Nations’ website.
In addition to the UDHR, the United Nations has laid out rights for children. In 1959 the United Nations passed the Declaration of the Rights of the Child, which put forth an expectation for protection, education, health care, shelter, and good nutrition for the children of the world. For a fuller understanding of this topic visit the UN’s section on children.
HREI Lending Library
The HREI Lending Library is available to our visitors from 10:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Readers can now check out a book or a set of resources to take home or use in a classroom. We also have a comfortable reading room.
We have in stock a wide variety of titles on many topics: human rights movements, civil rights history, abolition, and more. The writings of leaders such as Martin Luther King, Jr. and Abraham Lincoln are available. There are also many multicultural storybooks sharein experiences from around the globe. Titles are suitable for adult readers, for young people, and for teachers.
Annual Recommended Readings
Visit our page that outlines recommended human rights focused readings.
Diversity Training and Human Rights Leadership Development
HREI, along with our partners in education, offer training on diversity and human rights leadership development. These training curriculum are tailored toward people in the fields of education and higher education. More opportunities will be coming throughout the year, but for a look at what we have offered in the past click the link below.