February 12, 2014

SHREI Symposium 2013

In a one-of-a-kind professional development workshop, seventeen community college instructors from across the Bay Area convened at Stanford University on November 16, 2013 to seek new methods for incorporating human rights into their curricula. The SHREI Workshop on Human Trafficking for Community College Instructors, hosted by the Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE), was organized as a follow-up to the 2013 SHREI Symposium on Human Rights Education in the Community College Classroom, held at the Stanford Humanities Center on June 8, 2013.

Human trafficking was one of the major themes at the 2013 SHREI Symposium. “Many of the community college instructors participating in the symposium expressed a desire to further collaborate with colleagues on developing pedagogical approaches to teaching the subject,” said Jonas Edman, Curriculum Writer at SPICE. “The workshop was set up to facilitate this process.”

The daylong event featured scholarly lectures, curricular presentations, and small-group breakout sessions. Lectures were presented by Dr. Helen Stacy, Director of the Program on Human Rights at the Stanford Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law (CDDRL), who spoke about her latest findings on cross-border trafficking in China, Burma, and Thailand; and Dr. Diane H. Steinberg, Visiting Scholar at CDDRL, who presented on strategies for teaching human rights.

In the afternoon, workshop participants broke into small groups to explore pedagogical practices for teaching human rights. Each group developed and shared a lesson plan on human trafficking that showcased a specific instructional approach.  For example, one group developed an interview project for an English course featuring methods that combined both action-orientated and analytical approaches.

“The workshop included many key elements that make professional development seminars successful,” noted Dr. Gary Mukai, Director of SPICE.  “These included rich content (both subject matter content and pedagogical content knowledge), active learning, and collective participation.”

Following the day’s activities, one community college instructor concluded, “The workshop was fantastic—it was informative, motivating, and practical, and I leave with several new lesson plans to try out and lots of ideas.” 

“Our goal for this workshop is the same as our goal for SHREI,” explained Dr. Kim Rapp, Executive Director of the Stanford Global Studies Division (SGS), and Coordinator of the SHREI project, “To bring Stanford and community college resources together so that two- and four-year college instructors can better integrate international subject content into their courses, and share their experiences doing so. The SHREI workshop is another opportunity, in addition to our annual symposium and fellowship program, for instructors to engage with the materials and with their colleagues.”

Due to the success of the fall event, SHREI will host another on Saturday, March 15, 2014: Humanitarian Intervention: Crisis and Practice.  This one-day workshop will feature Dr. Bertrand M. Patenaude speaking about humanitarianism in crisis and how humanitarian intervention became a human right, and Dr. Eugene Richardson discussing humanitarianism in practice and sharing first-hand accounts of humanitarian intervention in Africa and South America. After the lectures, workshop participants will explore best pedagogical practices for incorporating action-oriented approaches that allow learners to critically assess humanitarian intervention practices.

Space is limited to 20 community college instructors. Visit for additional information and to register now.