Human Rights Lab

About the Lab

The Human Rights Lab at Albion College engages students and community members in generating solutions to human rights and social justice problems through research, policy, and advocacy.

Three students standing together in front of a lake in Dayton

Our Projects

The Human Rights Lab at Albion College bridges the gap between theory and practice, showing how research and advocacy can be used to reduce inequality and increase access to rights and justice. The Lab prioritizes experiential learning and community building and links the local with the global.

The Human Rights Lab is a program of the Gerald R. Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and Service in the School of Public Purpose and Professional Advancement.

Advocacy Toolkit

Robinson Hall on Albion College's campus, the home of the Political Science department.

We offer tools and strategies for defending human rights in our own communities and organizing with others for collaborative, human rights-inspired change. Created with college students for college students, our online toolkit offers practical ideas for building more inclusive spaces, preventing bias, challenging hate, and increasing access to rights and justice.

Community Partnerships

Professor Carrie Booth Walling addressing students in class.

Albion students and community partners work together to explore the connections between human rights ideas and human rights practice and how local and global norms shape each other. Lab members and their community partners research, write, and advocate for equitable, rights-based policy practices locally.

Advocacy Bootcamp

Students in class with professor Carrie Booth Walling.

The advocacy bootcamp is a series of workshops that train Albion students in the best practices of human rights and social justice advocacy. Based on a train the trainer model, Human Rights Lab students design curriculum and train campus peers in the theory and practice of rights-based non-violent change. Workshop participants can earn professional development workshop credit for their AlbionEngage experiential learning certificate. 

Human Rights Certificate

A student studying in the library at Albion College.

All students at Albion College can pursue a certificate in human rights to complement their major program of study. The Human Rights Certificate, an AlbionEngage experiential learning certificate, includes purpose courses, professional development, experiential learning, and integrative reflection.

Our Team

Our members research, write, and advocate for equitable, rights-based policy practices.

Niyati Kellenberg Callewaert
Orion Hower
James Scarborough
Caitlyn Cummings
Noah Flint
Kara Anderson
Sheridan Leinbach

Others should care about human rights because they are built on a foundation of dignity, equality, respect, and autonomy.

Niyati Kellenberg Callewaert
Senior Researcher

Human rights are the first step we must take to get to that better world. I have seen and experienced breaches of human rights and I know how it feels to be treated as less than.

Orion Hower
Researcher

You should care about human rights because they impact everyone on this planet. They are the invisible shield between citizens like yourself and completely unsupervised government intervention.

James Scarborough
Senior Researcher

Human rights apply to everyone in every society and its important people are aware of human rights issues in order to stand up for justice.

Caitlin Cummings
Senior Researcher

I believe people should be able to actualize their potential and they cannot do that without having their human rights fulfilled.

Noah Flint
Researcher

I knew joining the lab would allow me to grow my human rights knowledge, share that knowledge with others, and contribute to making a difference in this vast and diverse world.

Kara Anderson
Researcher

I’m passionate about teaching others about their human rights and the responsibility their governments have to protect and uphold them.

Sheridan Leinbach
Researcher