Promoting Civil and Human Rights

The Klau Center engages its mission to promote civil and human rights in three ways. Through academic programs, we seek to make the study of civil and human rights a centerpiece of education at Notre Dame. Through support of research and curricular development, we seek to broaden our understanding of these issues. Through initiatives and public events, we seek to engage a broader audience and encourage innovative approaches to promoting human dignity.

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Keough School of Global Affairs

The Klau Center for Civil and Human Rights is part of the Keough School of Global Affairs, advancing integral human development through research, policy, and practice.

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New: Minor in Civil and Human Rights

Our new academic program emphasizes both domestic and international issues, giving undergraduates a broad-based view of critical global problems.

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What We Do

The Klau Mission

Mission Academic


We engage with students at the undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate level, providing opportunities for study and research in critical areas.

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Grants & Fellowships

We support students and faculty in research, engagement, and teaching on civil and human rights issues.

Mission Initiatives


We seek to provide leadership on critical issues of justice, helping to shape innovative, principled, and hopeful practices to promote human dignity.

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Building an Anti-Racist Vocabulary

Our initiative designed to provide intellectual and moral building blocks to begin the transformative work of anti-racism in our students, on our campus, and in our broader communities.

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With Voices True

This new initiative seeks to give voice to the Notre Dame community on issues of racial identity and race relations. Through audio and video recordings and written narratives, the archive will be a valuable research and classroom teaching resource.

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Klau Center Student Affiliates

The Klau Center gathers a community of students committed to civil and human rights. Our student affiliate program, open to both undergraduate and graduate students, provides opportunities for rich extracurricular activities, exclusive funding for research, and valuable community-building.

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