Letter from the Director


Greetings from Notre Dame’s
Klau Center for Civil and Human Rights! 

Building on the legacy of our founder, Fr. Ted Hesburgh, C.S.C., and the vision and generosity of our benefactors, Rick and Molly Klau, the Klau Center is poised to be a leader in advancing education, inquiry, and engagement on critical civil and human rights issues.  The Klau Center’s mission is to advance the God-given dignity of all people.

This is an exciting moment in the life of the Klau Center.  We are building up our support for students and faculty.  We are developing a national and international profile as a center dedicated to thoughtful research and innovative policy engagement.  And we have welcomed a leading human rights scholar into our community:  Diane Desierto.  The Klau Center’s support for Professor Desierto’s innovative work on international trade and economic, social, and cultural human rights will have a profound impact on both the theory and practice of human rights across the globe. 

My goal is that the Klau Center will become a leader and indispensable partner at Notre Dame and beyond in promoting human dignity.  We are privileged to be an integral part of Notre Dame’s Keough School of Global Affairs, where our focus on justice contributes to the Keough School’s mission of promoting integral human development.

Thank you for your support of the mission and work of the Klau Center for Civil and Human Rights. 

In Notre Dame,

Jennifer Mason McAward
Director, Klau Center for Civil and Human Rights
Associate Professor of Law