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Joseph H. Loundy Human Rights Project

Joseph Loundy Human Rights Project

In 2008, with an initial $100,000 gift from alumnus Joseph Loundy, Roosevelt University established the Joseph Loundy Human Rights Project. This program is unique in the US and gives students once-in-a-lifetime experiences and opportunities.

We partner with other campus and community organizations to provide human-rights related programming to the larger Roosevelt community and the public.

Take the Class

View the next offering of the Loundy Human Rights Project's Comparative Human Rights class in the RU Class Schedule. Urban Human Rights is offered every Fall.

In some years, it is offered as an Honors course. If you are not currently an honors student and are interested in taking the course, consider seeking admittance to the Honors Program.

Human Rights Challenges We Study

By The Numbers...

  • On average, more than half of students completing our comparative course intend to attend graduate school or law school (compared with a third on average at the outset of the course).
  • About a quarter of our students travel outside the US for the first time with the Project.
  • More than half of our students began a human rights related internship during (or within the first six months) of being enrolled in our signature course, Urban Human Rights.
  • One-third of our alums go on to graduate school or law school (significantly higher than the Roosevelt average).

Students Get To...

  • Conduct comparative research on human rights in the US and abroad
  • Generate strategies to promote human rights and social justice in Chicago
  • Engage in seminars with national and local leaders
  • Discover, first hand, the human rights challenges in Chicago
  • Travel abroad to experience the way others are meeting these human rights challenges elsewhere
  • Gain experience through summer internships
  • Create a track record of publication
  • Effect change in their local community

Contact Us

Do you want to learn more about our organization or about how you can get involved? Please contact us.

Bethany Barratt, Associate Professor of Political Science

“I truly learned more in this class than I ever have from any of my previous classes. I went from knowing basically nothing about drug policy to being able to compile an entire report on the details of American drug policy complete with comprehensive policy recommendations. Our trip to Amsterdam was my first time out of the country, and I will never forget it!”

“Being a very 'hands-on' person, I thoroughly enjoyed having the opportunity to have site visits locally and internationally; gaining personal experiences and insights on a specific topic I didn't know much about previously.”

“Not only has Urban Human Rights been beneficial to my overall knowledge and depth of understanding of a host of issues, this class, through our comparative research, has granted me the ability to make an honest re-assessment of many views that are held to be true by policy-makers, and the American general public including myself. In addition, the hands-on curriculum that Dr. Barratt has provided through this course has been both an eye-opening and transformational experience that I will not soon forget.”

Former Students Involved in the Project

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