This timeline charts the history of CCHR from its founding to the present day. Use it to learn about key players in CCHR's development, follow its evolving mission, and read samples of Center research.
The Center for Civil and Human Rights is founded on the belief that every human being, created in the image of God, has a dignity entitled to respect and protection. In all of its efforts, the Center stands in solidarity with the oppressed, the afflicted, and the vulnerable and seeks to secure their human rights and the conditions for their flourishing. Through education, the Center aspires to equip human rights lawyers and other students to become champions of human rights in every corner of the world. Through research, the Center aims to raise awareness of particular forms of oppression among activists, officials, scholars, and students in order that they may promote human rights more effectively. These commitments emanate from the Catholic tradition of justice found at the heart of the University of Notre Dame.
Informed by the University's "
Spirit of Inclusion," the Center for Civil & Human Rights welcomes all people, regardless of color, gender, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, social or economic class, or nationality, and works to sustain an inclusive environment.