PEace Justice and Human Rights Initiative


Launched in 2014, the Peace, Justice, and Human Rights (PJHR) Initiative grew out of FAU’s highly successful Peace Studies Program, which was founded in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters in 1999. PJHR is one of nine key “platforms” in the University’s Strategic Plan. The Initiative is a university-wide, multidisciplinary, and interdisciplinary effort that brings together scholars, students, practitioners, and community leaders engaged in the themes of social justice, human rights, and peace and nonviolence.

Our collaborative community includes students, university staff, and community partners, as well as dozens of Faculty Affiliates who represent disciplines from across the university and FAU’s six campuses. PJHR also includes the Barb Schmidt Fellowship, Arthur and Emalie Gutterman Family Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education, and the Leon Charney Diplomacy Program.  Together, we are the diverse faculty, staff, and students at a Hispanic-Serving public university, located at the crossroads of the United States and the Caribbean, who believe it is possible and necessary to create a more just, peaceful, equitable world. Our goal is to create positive change locally, nationally, and internationally by advancing knowledge and bold solutions to social problems through our research, teaching and learning, activism, and community engagement.


The Barb Schmidt Fellowship


Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education (CHHRE)
Leon Charney Diplomacy Program

Afghan refugees hold placards as they participate in a protest in New Delhi on Aug. 23. Hundreds of activists from various organizations and Afghan refugees protested against the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan and demanded protection for Afghan women. (Harish Tyagi/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock)
August 24, 2021

Article by Kelly J. Shannon, Director, Peace, Justice, and Human Rights Initiative (PJHR) featured in The Washington Post...

Angela D. Nichols, Ph.D.
April 26, 2021

Dr. Nichols primarily will assist with PJHR's programming and community engagement activities.

Rest in Power - George Floyd Painting
April 21, 2021

A Letter from the PJHR Director...

Human Rights in Belarus
April 05, 2021

Dr. Palina Prysmakova, Assistant Professor in FAU’s School of Public Administration

Kelly Shannon, director of Florida Atlantic University's Peace, Justice and Human Rights Initiative (PJHR)
December 14, 2020

The article is titled “Women's Human Rights and U.S. Relations with the Islamic World: Advice for the Biden Administration"


Salim Yaqub, Ph.D.  University of California, Santa Barbara
October 15, 2021

Event Date: Mon, October 25, 4 pm - ZOOM

Aisha Finch Lecture
September 23, 2021

Event Date: Thursday, September 30, 3 pm - ZOOM

Iran and Current Events: An Evening with Barbara Slavin
September 10, 2021

Event Date: Thurs., September 16, 6 -7:30 pm EST - ZOOM

Virtual Summer Institute for Educators: The Holocaust Through the Experiences of Children
April 14, 2021

Virtual Summer Institute for Educators: June 22–24

Readings and Panel discussion on the newly released book “Collateral Damage: Women Write About War”
March 31, 2021

Readings and Panel discussion: Wednesday, April 14, 4 pm

Spotlight ALL Spotlight

October 05, 2020

Understanding Child Labor in Myanmar



Iran and Currrent Events with Barbara Slavin - FAU Peace Justice and Human Rights Initiative Event