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

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"

FAU Gets A Boost For Jewish Studies
December 11, 2020

A $20 million gift will be used to construct a new space for Holocaust and Jewish Studies academic programs

Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters
November 20, 2020

Florida Atlantic University officially announced today that it has received its largest gift in school history – a $20 million gift from benefactors Kurt and Marilyn Wallach.

Call for PJHR GTA Fellowships
November 12, 2020

Interested students should submit their application to the Graduate Program by January 15, 2021

FAU Leon Charney Diplomacy Program
November 10, 2020

FAU’s Leon Charney Diplomacy Program finished first overall in the National Model United Nations competition in Washington, D.C.


PJHR Workshop #2: Decolonial Pedagogy: Practical Implementation
February 18, 2021

Friday, February 26, 12-1:30 pm | Zoom

Literary Connections to the Holocaust Event Flyer
January 28, 2021

4 pm, Wednesday, March 10 | Free Virtual Event

Programs in Holocaust and Jewish Studies
January 28, 2021

Virtual Events Spring 2021

The Nazi Olympics
January 13, 2021

Thursday, February 11 | 4 - 7 pm, Virtual Event

Spotlight ALL Spotlight

October 05, 2020

Understanding Child Labor in Myanmar


Decolonial Pedagogy: Theory, Historical Context, and Necessity
February 17, 2021

Decolonial Pedagogy: Theory, Historical Context, and Necessity

October 29, 2020

PJHR Co-Sponsored Event - "AI and Fairness in the Justice System," part of School of Communication and Multimedia's Critical Conversation Series