Student Experience

Our students are dedicated to service and research that directly contributes to social change — locally, nationally and internationally.

Brian Davis"I chose the Human Rights Education program because of its commitment to justice, education, and changing lives. The faculty are actively doing the work they teach in the classroom. The classroom settings are personal and filled with joy and hope. The support professors are great at making you aware of opportunities to help you as a learner, scholar, educator, and person."

Brian Anthony Davis '21, Associate Director of Equity and Inclusion at St. Ignatius College Preparatory

Jake Beaman '17"I love the HRE MA program at USF because we have these in depth personal conversations every class about race, rights, and other matters that are often too taboo to talk about anywhere else. I've learned more about myself in the last year than all of my other years combined because of this time to discuss and reflect.

My undergrad lessons were often in big lecture halls and comprised of multiple choice tests which made it easy to forget the information only a couple days after the test and learn on a superficial level. At USF the essays and conversation have often forced me to think much more critically about who I want to become and what I want to create. Many classes I leave buzzing because the conversation has been empowering. My wish is to create the same environment in the K-12 education system."

Jake Beaman '17, Program Manager

Sabrina James '15"What I most appreciate about the MA in HRE program are my fellow classmates. The classroom experience is full of diversity, rich experiences and perspectives. Professors provide a safe space and thought-provoking material that allows for dialogue and discussion that further delves into the complicated and important issues that need addressing. The program has become more than just a schooling experience, but an experience that has allowed me to become a part of a community that shares similar passions and is actively working to make the human rights vision a reality."

Sabrina James '15, Special Education Teacher, San Francisco Unified School District