The Embrey Human Rights Program is different from many other academic programs in its dedication to learning through real-world experience and observation. Students as well as staff, faculty, and members of the community are encouraged to participate in several trips that provide stark reminders of the importance of human rights.
Holocaust Sites in Poland
An annual two-week Holocaust trip to Poland is a cornerstone of the program. Rick Halperin, who has visited sites in Poland regularly since 1983, began leading SMU students, faculty, staff and community members there in 1996. During each journey, as many as two dozen participants visit concentration camps, death camps and memorials throughout the country, where, during World War II, more than one-third of all Holocaust victims were murdered during the Nazi occupation.
The trip to Poland in early winter is by design- to gain a visceral understanding of what Holocaust victims and survivors experienced while appreciating the significance of one's own family and loved ones during the holiday season.
The Poland trip lasts takes place December 18-30th.
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From Rwanda to China, and Points Beyond
Other experiential trips have included Rwanda, El Salvador, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Brazil, South Africa and China. Future destinations will include Australia, Guatemala, Spain, Belarus, Ukraine, Nigeria, Cambodia, Israel and the West Bank.
Civil Rights Pilgrimage
Human Rights majors participate in service learning by taking part in SMU's spring civil rights pilgrimage across the Deep South. Other domestic travel opportunities help students explore issues related to topics such as immigration, indigenous peoples and the death penalty.
Learn more about the Civil Rights Pilgrimage