Florida Atlantic University recently established a Peace, Justice and Human Rights (PJHR) Initiative. Building on the success of FAU’s Peace Studies Program, which is generously funded by the Schmidt Family Foundation, and supported by the Lynn-Wold-Schmidt Peace Studies Endowment, the initiative seeks to bring together the various entities on campus invested in the theme of human rights, peace and social justice. In uniting these entities, FAU plans to create a robust center for collaboration, engagement, scholarship and research.


Two of the initial activities in the initiative include collaborative faculty research grants. The first is for the “Digital Humanities and Social Justice” research group, which will organize a year-long series of workshops and associated events on incarceration, immigration reform, freedom of speech, labor laws, and much more. This initiative is being funded through the Lalita and Walter Janke PJHR Initiative Fund.

The second research initiative will focus on the problem of sex trafficking—specifically the gap in outreach efforts to victims by organizations and government agencies. This research is being funded through a grant from the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters advisory board.

For more information, visit the PJHR website at fau.edu/pjhr.