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Embrey Critical Human Rights Initiative (ECHRI)


Embrey FF LogoThe Center for Women’s and Gender Studies (CWGS) Embrey Critical Human Rights Initiative (ECHRI) generates and supports projects to create an educational culture for gender and racial justice. Through innovative learning spaces including vibrant collaborations with community organizers, the EWHRI sustains research, teaching, and activism as justice strategies in resistance to oppressions along constructed borders of ability, class, ethnicity, gender, indigeneity, nationality, and sexuality.

Current projects of the CWGS ECHRI include:

Performing Justice Project: A team of CWGS faculty and staff generated the Performing Justice Project (PJP) to build a performance-based approach to exploring high school curricula on gender and racial justice with many people. PJP has worked with youth in juvenile justice settings, foster care facilities, and Texas schools. The program prepares youth to make change around gender and racial justice in their lives and communities. Watch the Performing Justice Project from 2012 and 2011.

Signature Courses: We recruit faculty to develop and teach UT first-year CWGS ECHRI-Supported Signature Courses on gender and racial justice.

Support for Faculty and Students: We also run additional programs in support of students and faculty building an educational culture for gender and racial justice. We recruit faculty for an ongoing Project Group on Teaching Critical Approaches to Gender and Racial Justice.

Established by J. Lindsey Embrey, the Embrey Family Foundation began in 2004 and continues to “cultivate human rights awareness and advance initiatives that challenge and embolden people to walk better in the world.”




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