Image of Eleanor Roosevelt holding the Declaration of Human Rights.The Center for International Ethics sponsors innovative educational activities focused on universal values and virtues - and the international framework that seeks to make these values come alive. We aim to connect universal values (e.g., those expressed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights) with local initiatives - echoing Eleanor Roosevelt’s insistence that a respect for human rights is meaningless without attention to “the small places close to home.” 

For instance, the CMU Redbook - a handbook on practicing virtue - helps to further the values of ‘freedom of thought’ and ‘the right to education’ - both explicitly mentioned in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). Similarly, CMUVote, furthers the values of democracy and civic participation - that are also recognized by the UDHR.

Since 2010, the Center has sponsored "Human Rights Month" in November and April. It also works with a number of international partners to develop educational opportunities for CMU students, including a study abroad experience in The Hague, The Netherlands focused on the International Criminal Court and the history of Public International Law. Our programs help CMU to achieve its mission of providing education that fosters personal and intellectual growth that prepares students for meaningful lives and responsible citizenship in a global society. 

The Director of the Center is Hope Elizabeth May. Dr. Andrew Blom, Dr. Kelly Murphy, and Dr. Laurel Zwissler (all of whom are members of CMU’s Department of Philosophy and Religion) are members of the Center’s Advisory Board.