Claremont McKenna College

Welcome to The Mgrublian Center for Human Rights

The Mgrublian Center for Human Rights provides an educational experience that combines classroom and hands-on learning, activism, and research to foster in students a deeper understanding of human rights in their lives, and to prepare interested students for careers and postgraduate work in related professions. The Center hosts leading scholars and human rights activists, sponsors academic travel, internships, student-led task forces, research projects, and supports local and global campaigns, thereby advancing the cause of human rights more broadly while helping students develop the ethical commitments and leadership qualities necessary to identify, prevent, and overcome human rights abuses in today’s world.

Our Programs

Research Opportunities

The Center offers a robust student/faculty research fellowship program; a post-graduate fellowship; and annual awards for best thesis and best overall student in the human rights sequence.


The Center supports summer internship experiences with leading human rights organizations involved in policy, activism, development, education, and humanitarian aid around the world.


Student Activism

Student-led Human Rights Task forces raise awareness on campus and address a full range of current national and global human rights issues.


Human Rights Sequence

The Human Rights sequence provides interdisciplinary coursework that provides students with the knowledge, skills, and moral insight needed to identify, analyze, and combat human rights abuses.


Losing Your Home to Russia, Twice

A story of Ukrainians who passed Russian filtration to flee occupation Iryna Bilousova’s home in Donetsk, Ukraine, destroyed by Russian artillery. Photo credit: Iryna Bilousova. By Anna Romandash “Our story began in 2014,” Iryna says, “We’re from Donetsk. We...

Preventing a Second Armenian Genocide

New York, NY – The Peacebuilding & Human Rights Institute at Columbia University will host a virtual discussion titled, “Preventing a Second Armenian Genocide: Azerbaijan Closes the Lachin Corridor and Makes Artsakh Unlivable in a Bid to Depopulate the Territory,”...

How Russia Stole Ukraine’s Christmas

With constant bombing and little electricity, upcoming holidays are not so cheery for Ukraine The Tree of Unbreakables. Kyiv, Ukraine. Photo credit: Mykola Tymchenko. By Anna Romandash Ukrainians like to go big on Christmas; in fact, they like it so much that they...

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