Human Rights Academy

The Human Rights Academy is an opportunity for Cape Cod schools to reflect on the work students have done in support of human rights. This event takes place each spring and allows for student reflection and growth before leaving for summer vacation.

Stay tuned for the Spring 2022 event date and venue details.


Malcolm McDowell Award 

Applications will be announced in early 2022 for the Annual Malcolm McDowell Award, named in honor of the noted human rights activist and former member of the Barnstable County Human Rights Commissioner.

The Malcolm McDowell Award will be open to juniors and seniors who are members of the Human Rights Academy.  Successful candidates will demonstrate initiative, leadership, and dedication to improving the human rights atmosphere of Barnstable County and the wider world.

Application and further details will be available in early 2022.


2021 Winners

Read More About the 2021 Malcolm McDowell Award Recipients Here

Photos from the 2021 McDowell Award Ceremony

Click here to read the November 2019 Enterprise article.

Read the November 1, 2019 Enterprise article ‘Students from all over Cape Embrace Human Rights”, written by Karen B. Hunter.


Read a sampling of Human Rights Academy projects and initiatives undertaken by Cape Cod schools in 2016.


Kate Epperly, VP, BCHRAC, Sets up a Table for the “Human Rights Academy”

Kate Epperly, VP, BCHRAC, sets up a table for the Human Rights Academy.