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.

Due to COVID-19, HRA has transitioned to virtual platforms until it is safe to resume in-person gatherings. The Spring 2021 event will take place on Wednesday, May 5th from 12:45 PM – 2:15 PM via Google Meet.


Please encourage any and all eligible students to apply for the Annual Malcolm McDowell Award. Additional details and application information is attached below.

Announcing the Annual Malcolm McDowell Award Competition

Applications will be accepted through May 21, 2021 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.  Each winner will receive a $250 gift certificate.

The awardees will be announced on the website on May 26, 2021.


Application and further details may be found here


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.