Date of Graduation

Spring 5-18-2017

Document Access

Project/Capstone - Global access

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Human Rights Education (HRE)


School of Education



First Advisor

Dr. Monisha Bajaj


Throughout my research and work in education I realized there is often a disconnect between schooling and students especially in low-income areas. It can be incredibly difficult to feel confident at school when the curriculum is not relatable to your experiences and life. In this paper I explore how an athletic program can be used to teach a Human Rights Education to fill in the gaps the traditional school day may not provide. I used a Human Rights Education framework with the teacher/coach as a facilitator and a Critical Race Theory lens examining intersectionality, counter-story telling, and interest convergence in the school day. I interviewed 14 students at two different urban elementary schools who take part in a “junior coach” leadership program to get an oral history perspective on their lives, experiences in school, and how sports impacted them. Based on my findings I provide recommendations on how best a coach, teacher, team, and community can support and empower students to solve community problems and inspire students to follow their dreams. In the Appendix there are some sample lesson/practice plans on how a coach can use a Human Rights Education at a sports practice.