Free public access of resource materials and classroom lesson plans developed by the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights.

A.C.T. (Ask, Choose, Teach) to be an Upstander recognizes how the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial relates to and supports the concepts of human rights, human dignity, brotherhood, empathy, bystander, and upstander.  The course connects Universal Declaration of Human Rights to the quotes and authors featured on the Memorial Walls.  The focus is on the positive ACTs (Ask, Choose, Teach) each individual can take to confront biased language and hurtful behaviors that are fundamental to making a safe and supportive community or classroom.

The “Spiral of Injustice” is a companion piece to our “Be an Upstander” program.  The Wassmuth Center is educating individuals to be upstanders and interrupt the spiral when he/she witnesses—or hears— injustice. The spiral of injustice begins with language; it’s why words matter. When words are used to target or diminish “the other” in our community, when our speech pits “us” versus “them,” and when we decry “moral correctness” as being too politically correct, our words have become weapons used to diminish another’s life experience and dignity.

For most of us, slavery is something we think of as a part of history rather than the present. The reality is that slavery still thrives in our world. Currently, there are an estimated 30 million slaves. Modern-day slaves are not bought and sold at public auctions, nor do their owners hold legal title to them. Yet, they are just as surely trapped, controlled and brutalized as were the slaves in our history books.  Poor, uneducated, women, children and marginalized people are trapped by poverty and are often powerless.  The similarities to historical slavery are striking and happen everywhere in the world, even Idaho. 

The life of Bill Wassmuth anthropomorphizes (brings alive) the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights mission statement to "promote respect for human dignity and diversity through education and to foster individual responsibility to work for justice and peace." By reviewing the history and background, Bill Wassmuth becomes an Idaho upstander for human rights.   

Creating safe spaces in Idaho's schools, where every child can learn and every teacher can teach free from discrimination.

Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, and Transgender (LGBT) students need allies and advocates in their schools. This resource is designed to help educators identify practical ways to become allies who create safe spaces and promote policy changes that are welcoming and inclusive for all Idaho students.

This introduction to human rights identifies the thirty articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and describes how they evolved.  It recognizes how the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial and the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights mission statement support the concepts of human rights, human dignity and brotherhood.   

Located along the Greenbelt in downtown Boise, the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial opened in 2002 as an educational park designed to engage visitors to reflect, think and engage one another on human rights issues. Both the triumphs and tragedies of the human story are on display, but in every quote and every idea, we see the profound power of a single voice or bold action to overcome great odds and alter the course of history.

The Memorial includes a life-sized bronze statue of Anne Frank as she peers out an open window. The walls of the Memorial contain over 60 quotes from the world’s humanitarian leaders. Water features combine with serene landscaping to create a quiet and welcoming place for thought and inspiration. An expansion project is underway to add even more features to the park. Learn more about the expansion here.

The Memorial is the only Anne Frank Memorial in the United States and one of the few places in the world where the full Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is on permanent, public display.

Welcome to the Human Rights Leadership Program for students grades 8-12.  Designed and developed by the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights, this is password-protected program and is open only to registered schools and participants.  Using an online format, participants explore human rights while learning civic knowledge, practicing civic skills and fostering civic dispositions that build community.  The program start with one student working with others in his/her school, communicating with other school teams, and ends with a completed action project fostering a culture and climate of human rights and dignity in their school.   Each lesson uses resources developed by Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Conner's icivicsreadings from Clifton Taulbert's Eights Habits of the Heartand project instruction inspired by The World We Want Foundation.  "This program is about more than just teaching you about leadership and human rights; it puts you on the path to becoming a better citizen of our world" said a former program participant.