Dodd Impact

Call for Submissions for the 2022 Malka Penn Award for Human Rights in Children’s Literature

The prize is awarded annually by Dodd Human Rights Impact at the University of Connecticut and is presented to the author of an outstanding children’s or young adult book addressing human rights issues or themes such as discrimination, equity, poverty, justice, war, peace, slavery, or freedom.

President Biden Centers Human Rights in His Address at UConn

On Friday, we were honored to host the President of the United States Joe Biden at the University of Connecticut where he joined students, faculty, staff, supporters, the Dodd family, and leaders from across our state for the dedication of The Dodd Center for Human Rights.

President Joe Biden speaks during the dedication ceremony of The Dodd Center for Human Rights at the University of Connecticut main campus in Storrs on Oct. 15, 2021.

Watch President Biden’s Historic Visit to UConn and The Dodd Human Rights Center

An historic moment captured in its entirety

President Joe Biden speaks during the dedication ceremony of The Dodd Center for Human Rights at the University of Connecticut main campus in Storrs on Oct. 15, 2021.

Biden Visit Emphasizes Intersection of Human Rights Scholarship, Activism, and Policy Making

The President of the United States visited Storrs for the dedication of The Dodd Center for Human Rights

A Brief History of Presidential Visits to UConn

Joe Biden's visit will be just the second time a sitting president has come to Storrs

Former Senator Chris Dodd, with the bust of his father at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center on Sept. 24, 2021.

The Enduring Human Rights Legacy of Christopher Dodd

'Our humanity, in many ways, is defined by how we treat the most vulnerable, and not just elsewhere, but in our own country'

The exterior of the Dodd Center building.

President Joe Biden to Visit UConn for Dedication of Dodd Center for Human Rights

'We are deeply honored that President Biden is joining us as we dedicate ourselves to extending the Dodd family legacy'

Dodd Impact’s 2021 Malka Penn Award Honors This is My America

Lauded by critics for its crucial look at justice in the United States, This is My America by author Kim Johnson has been recognized as the 2021 recipient of the Malka Penn Award for Human Rights in Children's Literature, presented by Dodd Human Rights Impact at UConn.

headshot of Emily Kaufman

The Extremist Watchdog: Meet the Husky Who Tracks Online Hate

Prepared by a UConn human rights education to confront hatred and intolerance around the globe

A Virginia mansion burned by the British during the Revolutionary War provides the setting of Professor James Coltrain's "Blackhaven."

DMD Professor’s ‘Blackhaven’ Game Lets Players Unravel Mysteries of the Past

A historically-themed video game that explores themes of contemporary relevance