The Center provides an institutional framework to promote the work of faculty and its partners in the area of civil and human rights. Throughout the academic year, the Center offers a series of workshops and presentations where faculty from Gonzaga and other institutions share ideas and works-in-progress on topics related to the Center’s goals. In addition, the Center hosts an annual speaker series, bringing nationally recognized scholars for public forums regarding civil and human rights. The Center also provides development grants to support individual faculty research.

Each year, the Center also sponsors a conference on the pursuit of justice, attracting national and international audiences interested in civil and human rights, including scholars, judges, practitioners, and activists. This year, the Center will be co-sponsoring the 2nd annual Human Rights Symposium in Florence, Italy, in June 2018.

The Center also sponsors a Visiting Assistant Professor of Law (VAP) and a jurist-in-residence. The inaugural VAP will begin in August 2018, and will teach two courses, pursue a scholarly agenda, and assist the director with the development of the Center. The jurist-in-residence will offer a one-credit course on a topic related to the Center during a one- or two-week period. The judge will also discuss his or her work and counsel students about career paths on both a formal and informal basis. The first jurist-in-residence will be Washington Supreme Court Justice Steven C. González in April 2018.