Summer Institute for High School and College Students

Summer Institute for High School and College Students

Children and Genocide

August 1-3, 2017

Mitchell Hamline School of Law, 875 Summit Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105

Recipient, Minnesota Ethical Leadership Award

2016 Participants with Holocaust survivor, Benno Black.

Students at the 2016 Institute with Holocaust survivor, Benno Black.

This annual three-day institute explores the connection between genocide and other human rights abuses. Learn leadership strategies to take local and global action to address these issues. Meet survivors and activists.

Children are always uniquely involved and affected by genocide.  They are some of the first victims of displacement, starvation, and abuse.  Children can be used to perpetrate genocide and influence international human rights law as the future of peace.

The 2017 Institute explores children’s experiences during the Holocaust, the genocide of the Native Americans, and the current crises in Syria and South Sudan. Students will participate in a mock trial, partake in a peace simulation, hear from survivors of conflict, learn skills to become human rights leaders, and more.

Student Requirements:

  • Be a registered high school or college student by August 2017.

    2016 Participants

    2016 Participants

  • Have at least a C+ average in core classes such as English and social studies.
  • Commit to attend all sessions, 10:00 a.m.—9:00 p.m.
  • NEW STUDENTS: Submit a 250-word statement telling us why you want to participate in the Institute.
  • RETURNING STUDENTS: Submit a 250-word statement sharing what you gained from last year’s Institute and why you wish to return this year.

Program Fee: $150

Includes all meals and snacks, t-shirt, World Without Genocide bag, a series of human rights-related books, and Summer Institute curriculum materials.

Needs-based scholarships are available. Contact for more information.

Location: Mitchell Hamline School of Law, 875 Summit Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105 (three blocks east of Lexington Avenue and about one-half mile south of I-94) If you are unable to arrange transportation, please contact

Questions? Contact or 651-695-7621.

Registration is now open. Apply by July 21, 2017.

Please mail application materials to World Without Genocide, 875 Summit Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105

Download the 2017 Application here.

Check out photos, press, and information about our past Summer Institutes by following the links on the right, visit us on Facebookor watch the collection of pictures below.

The Summer Institute is supported by Delta Kappa Gamma, Minneapolis University Rotary Club, and Mitchell Hamline School of Law.