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Idahoans can now become human rights certified

Posted at 7:42 PM, Jan 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-20 21:43:01-05

BOISE, Idaho — How's this for a resumé builder? For just $35 and six hours of your time, you can now become human rights-certified. It's an opportunity presented by the Home of the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial, and they're hoping company leaders will see its value -- and hire accordingly.

Idaho has had a spotty history with embracing diversity, what with thousands of Japanese Americans having been interned here during World War II, as well as the Aryan Nation presence at Hayden Lake in northern Idaho. Now, the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights hopes to inspire a welcoming mindset and create a new reputation for the state, as a place where human rights and dignity are at the heart of daily living.

"This certification will help us stop for a moment, and look at what we're doing... and then move forward appropriately and purposefully," said Sen. Cherie Buckner-Webb (D-Boise).

With their new human rights certification program (a certificate that all Idaho employees can work to achieve), the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights hopes to provide a way for Idahoans to acquire a deep understanding of the core values of diversity, inclusion, ethics, respect, and civility; to reflect about how those values impact work and personal life; and to decide what action can be taken -- one person at a time -- to bring those values to a workplace or community.

"Diversity and inclusion is a good idea, but it's not easy, and we believe that these platforms that are being put together -- so we can teach and break down the myths about diversity and inclusion -- will only help us go forward faster," said Don Melendez, Idaho Regional Banking President with Wells Fargo.

The program format is comprised of six online modules, a pre-test, and a post-test.Click here to learn how you can get your human rights certification.