Who We Are

The Reiff Center for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution at Christopher Newport University is dedicated to:

  • Raising awareness of the horrors of genocide, human rights violations, and conflict
  • Studying ways to overcome these by examining the international and national application of human rights, conflict resolution, and peace studies

A liberal arts institution, CNU supports interdisciplinary learning, cultural understanding, and student involvement. This takes place both inside and outside the classroom as we promote service, leadership, intellectual inquiry, and the exploration of social and civic values. To this end, the Reiff Center sponsors educational programs, curricular development, conferences, and public events, service and leadership opportunities, and research for faculty and students.

Named in honor of Dr. Theodore R. Reiff, a retired physician, medical educator, researcher, and founding president of the Genocide Education Project, the Center applies historical, political, social and international perspectives to its initiatives.