The World Dignity University (WDU) Initiative and the Western Institute for Social Research (WISR) is continuing to develop a partnership that will provide adult learners the opportunity to pursue the multidisciplinary study of topics related to human dignity and social change.
The WISR is a small, nontraditional, nonprofit university in Berkeley, California, founded in 1975 to offer innovative degree programs emphasizing social change, community involvement, and multiculturalism. WISR's interdisciplinary and personalized degree programs include Master's programs in Education, in Community Leadership and Justice, and a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) program. The WDU-WISR collaboration will allow students to pursue a WISR graduate degree, based largely on multidisciplinary readings, learning projects, and a thesis or dissertation on topics related to human dignity. Students will be working with faculty drawn from WISR's core faculty and from the WDU and HumanDHS communities to serve as adjunct WISR faculty for this purpose. Three current WISR graduate degree programs are eligible for this "Dignity Studies" specialization: M.S. in Community Leadership and Justice, M.S. in Education, Ed.D. in Higher Education and Social Change.
All students pursuing a Dignity Studies specialization would take a 5-credit course, "Dignity Studies," as part of their required courses. For more information, please contact John Bilorusky, Ph.D., at: