United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights

There has been many publications and declarations made that have outlined the rights and securities of all people. Though there are differences in all, all of them declare one similar idea: All people, no matter their race, gender, or nationality, have the right to life, inalienable freedoms, and security of themselves, their families, and their communities. One such document is the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Unlike such documents as the Declaration of Independence, which only affects United States citizens; this declaration seeks to give these rights and securities to all human beings alive in the world today.

And throughout the world organizations and universities have based their core values and goals around ideas similar to those found in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Saint Leo University, based out of Florida, is one such organization that shares many of the same values and goals that were outlined in the United Nations’ declaration. The University has six core values that they strongly follow and teach their students. They include excellence, community, respect, personal development, responsible stewardship, and integrity.

All of these values hold a very important key to success as a student, but the core value of Community helps students succeed as members of society as well as in school. Saint Leo’s core value of community states “We foster a spirit of belonging, unity, and interdependence based on mutual trust and respect to create socially responsible environments that challenge all of us to listen, to learn, to change, and to serve. ” This statement can be related to many of the ideas in the United Nations have for all people on earth.

For starters, Article 1 of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights states that all people are born of equal social status and freedom and that they should treat each other in the “spirit of brotherhood. ” This camaraderie is similar to Saint Leo’s views on community. When one thinks of brotherhood, they usually think of a sense of being a part of something bigger than yourself and a feeling of being able to rely on the other members of that brotherhood. Saint Leo strives to “foster a spirit of belonging, unity, and interdependence.

” By doing this, students will feel a stronger sense of community with the comfort of being able to go to any other student, teacher, or faculty for help or guidance. Both Saint Leo and the United Nations believe that people should work together to not only better themselves, but to better all of those around them as well. The more that people come together and share ideas and help one another, the stronger the community will be as a whole. And this idea of a strong community is something that everyone in the world can pursue.

Article 2 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights tells us that every single person has their rights to life and to liberty regardless of the color of their skin, religious background, national origin or any other factor that could be used to discriminate or take away such liberties. Saint Leo works hard to create a safe and socially diverse environment where people of all kinds can come and pursue and education. Anyone who proves to be a hardworking and educationally eligible member of society can become a student at one of Saint Leo’s many campuses across the US.

There are no social discriminations that deter or utterly prevent someone to become a student. This is ultimately the goal of the United Nations, only on a much larger and global scale. They hope to introduce the diverse and safe environment found at Saint Leo to all people in every nation across the world. Another statement the United Nations make is that everyone in the world has the right to an education. Saint Leo, being an educational university, share this goal.

As stated in their core value of community, they strive to challenge all of their students “to listen, to learn, to change, and to serve. ” The professors and instructors of Saint Leo are continuously working to provide and better higher education to its students. By developing new tools and offering aid to any who ask, the people of Saint Leo can expect to earn a degree in their respective fields and carry the knowledge they learned in class with them to all of their future careers, experiences, or endeavors.

They main goal of receiving an education is to not only get a good job to take care of yourself, but also to become a responsible and productive member of society. Saint Leo wants all of their graduates to go out into the world and serve their community as responsible members of society. The last few articles of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights explain how every member of society “has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community” and how they have the responsibility to serve their community to make it stronger.

Without every intruding on each other’s rights, everyone contributes to the welfare of the community and in turn, they will protect and care for the individual much as they have for every other member. Both Saint Leo University and the United Nations are after the same basic goal. To provide people with a safe community where they are able to learn and to work. By doing this they hope to promote a sense of “brotherhood” or “belonging. ” Members of the community will work together to grow stronger and take care of everyone involved, regardless of their race, gender, or personal background.