University of Iowa

Authored by Lauren Coffey

Zach Heffernen

UI senior earns award for human rights effort

Zach Heffernen stumbled into his passion. He was handed a book his freshman year at the University of Iowa focusing on human rights and was hooked from the start. “It started with my freshman year, the University of Iowa Center for Human Rights had a program called One Treaty, One Book,” he said. “Each incoming freshman received a book about child soldiers in Africa. I wanted to help … I went to Senegal last summer and got involved in other human-rights organizations. It all started with the center.”