AU Student Human Rights Collaboration Committee

About Us

The 2013 AU Student Human Rights Collaboration Committee (SHRCC) was a group of highly-qualified graduate and undergraduate student leaders who lead the human rights movement at American University. The SHRCC worked collaboratively across campus, working to integrate awareness of human rights into the activities of the seven schools at American University: College of Arts and Sciences, Kogod School of Business, School of International Service, School of Public Affairs, School of Professional & Extended Studies, School of Communications, as well as the Washington College of Law. SHRCC worked in close collaboration with the Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law.


Who We Are

Kaitlin McKenzie

Kaitlin graduated cum laude from The George Washington University with a B.S. in Public Health. While studying at George Washington, she was Chapter Leader of the Student Global AIDS Campaign and a member of Alpha Phi Omega. Kaitlin spent the summer of 2008 conducting a needs assessment on a rural health clinic in Butare, Rwanda. Kaitlin also studied abroad in Cairo, Egypt at the American University in Cairo in Fall 2008. She then went on to earn her Masters in Public Health from Emory University, with a concentration in Global Health. While completing her Masters, Kaitlin interned for two years at the Immigrant, Refugee, and Migrant Health Branch in the Division of Global Migration and Quarantine at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Kelsie Taggart

Kelsie Taggart is pursuing a Masters in Political Communication in the School of Communication. A recent graduate of Florida State University, she has earned a Bachelors of Science in both Economics and Political Science. During her undergraduate experience she worked as the Vice President of Amnesty International Chapter at FSU, President of FSU's United Students Against Sweatshops, and Cofounder of Progress Coalition. Progress Coalition is a student activist organization that strives to promote education equality and social justice. Throughout her undergraduate experience she has held the position of student organizer for Florida AFL-CIO and researcher at the Military Suicide Research Consortium.

Margaux Lander

Margaux Lander is an undergraduate Sophomore from Floyd, VA in the School of International Service and College of Arts & Sciences. She is pursuing a double major in International Relations and Religious Studies and is passionate about the role of religion in conflict and abuses of humanitarian law. Margaux is the deputy director for Amnesty International at AU and an active member of DPE Professional Foreign Service Sorority.

Tatehona Kelly

Originally from Cincinnati Ohio, Tatehona is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences, studying History with a minor in Public Administration and Policy. She plans on a combined B.A/M.P.A in Public Administration at AU. Tatehona has interned in the U.S House of Representatives, and last summer she was a Policy Intern for The Innocence Project in New York. She has a strong passion for social justice, and hopes to focus her career towards reforming the criminal justice system.

Taylor Moore

Moore is an undergraduate at the School of Public Affairs at AU.

Karen Flores Garcia

Karen Flores Garcia is a second-year graduate student at the American University’s School of International Service. She will obtain a Master’s degree from the Ethics, Peace, & Global Affairs program with a focus on human rights. Garcia was born and raised in Colorado where she also obtained her Bachelor’s from the University of Colorado, Boulder; majoring in International Affairs and Italian. She is a first-generation student with roots from Mexico. As such she is interested in a variety of issues concerning human rights, primarily human trafficking, migration, women’s issues, and child labor rights. She currently forms part of the leadership for the Society for Ethics, Peace, & Global Affairs which also promotes awareness in human rights and advocates for change in a range of issues, while maintaining ethical and philosophical perspectives in mind. During her free time, she enjoys reading and always attempting to further her knowledge on a variety of issues, as well painting and relaxing with movies.

Christa Elliot

Christa graduated from UMass Amherst in 2009 with a BA in Theater. Following college, she worked as an Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) tutor with three through six-year-old children on the autism spectrum before serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Eastern Caribbean. As a Peace Corps Volunteer, she established two primary school libraries and taught classes in both remedial reading and dance. Christa covers the European region for the Human Rights Brief and plans to pursue a career in human rights law.