Student Advisory Board

The Center's Student Advisory Board (SAB) is a group of highly qualified, creative students committed to human rights advocacy. The SAB provides students interested in and committed to human rights the opportunity to participate in the planning and implementation of Center programming, to learn tangible skills beyond the classroom for effective advocacy and activism, and to attend special SAB-only events and receptions.

Apply to join the 2020-2021 Student Advisory Board!

SAB members meet weekly with Center leadership and participate in skills development seminars that focus on topics like grant proposal writing, public speaking, social media, and more. The Board is a year-long February 2020 to February 2021 commitment that continues throughout the spring, summer and fall semesters.

Applications are due by 11:59 PM EST on Friday, January 24, 2020Click here to download the application.  Applications and resumes should be emailed to Center program coordinator, Stacy Fagan at with the subject “Student Advisory Board.” Applications and resumes may also be submitted in-person in C205H, Capital Hall.  All applicants will be interviewed, and interviews will take place on January 29-31, 2020. Please visit the following website at your earliest convenience to sign up for an interview timeslot: The interview times are first-come, first-serve and anonymous.

All JD and LLM students are welcome to apply!

Meet the 2019-2020 Student Advisory Board


Yara Calcaño is a 2L at American University Washington College of Law.  She graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in Cultural Anthropology and minors in Latin American Studies and Psychology. Prior to WCL, she worked as a Legal Assistant for Latin America and Africa at the Center for Reproductive Rights where she assisted in the global program's international litigation and advocacy.  She currently serves as the IACHR Editor on the Human Rights Brief, the Director of Social Advocacy for the Black Law Students Association, and a 2L Senator for the Student Bar Association.

Corrin Chow is a 2L at American University Washington College of Law.  She graduated from the Macaulay Honors College program at CUNY City College where she double majored in International Relations & Political Science. She served twice in Mpumalanga, South Africa as a volunteer advocate for Hands at Work in Africa, a non-profit supporting community-based organizations among the most vulnerable. Prior to law school, she interned with the Collin County District Attorney’s Office.

Elena Gartner is a 2L at American University Washington College of Law. Elena holds a B.A. in Anthropology and Spanish from Grinnell College. Prior to WCL, she was a Princeton in Asia Fellow in Laos and then worked at EarthRights International in Thailand. There, she worked with grassroots activists on issues of development and environmental justice. She currently serves on the junior staff of the Human Rights Brief and Sustainable Development Law and Policy Brief.

Stephanie Herrmann is a 2L at American University Washington College of Law. She holds a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania and an MSc in International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies from the London School of Economics (LSE). Prior to WCL, Stephanie served as the Inaugural Research Fellow at the Perry World House and as a Graduate Humanitarian Consultant at LSE. Stephanie currently serves as a member of both the Moot Court Honor Society and the Kovler Project Against Torture.

Kate Morrow is a 2L at American University Washington College of Law.  Prior to WCL, she was a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Indonesia, where she taught English in a vocational secondary school. As a law student, Kate is primarily interested in issues surrounding forced migration and how the law creates (and tears apart) notions of identity through borders, nationalities, and citizenship. After law school, she is interested in advocating for the rights of displaced persons and peoples, whether that be in domestic immigration practice or internationally through human rights law.


Meet Our Former SAB Members