Human Rights and Equity Programs

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Our office is open 8AM-4:30PM. Telephone or videoconference intake appointments are strongly encouraged. For your convenience, our office accepts walk-ins for intake from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

TTY 711

12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 318
Fairfax, VA 22035

Kenneth Saunders,

Student Human Rights Commission

Student Human Rights Commission LogoWho we are?

The Fairfax County Student Human Rights Commission is the region's first commission comprised entirely of high school students with the mission of:

  • Promoting dialogues on diversity among youth;
  • Fostering a greater understanding and appreciation of differences;
  • Creating exposure to human and civil rights laws, such as the Fairfax County Human Rights Ordinance and Fair Housing Act; and
  • Encouraging leadership and active participation in government.

The Fairfax County Office of Human Rights & Equity Programs in partnership with Fairfax County Public Schools launched the Student Human Rights Commission (SHRC) program during the 2009 - 2010 school year, and the program continues to grow year after year.  Each school year, the SHRC hosts events, plans activities, and facilitates campaigns in support of its mission.

2022 SHRC Art and Literary Contest

2022 SHRC Art and Literary Contest Rules


The Student Human Rights Commission typically meets twice a month (Tuesdays), from 4:30-6:00pm, in the Office of Human Rights & Equity Programs, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 318, Fairfax, VA, 22035. 

Group of SHRC Commissioners


Join the Commission

Thank you for your interest in the Fairfax County Student Human Rights Commission. Applications for the 2021-2022 school year are now being accepted. The deadline to submit your application is Monday, May 10, 2021. 

SHRC Launches Mental Health Resource Website

The Fairfax County Student Humans Right Commission is proud to announce the launch of a mental health resource website for Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) students.

SHRC to Host Virtual Panel Discussion on Policing in Schools

The Fairfax County Student Humans Rights Commission will host “Let’s Talk: featuring the Fairfax Police Force” on Monday, May 17th.

2021 Art & Writing Contest Winners

The 2021 SHRC Fair Housing Art and Literary Contest  winners have been selected! This year's theme is Home Knows No Distance. 

SHRC Recommended Reads 2021

Recommended reading list for Read Across America 2021


SHRC Speaker Series: Education Panel

fcps panel

On November 24, 2020, the Fairfax County Student Human Rights Commission held an Education Panel with several distinct educators to address the concerns and questions regarding our system of education. The speakers included Dr. Phyllis Pajardo, Superintendent of the City of Fairfax Schools, Dr. Brabrand, the Superintendent of Fairfax County Public Schools, and Abrar Omeish and Rachna Sizemore Heizer, who both serve as At-Large Board Members on the Fairfax County Schools Board.

Some of the questions asked by the Student Human Rights Commission to the educators were about the type of people being consulted to increase equity in education and how they are listening to those impacted by inequity and seeking their input. The Commissioners asked about how the educators plan to implement inclusivity training and anti-racist curriculum among all FCPS teachers, how FCPS is ensuring staff members respect the identity of all students, and what their next steps towards creating a more ethnically diverse county look like. The SHRC also inquired about what resources are available for students of color and low-income students in FCPS and what steps the panelists are taking to reduce disparities in discipline. Other topics discussed were about how FCPS will better support elementary students virtually who have two working parents, what steps FCPS is taking to ensure the protection of all students as well as what is being done to close the school to prison pipeline.

Author: Yasmeen Galle, SHRC Historian

SHRC Speaker Series: Mental Health Panel

mental health panel

On November 10, 2020, the Fairfax County Student Human Rights Commission held a Mental Health Panel with several mental health professionals to address relevant topics and to answer questions regarding mental health. The speakers were Daniel Gillison, the CEO of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Paul Gionfriddo, the President and CEO of Mental Health America (MHA), and Dr. Virginia Lindahl, a licensed clinical psychologist in Alexandria, Virginia who specializes in psychological testing and psychotherapy.

Some of the topics discussed included the state and local level’s support in students’ mental health, various mental health issues pertaining to Northern Virginia, and how we can help support the mental health of marginalized community members. Other questions answered by the panelists were related to the effect of discrimination on our mental health, methods to get mental health breaks, how the use of social media has increased the number of students experiencing mental health issues, and how students who have family members that suffer from a mental health disorder can assist them during their episodes.

Author: Yasmeen Galle, SHRC Historian



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