FLA Student Committee

Many college and university students want to live in a world where workers’ rights are protected, and workplaces are fair and safe. These students aim to make this a reality through their academic study, campus leadership, and extracurricular activities.  

FLA supports college students dedicated to human rights through a student committee that provides opportunities for real-world learning, professional development, and networking with peers, subject matter experts, and FLA staff.

The connections I made were amazing and I truly would not have been able to find so many professionals who have helped me on my journey to deciding what I want to do after I graduate.
FLA Student Committee participant (2021-22)

Professional development

Monthy seminars during the academic year offer students the opportunity to network with peers, learn from subject matter experts, and interact with professionals and academics in the fields of human rights and social responsibility.

Access to resources

Committee members gain access to FLA e-Learning modules, invitations to board and University Caucus meetings, and opportunities to attend other events. Students receive regular emails with resources and timely information.

Capstone project

Students choose to work on projects that allow them to apply learning, showcase leadership, and demonstrate scholarship in human rights and social responsibility and support FLA’s mission.

One example of a group project is the FLA Student Committee Journal. Students write articles on sustainability topics of interest to them.

I would recommend this experience to a friend or classmate. Being able to get my writing out to such a wide audience and talk to so many passionate professionals were irreplaceable experiences.
FLA Student Committee participant (2021-22)

Committee application process

Undergraduate or graduate students at FLA member colleges and universities in North America are eligible to apply for the FLA Student Committee.

Ideal candidates demonstrate a personal, professional, and/or academic interest in human rights, labor conditions, and social responsibility. Students should be able to commit five to seven hours per month during the academic year.

Information about the 2023–2024 application process will be available late summer 2023.

2022–2023 Student Committee Members

  • Naila Karamally, Brandeis University;
  • Irfan Asgani, Cornell University;
  • Matthew Burns, Michigan State University;
  • Emma Romano and Levi Whitney, University of Arizona;
  • Aria Penna, Haylee Scibek, and Amina Shakeel, University of Connecticut;
  • Ava Hawkes, University of Massachusetts;
  • Rena Lahn, Ruth Lynch, and Mackenzie Mock, University of Michigan;
  • Lucia Carbajal, University of Notre Dame;
  • Aditya Madupur, University of Pittsburgh;
  • Kaitlyn Schammel, University of Saint Thomas;
  • Zoe Kozlowski and Cait McKee, University of Utah;
  • Leticia Ferreira, University of Washington; and
  • Ketna Kolakaluri and Christophe Wassmer, Washington University in Saint Louis.