Human Rights and Equity Programs

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Our office is open 8AM-4:30PM M-F. For your convenience, our office accepts walk-ins for intake from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m on MWF.

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.


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. 

Join the Commission

Thank you for your interest in the Fairfax County Student Human Rights Commission. Applications for the 2020-2021 school year are now being accepted. The deadline to submit your application is Wednesday, May 6, 2020. 


fair housing contest winners for 2020

The 2020 SHRC Fair Housing Art and Literary Contest  winners have been selected! This year's theme is 2020 Vision: Looking Towards a Brighter Future in Fair Housing.  A winner was selected in each of the two categories. The 2020 winners are:

Art Winner:  Benjamin Leese of South County High School

Literary Winner:  Hovsep Seferian of Robinson Secondary School

Both winning entries will receive a $300 prize and a framed copy of their submission. The Northern Virginia Association of Realtors® generously co-sponsored the prize money awarded. Congratulations Benjamin and Hovsep!

SHRC and OHREP wishes to thank all students who participated in the contest.


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