Human Rights and Equity Programs

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Our office is open 8AM-4:30PM M-F

TTY 711

12000 Government Center Parkway Ste 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.

Fairfax County Student Human Rights Commission Bylaws

Join the Commission

Apply Now!  2017 - 2018 Fairfax County Student Human Rights Commission


The 2017 SHRC Fair Housing Art and Literary Contest  winners have been selected!  This year's theme is Fair Housing: Building a Community Block by Block.  A winner was selected in each of the two categories and were presented at the Fairfax County Office of Human Rights and Equity Programs Annual Fair Housing Month Luncheon on April 27, 2017.  The 2017 winners are:

Art Winner:  Sarah Kim of WT Woodson High School

Literary Winner:  Shaan Chudasama, Chantilly High School

Both winning entries received a $300 prize and a framed copy of their submission.  Framed copies of each piece were also provided to the Luncheon's keynote speaker. The Northern Virginia Association of Realtors® generously co-sponsored the prize money awarded.  Congratulations Sarah and Shaan!

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

SHRC Commissioner Lauren Bidwell completes her Racism in the Movies Girl Scout Gold Award Project.  Visit the website to read all about the project and find out how you can create a Movie Night at your school.