2014-15 Human Rights Fellows

Michael Elhardt
Michael Elhardt '15

Shell Oil and Corporate Social Responsibility in Nigeria

Michael is a senior at CMC majoring in Science and Management. His interest in human rights and the empowerment of marginalized groups was first piqued while volunteering with the families of migrant farm workers near his home in western Washington. He has worked in Rwanda and the Philippines through CMC's sponsored internship program, and hopes to pursue a career in international development. When he is not doing research or schoolwork, Michael enjoys reading, backpacking, and hanging out with friends.


Brianna Masciel
Brianna Masciel '15

Building a Sustainable Peace Process: Lessons from Northern Ireland

Brianna is a senior at CMC majoring in International Relations, with a Human Rights, Genocide, and Holocaust Studies Sequence. With a passion for traveling and exploring, she became a Uoroboros fellow in the summer of 2013 and moved to Belfast, Northern Ireland for two months. It was there that she learned about the peace and reconciliation process and became interested in how to restore human rights after conflict. Brianna also worked in South Africa on unemployment programs for youth in the townships. She hopes to continue working abroad upon graduating and is pursuing a career in international development.


Ashraf Matkour
Ashraf Mathkour '15

Origins of the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict

Ashraf is a senior at CMC majoring in Economics and International Relations, with a Leadership Sequence. Born and raised in San Francisco, he has a passion for developing peace throughout the Middle East. Having visited several Middle Eastern countries and working and studying abroad in Jordan, he has an understanding of the culture and the power-struggle in the region. While in Jordan, he founded an English school at a refugee camp where over 80 refugees ages 4 to 18 enrolled in literacy courses providing them the necessary skills to improve their socio-economic status. Ashraf is also a Resident Assistant on campus and a captain on the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Track and Field team.


Cora Miller
Cora Miller '15

The Remembrance and Memorialization of the Holocaust in Post-Soviet Lithuania

Cora is a senior at CMC majoring in Religious Studies and Psychology, with a Human Rights, Genocide, and Holocaust Studies Sequence. She recently worked at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum as a summer intern sponsored by the Center for Human Rights. Her interest in human rights focuses on the Holocaust in Eastern Europe, specifically in Lithuania, based on a trip she made there to conduct field research in 2013. She expects to extend her research of Eastern Europe into graduate school in the future. Cora is also on the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Track and Field team where she runs hurdles.