New Fellowship Fosters Human Rights

2015 Lewis Fellows Lamija Grbic, Erica Sterling, and Mahamed Omar.
Kay Hinton

Three Emory students were selected to receive the John Lewis Fellowship, a new human rights-focused educational program launched in partnership with the Atlanta-based National Center for Civil and Human Rights (NCCHR) and international educational organization Humanity in Action (HIA).

The new fellowship—named for civil rights icon, US Representative John Lewis—brought an inaugural class of thirty international scholars to Atlanta for a four-week summer program exploring the history and contemporary politics of diversity and minority rights in the United States.

The Emory students named as 2015 John Lewis Fellows include:

  • Lamija Grbic 17C: Born in Germany after her parents emigrated from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Grbic is a double major in sociology and philosophy. 
  • Mahamed Omar 16C: Born in Kenya and raised in the US, Omar is majoring in political science with a minor in economics. 
  • Erica Sterling 15C: A recent alumna with a dual major in history and psychology, Sterling conducts research for the Georgia Civil Rights Cold Case Project.
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