LSA undergraduate student Safia Sayed has been awarded the inaugural DHRC/PICS/Perseus Strategies International Human Rights Fellowship. She will hold a research and service internship at Perseus Strategies in Washington, D.C. The goal of the fellowship is to support an accomplished and exceptional LSA student with demonstrated interest, and intention to pursue a career, in human rights.

The Donia Human Rights Center (DHRC) and the Program in International and Comparative Studies (PICS), in collaboration with Perseus Strategies and its managing director, international human rights lawyer Jared Genser, established this undergraduate fellowship focused on international human rights.

Safia Sayed is a junior studying economics with a minor in gender, race, and nation. She is passionate about human rights advocacy, especially with regards to women and girls. To that end, she has contributed to research on the legislation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, and she currently serves as co-chair of the Women’s Issues Committee with the College Democrats at the University of Michigan. In addition, Safia has worked and volunteered with numerous political campaigns at the local, state, and national level. She hopes to pursue a career in law or public policy, with an emphasis on human rights advocacy. In her free time, she enjoys reading, making music, and exploring restaurants and coffee shops in Ann Arbor.