Student Staff

Our team of student staff support Pozen Center operations and events, internship program, and Human Rights Lab. 


Jahne Brown

Peer Leader

Jahne is a fourth year History major and a Peer Advisor at the Pozen Center. In her time at UChicago she has interned at the National Guest Worker Alliance, the Orleans Public Defenders Office, and the University Community Service Center. In addition to her role at the Pozen Center Jahne is also Student Body President of UChicago Student Government, and former chair and founder of The Emergency Fund.

Ellie Citron

Communications & Events Assistant

Ellie Citron is a second year in the College from Boston, Massachusetts. She is a History major and Human Rights minor. In addition to her work with the Pozen Center, she is involved with Debate It Forward and Hillel. Outside of the classroom, you can find her exploring museums in Chicago (among her favorites being the MCA and the Art Institute) and hanging out with friends at Ex Libris and Hallowed Grounds. She is so excited to support the amazing work the Pozen Center does on campus!

Moises Rodriguez Cruz

Peer Leader

Moises Rodriguez Cruz is a current fourth year in the College double majoring in Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies & Gender and Sexuality Studies, as well as minoring in Human Rights. His interests include Immigration, Queer Theory, and Latinx studies, in addition to analyzing the ways these topics intersect. In addition to being a full time student and Peer Leader for the Human Rights Internship Program, Moises currently works as a community organizer advocating for immigrant rights, as well as working towards the advancement of racial, educational, and LGBTQ+ justice.

Amy Doherty

Peer Leader

Amy Doherty is a second year master's student at the University of Chicago's School of Social Service Administration, where she is in the Global Social Development Practice program of study. In the summer of 2019, Amy was an intern with Saint Andrew's Refugee Services in Cairo, Egypt, where she worked in the psychosocial department of their unaccompanied children and youth program. Amy is currently the advocacy and development intern at RefugeeOne in Chicago. Prior to coming to SSA, she worked with refugees in various capacities for 10 years, and plans to continue working with refugees after graduation. Amy is proudly from Wisconsin, but prefers to spend as much time as possible traveling the world.

Ayomikun Idowu

Program Assistant, Human Rights Lab

A Chicago native, Ayomikun is a fourth in the College majoring in Public Policy and Geography. Her interests include immigration, urban studies, and African migration. In addition to her studies, Ayomikun currently serves as a senior advisor to the African Caribbean Students Association and a member of UChicago United. Ayomikun hopes to become a lawyer specializing in public law.

Jamie Koenig

Peer Leader

Jamie Koenig a second year master's student at the University of Chicago's School of Social Service Administration. In the College, she majored in economics and minored in human rights, graduating in June 2019. Jamie is interested in labor rights and how policy in that arena can have a wide impact on many other human rights. She is also currently the policy intern at the Chicago Jobs Council and a research assistant for a project looking at Seattle's Secure Scheduling Ordinance and Chicago's Fair Work Week.

Noelle Petrowski

Graduate Assistant, Human Rights Lab

Noelle Petrowski is a second year master's student at the University of Chicago's School of Social Service Administration studying to be a social worker. She is also a visual artist and is interested in the intersection between social justice, art, and activism. Originally from Portland, Oregon, she spent a few years in Canada before moving to Chicago.

Harini Shah

Program Assistant, Human Rights Lab

Harini Shah is a fourth year in the College majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in Human Rights. She’s interested in studying the impact of solitary confinement and detention on neurological and psychiatric disorders. On campus, Harini serves as a teaching assistant in the Biological Sciences department, works at a neurodegenerative diseases lab, and volunteers as a tutor at the UChicago Comer Children’s hospital. She is also very involved with South Asian Students Association and dances with UChicago Bhangra. She plans to attend medical school next year.

Angelica Velazquillo

Internship Coordinator

Angelica Velazquillo is a PhD candidate in the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. She is the Pozen Family Center for Human Rights Internship Coordinator. Her dissertation research focuses on how undocumented immigrants experience local sanctuary policies.