Karen Lau is an honors political science and economics double major serving as the secretary of the UConn Human Rights Symposium. Her affinity for human rights stems from reading about the imprisonment of journalists by authoritarian governments and the rise in hate crimes caused by xenophobic rhetoric. Since then, she has been deeply engaged in activism. As the past president of the Norwich NAACP Youth Council, Karen organized town halls about police accountability, helped draft her district’s racial equity policy, and moderated panels with elected officials. Her advocacy was recognized by The Princeton Prize in Race Relations. Karen is passionate about learning ethnic studies and diversifying social studies curricula through policymaking. She is a Senator in the Undergraduate Student Government, a research assistant, an intern at Make Us Visible CT, and a member of the Special Program in Law.