Meet Our Team

  • Caitlin Cummings

    Senior Researcher

    Caitlin Cummings is a senior from suburban Chicago majoring in political science, with a minor in sociology and a concentration in public service. Caitlin is a member of the Prentiss M. Brown Honors Program, the Gerald R. Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and Service, and the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority where she recently served as the first Vice President Diversity Equity and Inclusion for the Pi Chapter. Caitlin enjoys music and plans to attend law school after graduation. 

    Caitlin’s work in the Human Rights lab has included developing a toolkit for college students curious about human rights advocacy and designing an inclusive curriculum for Albion College’s Tour Guide Program. Caitlin’s goal is to help people gain confidence in speaking in defense of human rights issues. She says, “Human rights apply to everyone in every society and its important people are aware of human rights issues in order to stand up for justice.” 

  • Niyati Kellenberg Callewaert

    Senior Researcher

    Niyati Kellenberg Callewaert is a senior, public policy major and member of the Gerald R. Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and Service. She serves in a public relations leadership position with Albion’s chapter of the American Association of University Women. Niyati is a member of the both the college chapter of the NAACP as well as the Albion branch of the NAACP. During her free-time she loves to read and create art. She plans to attend graduate school for public policy and get a job that focuses on human rights policy. Niyati’s projects have linked the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights with NGO and community work serving low-income and under-resourced communities. Niyati says “there are basic needs and rights that everyone should be but isn’t attainable for many.”  When asked why others should are about human rights, she replied, “Others should care about human rights because they are built on a foundation of dignity, equality, respect, and autonomy. And even if you aren’t personally affected by the lack of these basic human rights, millions of others are and they might be in your own community.” 

  • James Scarborough

    Senior Researcher

    James Scarborough is a sophomore and political science major, history minor with a concentration in secondary education. Originally from Lansing, Michigan but based out of Detroit for as long as he can remember, James’ dream in life is to become a civil rights attorney. He wants to give back to marginalized communities through his legal career, activism, and nonprofit board participation. He says, “My pops has always told me don´t talk about it, be about, and I work to embody that mantra daily.” James is passionate about law, advocacy and human rights. He joined the Human Rights Lab for the chance to offer support to activists. 

    According to James, “When you’re a minority in America, you do not get the privilege of not knowing your rights – it can be the difference between life and death. Committing to social justice, advocacy, and researching law means giving a whole country dedicated to violating your rights one hell of a hard time. You should care about human rights because they impact everyone on this planet. They are the invisible shield between citizens like yourself and completely unsupervised government intervention. Are they perfectly protected? No, but they are meant to embody fairness, justice, and equity and we can never stop striving for those values. The more you know, the more tools you have to protect yourself and everyone else you share this world with.” 

  • Kara Anderson

    Researcher

    Kara Anderson was born, and lives, in Lansing, Michigan and graduated from Dewitt High School in 2021. She is a first-year student at Albion College and plans to major in political science with a minor in English and a concentration in law, justice, and society. At Albion, Kara is a part of the Prentiss M. Brown Honors Program, the Gerald R. Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and Service, Albion Student Senate, the Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity, Concert Choir, and Chapel Brits. She is very passionate about human rights and plans to practice law to protect them. When asked about why she joined the Human Rights Lab Kara replied, “I knew joining the lab would allow me to grow my human rights knowledge, share that knowledge with others, and contribute to making a difference in this vast and diverse world.”

  • Noah Flint

    Researcher

    Noah Flint is a junior public policy major and Spanish minor at Albion College. He is a member of the Gerald R. Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and Service and the Prentiss M. Brown Honors Program. Noah is a member of Albion’s Cross Country and Track & Field teams, as well as the Students for Reproductive Justice and the History Club. Following his graduation, Noah intends to pursue a career in urban planning. When asked why he cares about human rights, Noah answered, “I care about human rights as I believe that they are the best way of ensuring people’s dignity and wellbeing. I believe people should be able to actualize their potential and they cannot do that without having their human rights fulfilled.” 

  • Orion Hower

    Researcher

    Orion Hower is a sophomore at Albion College majoring in theatre and minoring in political science. They are a member of Alpha Psi Omega, and an actor in the Theatre Department. When not doing work for the Human Rights Lab, Orion works in the theatre department’s costume shop. They were born and raised in Columbus, Ohio where they have organized and attended protests about issues such as gun control and police brutality. Orion says, “I was raised and taught that equity is a crucial step we must take to reach a better world. Human rights are the first step we must take to get to that better world. I have seen and experienced breaches of human rights and I know how it feels to be treated as less than.”

  • Sheridan Leinbach

    Researcher

    Sheridan Leinbach is originally from Lansing Michigan and is currently a sophomore at Albion College studying political science and history with a concentration in public policy and service. Outside of classes, Sheridan is active in several organizations including, Albion College Student Senate, College Democrats, Phi Alpha Delta, and Kappa Delta. Outside of the Human Rights Lab, she also works for the Institutional Advancement office and the Admissions program as a tour guide. “I joined the Human Rights Lab because I know everyone has inalienable human rights and believe that they should be equally respected, promoted, and protected,” says Sheridan. “I’m passionate about teaching others about their human rights and the responsibility their governments have to protect and uphold them. I’m also passionate about educating the global community on the human right violations that occur daily around the world and the idea of expanding human rights to encompass and protect more parts of our life.” 

  • Marco Antonio Colmenares Jr.

    Advisor

    Marco Colmenares is from San Francisco, California. He received his BA in Political Science from Albion College in 2020 and is a full-time student at Indiana University’s McKinney School of Law. Colmenares has a personal interest in civil rights law. He is co-author with Carrie Walling, Morgan Armstrong, and Caitlin Cummings of “The Human Rights Advocacy Toolkit.”