Teaching & Students

Human rights grad Lily Foulkes wins Robert M. Golden Medal

Stanford human rights graduate Lily Foulkes '20 recently won the Robert M. Golden Medal for Excellence in the Humanities and the Creative Arts.

Lily graduated from Stanford this year with a bachelors degree in History and a minor in Human Rights, writing her human rights captone research paper, "Investigation of Trump's Immigration Policies, Specifically the Targeting of Asylum Officers," under advisement by Center faculty fellow Beth Van Schaack. In 2018, she received the Center's summer human rights fellowship, through which she interned at Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project in Los Angeles, holding meetings with unrepresented immigrants in removal proceedings and conducting interviews to assist staff attorneys in assessing legal relief, among other tasks. She also participated in the Center's Human Rights Careers Intensive and a service learning trip to a migrant detention center in Dilley, Texas through the HUMRTS/SPANLANG 108 course. She is profiled on our Facebook page here.

The Robert M. Golden Medal for Excellence in the Humanities and the Creative Arts is awarded to the top ten percent of all honors theses in the humanities, as well as to designated senior projects or performances in the arts. The medalists each received an engraved bronze medal, citation and a monetary award.

"We're delighted that Lily has been recognized for her outstanding academic work," said Center for Human Rights and International Justice staff. "Lily has been a core member of our human rights student community, and this award is a fitting send-off for such a talented individual. We wish her the best after Stanford."