Sreenidi Bala


Sreenidi Bala, a junior at Farmington High School in Farmington, Connecticut, and the youngest intern on the state's Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO) has made substantial contributions to the commission's mission. She co-hosted a state symposium that engaged over 100 citizens in critical issues, such as the overturning of Roe v. Wade. Sreenidi founded Teen Talk, a blog dedicated to celebrating the contributions of underrepresented civil rights figures, which provided valuable resources for students to learn about law careers. She also connected underserved Connecticut schools to CHRO's free KidsCourt Academy legal pipeline program and delivered impactful speeches at CHRO’s Children's March and the Greater New Haven Juneteenth Coalition Celebration. Since September 2022, as co-president and Social Justice Council student representative of the Multicultural Student Union, Sreenidi has been instrumental in promoting initiatives such as Social Justice Week, Farmington Equity Symposiums and Read-Across America Week, advancing equity among the school's 500 students. Sreenidi and other members of Farmington High School's Social Justice Council have extended their efforts beyond their school, working with underserved schools across Connecticut and Rhode Island to mentor students and administrators on establishing social justice programs. Furthermore, Sreenidi has initiated educational activities to address her town's complex history with Native Americans, including organizing a presentation during her school's social justice week on land acknowledgment in Farmington. Sreenidi also co-presented at the EL Education National Conference, advocating for putting equity at the forefront of all educational practices to approximately 150 educators nationwide.