2015 Participants

Prerna Abbi

After earning her BA from Syracuse University, Prerna served as an AmeriCorps member with Habitat for Humanity, organizing faith communities and students around affordable housing. Now Prerna works at Interfaith Youth Core, supporting the organization's alumni in their personal and professional work to grow interfaith cooperation. She spends her free time listening to nerdy podcasts, trying her hand at the recipes she’s pinned, and getting excited about intersectionality, feminism, and LGBTQ issues. As a Secular Hindu, Prerna is driven to make space for all identities and hopes to lift the voices of those who don’t fit neatly into check boxes.

Fayise Abrahim

Fayise, or "she heals" in the Oromo language asks what it means to build solidarity in conflict generated diaspora. Coming from a refugee family from the Horn of Africa, Fayise utilizes poetry, spirituality, and facilitates community murals/art to process the collective traumas of violent displacement and resettlement for political mobilization in refugee and migrant communities. Fayise graduated from Amherst College with concentration in Sociology, Political Economy, Enviornmental Sociology, Ethnic Studies, and speaks on "Border Genders and Resistance".

Maha Akhtar

Maha is a student at the Hunter College School of Social Work, studying Community Organizing, Planning and Development. Previously, Maha was the Youth Leader of Turning Point for Women and Families, where she managed the youth program dedicated to young Muslim women. Maha completed her B.S. from the Macaulay Honors College at Queens College in June 2011 majoring in Graphic Design and Political Science. As secretary of the Muslim Students Association at Queens College, Maha organized interfaith and social justice events and efforts to engage both the non-Muslim and Muslim community in NYC. Born and raised in New York, Maha is fluent in Urdu/Hindi and conversational in Spanish and Arabic.

Alison Amyx

As the senior editor of Believe Out Loud, Alison Amyx is a communications professional who specializes in fostering healthy and authentic dialogue on contentious topics. Alison serves on the board of the Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America, and she is a graduate of Mercer University and Emory University’s Candler School of Theology, where she received a Master of Theological Studies. She has also worked with Georgia Interfaith Power & Light, the Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists, and the Beatitudes Society. Originally from northwest Georgia, Alison is proud to identify as both a Baptist and a Southern queer femme.

Ethan Aumann

Hi, I'm Ethan from Denver, Colorado. In my day job, I work as an Environmental Scientist with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), focusing on climate change issues. I have worked in similar roles in federal and state government, private consulting, and a research university. I’m passionate about climate change and the conservation of natural resources. I strive to align these personal values with my actions and behaviors. I enjoy biking and hiking, recycling, and serving my community in volunteer and leadership positions.

Jennifer Bailey

Named one of 15 Faith Leaders to Watch in 2015 by the Center for American Progress, Rev. Jennifer Bailey is an ordained minister, community organizer, and emerging Millennial leader in multi-faith movement for justice. She is a Founder of the Faith Matters Network a new interfaith community equipping leaders in the American South with tools to challenge economic injustice in local communities through story and action.  Rev. Jen is currently a Nathan Cummings Foundation Fellow, an elite cohort of innovative leaders combatting issues of economic and social inequality with outside-the-box thinking. She is an ordained itinerant elder in the African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church.

Shira Barlas

Shira graduated from Occidental College this spring with a focus in Buddhism and Critical Theory.  A Buddhist herself, Shira has traveled around Asia living in monasteries in India, Nepal, and China studying under meditation masters and exploring a monastic life style.  Shira’s passion for social justice stems from her faith and she is committed in taking her meditation practice off the cushion and into the world.  Shira is still trying to figure out what profession she will explore, but for now she is teaching yoga and meditation in Los Angeles. Shira also works for Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society as the Head of Social Action, her main project is called Insight on the Inside, a pen-pal program between Buddhist practitioners and prisoners.

Brencia Berry

Brencia Berry is a Master’s student at the University of Texas LBJ School of Public Affairs. Her research focuses on policy issues concerning reentry and employment.  At the LBJ School, she serves as the Co-Chair of the Public Affairs Alliance for Communities of Color and is part of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee.  She works for the City of Austin in the Governmental Relations Department, where she helps with legislative initiatives concerning the city. Brencia is passionate about social justice issues concerning mass incarceration, education, and economic mobility. She is a member of New Creation Christian Fellowship and serves with Claudette Copeland Ministries.  Her ultimate goal is to invest in people and build leaders by serving and giving.  In all that she does she hopes to show her love for God and the people around her.

Emilie Bouvier

Emilie Bouvier is a community organizer who hails from St. Paul, Minnesota. She works as a Social Justice Field Organizer at the Minnesota Public Interest Research Group (MPIRG) and as the Eco-Faith Network’s Congregational Organizer with the Minneapolis Area Synod (ELCA). A recent MA graduate of Luther Seminary, she has a love for theological reflection and brings a spiritual perspective to her work. It is at the intersection of faith communities, eco-justice, theology, and activism that she finds herself most deeply rooted. Emilie is also an artist, working in alternative process photography and ceramics.

Mycal Brickhouse

I am a preacher, activist, and advocate for social and economic justice. I am dedicated to spreading the gospel of Jesus in a manner that encourages all to honor God, creation, and humanity’s diversity.   Born and raised in a “village“ family,  I am a native of Fayetteville, North Carolina. I'm a 2012 graduate of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where I received a Bachelors of Arts degree in Political Science, a Bachelors of Arts degree in African American Studies, and earned a minor in Social and Economic Justice. Currently, I'm in my final year of obtaining a Master of Divinity at Duke Divinity School.

Christina Brown

Christina D. Brown is a twenty something activist who hails from Columbus, Ohio where she was raised by her mother Debra, alongside her two older brothers Christopher and Kenny. Brown utilizes advocacy, board service, and community education as platforms to advance racial justice.  Brown subscribes to the words of Tupac Shakur, “I'm not saying I'm gonna change the world, but I guarantee that I will spark the brain that will .” and ultimately aspires to equip fellow millennials with tools to build equity for all. Brown is a 2010 graduate of the University of Cincinnati and currently resides in Cincinnati,OH.

Rachel Buckner

Rachel Buckner is a recent graduate of Occidental College in Los Angeles, CA. As a student at Occidental, they studied Politics with a focus on race, gender, and transgender relations. Outside of academics, Rachel worked as a Programming Assistant for the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life. There, they focused on interfaith relations in addition to tying religious equity work to other systems of oppression, such as LGBT discrimination and racial inequalities. Rachel practices walking and sitting meditations in their free time and seeks to live a discerning and mindful life!

Tristan Burke

I am 30-years-old. I identify as a female and I am gay. I have been with my fiancé for nearly four years. We have two dogs (Lincoln and Nash) and one cat (Rajah). I am currently attending college to complete my BA in Sociology and will continue on to get my MS in Elementary Education. I am a musician and enjoy songwriting when I can, though college homework has consumed my life for the last 2 years. I consider myself a social activist and do not tolerate injustice. I am not colorblind, but rather I embrace the beauty of a colorful and diverse society. I am part Native American and feel very connected my heritage. I constantly seek ways to improve myself and want to help my fellow humans in any way that I can.

John Cape

John Cape is a senior program officer in the experiential education department at AJWS where he is responsible for developing curriculum and managing facilitators for AJWS’s Global Justice Fellowship. Prior to joining AJWS, John coordinated a fellowship program at the Museum of Jewish Heritage. He has taught English in Costa Rica through WorldTeach, served as a counselor with Seeds of Peace and spent time as an Outward Bound wilderness instructor. John is currently chairperson of the board of Theatre of the Oppressed NYC, a social justice arts organization. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in government and religious studies from Cornell University.

Chi Nga Pinky Chan

I am a native New Yorker who is passionate about ending social injustices.  The work that I have achieved the most is with fundraising against sex trafficking.  I am a music lover and a graduate from a performing arts high school as well as SUNY Stony Brook as a Public Health Bachelor's. I enjoy getting to know people's stories and encouraging them to be the best they could be.

Joshua Crutchfield

Joshua Crutchfield is a graduate student at Middle Tennessee State University finishing up his Masters in History. His research is centered at the intersection of black power and the black church. Joshua is the co-founder of #BlkTwitterstorians, a twitter chat and community for black historians. Joshua is a founding member of Black Lives Matter Nashville.

Bianca Davis

Bianca Davis affectionately known as “Rev. B.” serves as the Pastor for Youth and Young Adults (18-39) at God Can Ministries United Church of Christ. In addition to her pastoral ministry, Bianca is the Co-Founder of Progressive Millennials for Action and employed with the Cook County Health & Hospital Systems as a Community Outreach Specialist for at-risk communities and clients diagnosed with HIV/AIDS.  She earned a Bachelor of Science in Speech from Jackson State University, a Master of Arts Management degree with a focus in Nonprofit Management from Columbia College Chicago, & a Master of Divinity from Chicago Theological Seminary.

Tim DeChristopher

Tim DeChristopher is an independent climate justice activist and currently a student at Harvard Divinity School.  Tim garnered national attention for his 2008 act of civil disobedience in which he outbid the oil and gas industry to block the auction of mineral leases on public lands near Arches and Canyonlands National Parks in Utah.  In the wake of that action he founded the climate justice organization Peaceful Uprising and became an outspoken advocate for moving the climate movement toward a more confrontational and holistic strategy.  After an extended legal case, Tim was convicted of two federal felonies for his civil disobedience and served nearly two years in prison. Tim’s story was featured in the award winning documentary Bidder 70.

Johnathan Fields

Johnathan Fields is an Italian-American queer writer whose work explores identity, resiliency and wellness with the goal of unlocking our collective potential. He's also an entrepreneur, advocate and founder of JohnnyGolightly.com    Born and raised in Chicago, he graduated from DePaul University with a dual degree in Philosophy and African & Black Diaspora Studies. He currently works in New York City as the Operations Director to author and MSNBC host, Janet Mock and sits on the Young Professionals Advisory Board for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).    His writing has been featured in Huffington Post, Windy City Times, Racialicious, The Good Men Project, and In Our Words. He's a student of ferocity and love as well as a recovering cynic. When he isn't theorizing the world, you'll find him working on a memoir, roaming the streets of NYC or waiting for the next Beyoncé album to drop.

Willie Francois III

Willie Dwayne Francois III currently serves the Associate Pastor at First Corinthian Baptist Church in Harlem, New York. He is a 2009 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Morehouse College with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Religion, named the ranking scholar in both departments. Francois received a Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School, where he was awarded the Hopkins Shareholders Award. He holds an adjunct position in the African American Studies program at the University of Houston. He was named a 2014-2015 Beatitudes Society Fellow, focusing on congregational responses to Mass Incarceration and empowering returning citizens. Francois’ pastoral activism is organized around economic justice and criminal justice reform.

Frank Fredericks

Frank Fredericks is the founder of World Faith, a global movement of interfaith youth tackling global poverty, and Mean Communications, a digital strategy firm for social good.  After working in the music industry, managing artists such as Lady Gaga, Frank founded World Faith in 2006. He has been recognized as a Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum, and is a Fellow Alumnus of IFYC, Soliya, AMENDS at Stanford, Ariane de Rothschild, and YouthActionNet.

Jeannie Garcia

Born and raised in Los Angeles, I was able to experiment both the wealthy side of the city and poverty. Always concerned with the vast inequalities I set myself on a road to educate myself on the reasons why people live in unjust conditions. Higher education became a priority to me, because I must educate myself in order to help others. After finishing my degree, I worked in the board of education for the Los Angeles Unified School District, and as a research assistant for a nutrition study. Both policy driven jobs, became a place where all my passions united.

Lorenzo Gibson

I have lived in Camden, NJ my entire life. My familial ties to Camden are several generations old; four generations of my mother's family lived together in a single row home not far from the one she and I currently live in. It is with this unshakable sense of place that I operate in the world, and I constantly seek out ways to bring the experiences I have away from home back to the people who are here. I am committed to the people of Camden, NJ and to making it a better place for us all to live.

Stephen Goeman 

Stephen Goeman is a Master of Divinity candidate at Yale Divinity School. He is a leader of Open Party, a student collaborative for Humanist, Atheist, Agnostic,   non-Christian, and non-traditional students at YDS focused on opening up multi-faith cooperation and dialogue opportunities for non-religious students. He also serves on the Yale Humanist Community's Board of Directors.

Miriam Gray

I am a hopeful educator and community activist.  I serve at Lanier High School's Freshmen Academy in Jackson, MS. Working with people who share my interest in activism, planning community awareness events, and hearing good music bring me great joy! Self-determination, protecting human rights for all, and challenging unjust policies are important to me.

Ryan Herring

Ryan Herring is a writer, activist, and founder and editor-in-chief of TheGhettoMonk. He is the co-founder of two:fifth, a radical faith movement that seeks to transform our relationships with one another for the sake of building community and ensuring justice. Ryan is a native of Baltimore, Md. He earned his bachelor’s degree in religious studies from Oakland City University in Oakland City, Ind. He is the author of the eBook Digital Musings: Reflections Inspired by Tweets.

Chimere Holmes

Chimere G. Holmes is a recent graduate of the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education (Philadelphia, Pa) where she obtained her second Master's degree in School & Mental Health Counseling. In 2013, Chimere graduated from Villanova University (Villanova, Pa) with a Master's degree in Theology and Pastoral Ministry. During her tenure at Villanova, Chimere served as a Campus Minister specializing in pastoral care, prison ministry, ecumenical dialogue and interfaith retreats. She also facilitated service trips to Kingston, Jamaica; San Salvador, El Salvador; and Antigua, Guatemala. As a current pastoral intern and ordination candidate at Cornerstone Christian Fellowship Church (West Chester, Pa), Chimere hopes to marry her two loves of ministry and psychology to help people come to Christ and become mentally healthy in order to live their best lives. She plans to devote the next few years to travel, ministry, and beginning her private practice before pursuing her PhD.

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Joseph Lopez

Joey Lopez is passionate about social justice and intersectional advocacy. Joey has worked with people across North Carolina, Chicago, and Detroit, organizing and empowering them to be a visible presence of justice in the world. Joey began as an organizer through the work of Reconciling Ministries Network, an advocacy group advocating for the full inclusion of LGBTQ people within The United Methodist Church (UMC), and Methodist Federation for Social Action (MFSA). Joey is working closely with the Love Your Neighbor Coalition, an effort of various groups dedicated to advocating for a more progressive and just UMC. Currently, Joey is the Community Organizer at the Campaign for Southern Equality through the Tzedek Social Justice Residency.  In his role, he helped to coordinate the 2015 LGBT* in the South conference, managed a Letter to the Editor campaign and worked closely with Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara, Executive Director, implementing the Southern Equality Fund. 

Lupita Martinez

My name is Lupita Martinez I am 24 years old a student at NMSU. I am seeking a degree in Social Work or related health care. I have earned an associate in General Studies and would like to pursue a bachelors degree. I have served my community on various community projects to include a mass transit to the East Mesa here in Las Cruces, NM. I am actively involved in the First Babtize church here in Las Cruces and i serve as a sunday school teacher for children 6 to 11 year old. I am currentlty working at Coordinated Home Health care as a caregiver. I love caring for people and enjoy interacting with senior citizens.

Terence Mayo

I am a 2nd Year MDiv candidate at the Howard University School of Divinity focusing on the intersection of Faith and Public Policy. I currently serve as the Executive Pastor in a local DC congregation, SGA President, and Intern in the Office of Religious Affairs for the Mayor of DC.

Olivia Muñoz

Olivia Muñoz is a creative, interdisciplinary student affairs professional. She has more than six years of experience in student housing, and currently works as a Residence Director at the University of San Francisco. Her collaborations include work in social justice education, student activism, working with first generation college students, and campus art collaborations. Olivia has also presented nationally on the use of testimonio as an educational research methodology. She just completed her third year of the International and Multicultural Education doctorate program at the University of San Francisco.

Sanaa Mylan

Hello, my name is Sanaa. I am 24 years old, I consider myself a dreamer and have a natural curiosity which drives my passion for education! I enjoy the arts - music, dance, you name it - I am currently learning how to play acoustic guitar! I recently obtained my Masters degree in Mental Health Counseling from Queens College, CUNY and I aspire toward working in higher education.

Bailey Nelson

Bailey Edwards Nelson is an ordained minister in the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.  Having served on the pastoral staff of congregations throughout the southeast, she is a passionate preacher and community.  She currently serves as Senior Pastor of Fernwood Baptist Church in her hometown of Spartanburg, SC.  A graduate of Furman University and McAfee School of Theology, she holds degrees in music and theology.  Bailey is a violinist and painter who  holds a deep love for spirituality and the arts.  Much of her work has centered around interfaith dialogue, women's rights, and racial reconciliation.  Her husband, Justin, is a Hospice Chaplain.  They have one son, Aidan, who is 5 years old.

John Noble

I am a junior year student of Religion and Rhetoric at Drake University. My personal and academic interest in liberation theology led me to this conference. I am a Catholic church reformer with an interest in developing theologies of racial justice in progressive Catholic circles. I have a special interest in the work white Christians can do to fight for and achieve racial reparations.

Maryann Philbrook

Maryann grew up in Louisiana. She completed undergraduate studies in politics in Los Angeles. She has lived in Austin since 2009, except for two years when she lived in Switzerland and Peru. She has a travel addiction. Maryann is active in the Episcopal Church.

Afif Abdur Rahman

Afif is a recent college graduate, having studied Neuropsychology at Northeastern University. He believes in the interlocking roles that research and civic and political engagement play in influencing policy and culture. His interests include promoting fair urban economic development, social integration, and minority empowerment. A leader in the Boston Muslim community, Afif co-founded MassMuslims, an organization dedicated to empowering Muslim communities through civic engagement and education. He also has extensive research experience, having studied the housing market, election campaign strategy, youth employment, human rights, and legislative policy for public office, non-profits, and thinktanks. While in college, he also served as a student leader on campus on the Interfaith Council.

Nadia Salazar Sandi

My name is Nadia and I have been a community organizer and advocate since 2011. I am passionate about helping my community and supporting those who need it most. I currently work at SPLC as an advocate but I have previously worked with United We Dream and Identity in MD. All of my work has mostly focused on immigrant rights but I have workers on human rights overall throughout the years. I am incredibly passionate about the work and wish to share this passion with others. I am aware of my privilege and try to be as sensitive to issues as possible when it relates to other communities. I am outspoken and enjoy discussions that allow me to learn more about how to support my community in the best possible way. I look forward to meeting and hearing about all the other participants.

Special Sanders

Special Sanders is a community organizer working to empower Arkansas immigrants and their communities. She received her B.A. at the U of Arkansas--Monticello before eventually becoming an ESL teaching assistant and later co-founder of Arkansas Coalition for Dream, a civic organization fighting for equal access to higher education for all Arkansas students. She recently attended the Ready America: Implementing Immigration Action Conference designed to prepare organizations, organizers, and service providers to make administrative relief a success. She currently resides in Arkansas.

Finn Schubert

Finn Schubert is a co-founder of transbuddhists.org, a resource for transgender and gender non-conforming Buddhists and for Buddhist communities seeking to be more inclusive. He has over ten years of experience in the reproductive rights and justice movements, and previously served on the board of Sadie Nash Leadership Project. He works as a clinical research manager at a community hospital in Brooklyn, and holds a Master's of Public Health in Epidemiology.

Evan Seitz

Evan lives near Boston, Massachusetts and rides his bike everywhere. A former planner, grocery store worker, and NGO staffer, he now spends his days organizing faith communities (and other communities) to work on climate justice. He enjoys fermenting foods of all kinds.

Affad Shaikh

Affad Shaikh is a social entrepreneur, a gentleman adventurer and an aspiring renaissance man. He is currently part of the USC Dornsife Center for Religion and Civic Culture and the Interreligious Council of Southern California cohort known as the Future 50, as well as Alumni of NewGround: Muslim Jewish Partnership for Change. Affad worked on behalf of the American Muslim community, advocating for civil rights and cultivating civic engagement at the Los Angeles chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR LA) for six years. Affad was recently invited to participate in the People of Faith Root Causes Delegation to Central America, representing the Southern California Islamic Shura Council, an umbrella organization of 70 organizations and Mosques, this summer. You can follow him through his blog www.affadshaikh.com and a monthly newsletter- The Corner Office Shaikh

Tahil Sharma

Tahil Sharma is a graduate from the University of La Verne, with a Bachelor's Degree in Spanish and Minor in International Studies. He is one of two UN DPI-NGO Youth Representative for the Parliament of the World's Religions. As an activist for human rights, social justice and interfaith cooperation, he has served on numerous local and national committees and initiatives such as Co-Chairing the Claremont/La Verne Relay for Life, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, Global Opportunities and Hope not Hate Coordinator for AMP Global Youth and as an intern for Religions for Peace International this summer.

John Shellito

I grew up going to suburban public school in New England. During college I felt called back to church, and then to Union Theological Seminary. Then Haley and I got married. After graduation and Ordination in the Episcopal tradition, I served in a nine month CPE Chaplaincy Residency. We then followed Haley’s vocational call a second time to Washington D.C., where I now serve as Associate Rector of St. George’s, Arlington, Virginia. I feel a sense of calling to pastoral care and mental health, as well as to environmental and racial reconciliation and justice. Also, Haley is a cancer survivor.

Stanley Talbert

I am Stanley Talbert from the great state of Texas.  Before moving to NYC I studied religion at Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA.  I am currently an assistant minister at the Kings Church of Christ in Brooklyn and beginning my final year at Union Theological Seminary.  I have a strong passion for concretizing the gospel in the 21st century through spirituality oriented social justice.  My hobbies include: reading books that are not on the syllabus, chess, basketball, golf, Netflix, eating, and exploring.

Jeffrey Tangonan Acido

Jeffrey Tangonan Acido was born in the Philippines and grew in Kalihi,Hawaii. He was raised by working class parents (Housekeeping and Janitor) who valued speaking the Ilokano language and living out the indigenous values of our ancestors. Jeffrey attended all public schools in the working class neighborhood of Kalihi. He has taught Philippine and Education related courses in the University of Hawaii at Manoa and has engaged in popular/liberatory education among (im)migrant, indigenous, and diasporic peoples in Kalihi, particulary among young people.  He hopes to establish a center for liberatory education and ancestral wisdom.

Louis Tillman

Meet Louis Tillman. He is a 24 year old African-American from Atlanta, Georgia. Louis Tillman is a graduate of Carthage College where he earned a Bachelors of Arts degree in Business Administration and Public Relations. Tillman is a seminarian at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) pursuing a Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree. He is expected to graduate in May of 2017. Tillman is in high pursuits of ordination in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). He currently resides and serves on the South Side of Chicago, Illinois.    Tillman's passions center around food justice, prison ministries, racial justice ministries, and multicultural liberation theology. His wish is to have all of his spiritual gifts, such as: discipleship, vision, and prophetic voice to be utilized for the church and to help build the kingdom of God.

Crystal Walthall

I am a NYC native, by way of Brooklyn I am a former high school US History educator who now works in faith-based social justice. As a woman of faith and former educator, I am very passionate about educational advocacy and justice, with a particular focus for black and brown youth.   Additionally, I am very active within my church community located in the Lower East Side, which includes directing a monthly emergency food pantry program and serving in worship.  In my spare time, I love to write poetry, and love singing.

Courtney Weber

Courtney Weber is the Events & Trainings manager for Auburn Media, including scheduling and supporting media and storytelling trainings, along with other program-related events for faith leaders. She holds a B.A. degree in Theater Arts from Portland State University. She comes to Auburn after nearly a decade in higher education administration, first as the executive assistant to the provost at Barnard College and later the executive assistant to the executive vice president for research at Columbia University. As High Priestess of Novices of the Old Ways, a progressive Wiccan community, she is committed to faith and action in the public sphere, particularly issues of LGBTQ rights and environmental sustainability. Courtney is the author of  "Brigid: History, Mystery, and Magick of the Celtic Goddess" and the forthcoming "Tarot for One" (Weiser Books). She blogs for Huffington Post.

Jennifer Wilburn

Jennie was born and raised in Savannah, GA. She moved to Texas for her undergraduate education at Rice University, during which time she studied in Mexico, Peru and Argentina and participated in service projects in Central America. After graduation she moved to Spain for a year to teach English. Jennie then came to North Carolina for a dual degree M.Div./M.S.W. graduate program at Duke and UNC-Chapel Hill where her work focused on advocating for farmworkers and organizing churches for social justice. Jennie currently works at the North Carolina Council of Churches where she works to help improve conditions for immigrants and farmworkers in the state. She lives in Durham and attends that city’s First Presbyterian Church. In her free time she enjoys dancing, running, traveling, and walking her dog.

Kenneth Wilson

My name is Kenneth D. Wilson II.  I am a California native and resident of NC. I attended the historical NCA&TSU for undergrad, Duke University for my masters and back to NCA&TSU for my doctoral work this fall. I am married to my wife and we have one child. I am a Track & Field athlete/fan as well as Triathlons alike. I have been a Police Officer for almost 5 years and have done some work in that field towards racism and policing from a black perspective. I also belong to a non-denominational church in my city.
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