Sabrina Dent (she/her/hers) is the Senior Faith Adviser at Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
Sabrina is a life-long advocate for human rights and social justice. Throughout her career, she has worked with vulnerable populations including women and children impacted by domestic violence and abuse, youth with mental health and behavioral challenges, and racial and religious minorities. However, she developed a passion as a religious freedom advocate in 2015 when she became a BJC Fellow with the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty (BJC).
Before joining the AU team, Sabrina worked as director of recruitment and admissions at the Religious Freedom Center of the Freedom Forum where she managed several of the education initiatives designed for religious and civic leaders, including a three-year project funded by the Henry Luce Foundation titled “Religious Freedom: African American Perspectives.” She enhanced the Center’s Summer Bootcamp for Interns, providing an opportunity for college interns to learn more about religious freedom and engage national experts on this topic.
Prior to her time at the Religious Freedom Center, Sabrina served as program coordinator for the Doctor of Ministry Program at the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University (STVU). Sabrina is the past president of the Interfaith Community of Greater Richmond (ICGR). ICGR is a non-profit organization of 20 faith groups and denominations that is committed to developing respect, understanding, and cooperation among the various religious faiths.
In her work, Sabrina has presented at numerous programs and events, including the American Academy of Religion’s Public Scholars Project, Faith Journeys in the Black Experience: 1619 – 2019 Commemoration, 2018 Parliament of the World's Religions conference, and Melissa Rogers’s Faith In American Public Life book launch on CSPAN Book Tv. In June 2019, Sabrina served as the moderator for the panel discussion “Voices of a New Generation: Racial and Religious Reconciliation” at BYU Law School’s Religious Freedom Conference in Provo, Utah. In February 2020, she was the keynote presenter for the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference’s Micah Institute at the Clergy and Lay Leaders Conference – the largest social justice network for progressive African American clergy and lay leaders. Her most recent article, “The Two Big G's - God and Government,” emphasized the importance of the separation of church and state even in difficult times. Sabrina’s contributions to the field of religious liberty were recognized by the Honorable Suzan Johnson Cook in December 2018 when she was named as a Pro Voice/Pro Voz, Inc. honoree.
Sabrina earned her master of divinity degree and doctor of ministry degree from STVU. Her doctoral dissertation project title was “Bridging the Gap of Race and Interfaith Relations: Connecting Humanity with Our Stories.” She earned her bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech. Sabrina is a native of Petersburg, Virginia, and a proud mother. Her favorite place in the world to visit is South Africa.
*Sabrina's headshot is credited to RL Photography