Youth Organizing Fellowship
The Youth Organizing Fellowship is a year-long leadership development program for a nation-wide cohort of ten young people (ages 18-25) to strengthen their organizing skills and lead the movement for separation of religion and government.
Fellows come from different backgrounds, work on a variety of issues that intersect with the separation of religion and government, and share values of religious freedom and equality. The cohort meets virtually throughout the year (and once in person) for ongoing training and support while organizing events and campaigns in their local communities.
Meet the 2021-2022 Fellows
Annie Bennett is from Severna Park, MD but is currently living in Boston. She is a third year student at Emerson College and works as a career coach, a journalist, and a fellow for AU!
Annie will be planning community organizing activities in Boston to advocate for the Do No Harm Act and the Equality Act.
“Church-state separation is at the root of so many issues that touch the lives of Americans. I look forward to learning more about church-state separation and Constitutional law when I attend Columbia Law School next year.”–Charlotte Waldman, New York, NY
Charlotte will be planning organizing events at Columbia and in her community to support the Do No Harm Act and the Equality Act.
Eoin Lyons is a master of theological studies candidate at Harvard Divinity School studying religion, ethics, and politics. Originally from San Francisco, CA, Eoin is passionate about understanding the animating forces of faith, particularly those that contribute to coercive or restrictive practices of religion within the criminal justice system.
Hannah Santos, Cambridge, MA, is a current Master of Theological Studies candidate at Harvard Divinity School and holds a B.A. in religious studies and history from Brown University. She is passionate about improving public understanding of religion and protecting religious liberty for all faiths and none.
“I am studying the intersection of the biological sciences and public policy to better advocate for equitable healthcare and health policy, regardless of religious association or lack thereof. I am specifically interested in the protection for our most underrepresented and under-resourced communities, such as my own Muslim community.”–Heba Mohiuddin, Beaumont, TX
Induja Kumar is from Chandler, AZ. She is a student at Vanderbilt University on the prelaw track interested in climate justice, digital forums through which politics happen, and studying movement building, especially in relation to spirituality and religion. Indu hopes to bring a multigenerational, cross-coalition approach to their organizing and examine how AU’s work intersects with issues in policy discourse, though these connections may not be easily discernible.
“I am an undergraduate student at the University of South Florida majoring in Political Science and History. I am an advocate for women and LGBTQ+ rights and want to highlight how the separation of church and state impacts issues in both fields. I want to help provide tools to address these concerns to those in my community and beyond.”–Vicki Williams, Jacksonville, FL
Nicole Li is from Collierville, TN and is a community organizer and undergrad student at Yale University. Having grown up witnessing the dangers of Christian nationalism in the Bible Belt, she is deeply passionate about the intersections of religious freedom, reproductive rights, and racial justice in the American South.
PY Liu lives in Nashville, TN and is a senior student at Vanderbilt University. Originally from Chenzhen, China, Py began her experience at AU as a 2020 Outreach and Engagement summer intern and is now interning at the Nashville public Defender’s Office. Read her blog article, How White Christian Nationalism Contributes To The Marginalization Of The Asian American Community