Tara Abhasakun was born in Thailand, but moved to Berkeley, CA when she was almost six years old. For many years she has participated in international volunteering in projects ranging from building schools and homes to teaching children dance. This summer, she will be participating in the Vindhayak Sansad program, which she is super excited for! Tara hopes to use this internship to further her prospective career in journalism by writing stories about human rights issues.
Tara is interning with Vidhayak Sansad in Maharashtra, India.
Elizabeth Baggett was raised in Northwest Indiana and is now in her senior year at the University of Illinois at Chicago studying biology and Spanish Literature. She is passionate about working and learning about the impacts of social justice in and out of the country. She often travels to various underprivileged countries to work in health clinics; she also does medical research at the University of Chicago and volunteers with different homeless coalitions to continue to bring awareness of the social justice issues in Chicago. She hopes to continue this work in underprivileged countries upon graduating.
Elizabeth is interning with the Anne Margaret Barr Children’s Village (AMBCV) in Kharang, India.
Katie Carey has just finished her first year at Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio, studying Political Science and International Relations. During the last semester of her senior year of high school, she traveled to Costa Rica to study Spanish for two months and was a humanitarian aid volunteer on the U.S.-Mexico border for the two months following. She is an active member on campus as a resident assistant and president of the university’s only sexual health and reproductive justice organization. After graduating, she hopes to move to the Northwest and continue her education with social justice and Unitarian Universalist ministry work.
Katie is interning with the Anne Margaret Barr Children’s Village (AMBCV) in Kharang, India.
Carmen Francesco grew up in rural Beach Lake, Pennsylvania, where she learned early about the connection between faith and caring for creation. She attends Prescott College in Arizona and is currently a sophomore as a double major in Secondary Education with an emphasis in History and Social and Environmental Justice. This school year, Carmen has focused on community organizing around Latin@ education, while maintaining her job teaching at a local charter school. After college, Carmen hopes to work as a community educator and organizer in order to continue her commitment to environmental and social justice work.
Carmen is interning with Vidhayak Sansad in Maharashtra, India.
Ah-reum Han was born in Seoul, Korea, but bred on the sandy savannas of West Africa. She’s lived on four different continents, but learned to keep her feet still enough to get her BA in Creative Writing and Cross-cultural Sociology from Carson-Newman University and an MFA in Fiction from George Mason University. Her passion for the arts and social justice was influenced also by her experiences in The Gambia, Senegal, India, and Camden, New Jersey. When she’s not writing or reading, you can find her wandering through museums, parks, and local open mics or, on rainy days, happily home, binge-watching on Netflix.
Ah-reum is interning with The Sanctuaries in Washington, D.C.
Ruth Hanna is a rising junior at Yale University studying Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. She grew up near Boston, Massachusetts and attended First Parish in Bedford. Ruth’s passion for social justice is strongly influenced by her UU upbringing. After college, she hopes to attend medical school and expand access to and improve the quality of health care for under-served populations. At Yale, she works with the Yale Hunger and Homelessness Action Project and plays on the women’s ultimate frisbee team.
Ruth is interning with the UU Urban Ministry in Boston, MA.
Joy Ikekuha is a History and International Studies double major and rising sophomore at Spelman College. She is very passionate about creating sustainable development for countries in Africa and empowering youth to create change in their communities. Currently, Joy is interning at Women Watch Afrika and is super excited to intern with the Food Chain Workers Alliance this summer. At Spelman, she serves as the Community Outreach Chair for the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance, a Class Agent on the Student Philanthropy Council, and SGA Representative for the History Club. Joy loves to let everyone know she is Nigerian. In her spare time, she loves to explore and listen to music.
Joy is interning with the Food Chain Workers Alliance in Chicago.
Carter Smith grew up in Chapel Hill, N.C. and is now studying Religion and Political Science at UNC Asheville. A lifelong Unitarian Universalist, she has worked in the religion in many aspects, including planning worship services, teaching religious education, organizing social justice events, serving as a delegate at GA, founding a new campus ministry, and more. She is especially interested in issues of poverty and its intersections, like with food policy, gender issues, education, and prison reform. Besides religion and social justice work, Carter is passionate about reading, cooking, and traveling.
Carter is interning with Standing on the Side of Love in Washington, D.C.
James Spector-Bishop is a rising sophomore at Macalester College where he is studying economics. He grew up in Northbrook, Illinois, attending North Shore Unitarian Church where he served on the Youth Advisory Council of his youth group. He has also worked on the UUA’s Midwest District Northern Area Youth Council to organize regional youth events. At college he participates in local politics while also finding time to learn ballroom dancing. He is passionate about economic justice and hopes to someday apply creativity and imagination to the problems of international development.
James is interning with the Food Chain Workers Alliance in Chicago.
Lucy Tucker is a dancer, poet, and smiling human from New Orleans. She is a sophomore at Smith College and plans to major in American Studies and Dance with a concentration in Community Engagement and Social Change. She grew up attending First UU of New Orleans and a UU camp in North Carolina every summer, surrounded by some of the most powerful advocates for sustainable change the world has ever seen. She is interested in education reform and equity, spoken word, creating queer spaces in the ballet world, and listening to people who hold identities she does not.
Lucy in interning with The Center for Ethical Living and Social Justice Renewal in New Orleans, LA.
Liz Wendell is an activist, feminist, and constantly evolving person from the Metro Detroit area. Growing up she attended Birmingham Unitarian Church where, surrounded by her incredible youth group and district youth community, she found a passion for social and environmental justice work. Currently she’s studying Peace and Justice Studies and Religion at Wellesley College. There, Liz is a member of Wellesley 20/20 (a student group advocating for a trans-inclusive admissions policy) and the Social Justice Chair of the Unitarian Universalist Community. Otherwise you can find her studying, playing rugby, or looking at pictures of her cats back home.
Liz is interning with Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon in Portland, OR.
Kayla Williams is a rising junior at The George Washington University where she majors in Sociology and Women’s Studies. She wants to use her passion for social justice and empowerment of individuals and communities to convey messages through art, particularly through photography. At GWU, Kayla is the manager of GW’s GroW Garden, which grows produce for Miriam’s Kitchen, an organization devoted to ending chronic homelessness in DC and provides fresh meals. Additionally, she works at GW’s Multicultural Student Services Center as a photographer for events and is an active member of the GW Food Justice Alliance. In her free times, she enjoys cooking, concerts, portrait photography, working with children, attending protests and being outside.
Kayla is interning with The Sanctuaries in Washington, D.C.