Meet the 2018-2019 class of Advocacy Corps Organizers. These twenty young adults from around the U.S. will be organizing their communities to stop the militarization of police.
Durango, Colorado Advocacy Corps Organizer
Allie Wolfe is a senior at Fort Lewis College majoring in Psychology. Allie is a comedian who produces and hosts Laugh Therapy — a comedy show in which she strives to discuss mental health and issues of social justice on an accessible platform. She is a member of the wellness peer advisory council, the integrative health intern for Fort Lewis College, and a senator on student government.
Swannanoa, North Carolina Advocacy Corps Organizer
A California native transplanted to Asheville, North Carolina, Bobby Trice is a researcher, writer, and advocate focusing on the complexities of social issues. He is a senior at Warren Wilson College majoring in Sociology/Anthropology and Social Work. Bobby engages meaningfully with his local and campus communities through shared governance, advocacy, and volunteer activities.
De Pere, Wisconsin Advocacy Corps Organizer
Brinn Anderson is a sophomore at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin. She has not yet declared a major, but is minoring in Spanish and Peace and Justice. Her first semester of college was spent on a social justice and service learning gap program through St. Norbert. Upon her return to campus she became heavily involved with Oxfam and was elected president of the campus’s chapter.
Fayetteville, Arkansas Advocacy Corps Organizer
Celina Tijerina is a junior at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas. She is studying Theatre with a concentration in design and technology, and Horticulture. While at school, Celina volunteers with several organizations that work toward creating community in the local area and she aspires to join the Peace Corps after she graduates.
Santa Fe, New Mexico Advocacy Corps Organizer
Ceryndipity Aslan Schoel was born and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and after living in the freezing mountains of Vermont to attend Middlebury College, she returned to her hometown. Ceryn had the opportunity to travel the world with her debate team, even spending two weeks at The Hague in the Netherlands for the World Championships of British Parliamentary Debate. After exploring more of the world, she came to the realization that change must begin in your own backyard.
Milledgeville, Georgia Advocacy Corps Organizer
Chelsey Adams is a senior majoring in Sociology at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville. She is the Secretary of the campus Sociology Club and has presented original research at the most recent Annual Southern Sociological Society Meeting in New Orleans. Chelsey is inspired by the legacy of political activism within the Black American Church and the role that religion has historically played in shaping political thought within the Black American community.
Richmond, Indiana Advocacy Corps Organizer
Christian Sharits is a sophomore at Earlham College studying politics with a specific interest in law and social justice. With a lifelong affinity for public speaking and debate, Christian is driven to engage with others. He graduated early from high school and simply could not wait to begin work on his passions in the fields of social justice, political science, and legal studies.
Seaside, California Advocacy Corps Organizer
Gertrude Smith is a disabled caregiver, community enthusiast, and budding politician from Seaside, California. Gertrude is an elected member of the California Democratic Central Committee, and Vice President of the Monterey County Young Democrats. They are passionate about social justice, particularly youth advocacy and racial equity.
Silver Spring, Maryland Advocacy Corps Organizer
Jesse Greer is a lifelong Quaker from Silver Spring, Maryland who is a member of the Adelphi Monthly Meeting. He is a recent graduate of Earlham College and is currently working to elect progressive candidates in Maryland and Virginia with the Democracy Summer Fellowship.
Sarasota, Florida Advocacy Corps Organizer
Katie Thurson is a rising senior at New College of Florida in Sarasota where she studies religion with a focus in children's religious experiences. Katie is a past NCSA Student Government President and Chief of Staff and she gives campus tours for the Admissions Office. When she's not at school, Katie is the program director at Happy Acres Ranch, a summer camp in north Florida.
Birmingham, Alabama Advocacy Corps Organizer
Kiarra Broadnax is a rising junior at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama majoring in Political Science with a double minor in Communication and Sociology. She is originally from Smiths Station, Alabama and is a member of Samford University's Policy Debate Team. In 2018, Kiarra was voted Novice of the Year at the Southeast Cross Examination Debate Association, in which the topic was Universal Healthcare.
Kylah L. Guion
Greensboro, North Carolina Advocacy Corps Organizer
Kylah Guion is a sophomore majoring in Political Science at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro. Kylah has a passion for civil equity and the advancement of disenfranchised people and communities. She served on the 2017-18 #Fight4AFuture National Leadership Committee where she assisted with spreading awareness on gun control and criminal justice.
Marcus Red Shirt
Lawrence, Kansas Advocacy Corps Organizer
Marcus Red Shirt (they/ them/their; Lakȟota name: Wóuŋspe Khuwá- “Chases Knowledge”) is an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. They are currently a rising sophomore attending Haskell Indian Nations University working toward a BA in Native American Studies. Marcus is a published poet, spoken word artist, aspiring scholar, and Indigenous activist.
Lewiston, Maine Advocacy Corps Organizer
McLeod Abbott is a rising senior at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine where he is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Politics and History. He was born and raised in Bronxville, New York, a suburb just north of New York City. McLeod has had an interest in politics and social justice issues from a young age. Having served as the captain of his college squash team this past year, McLeod has learned valuable skills in leadership and communication that he hopes to bring to the Advocacy Corps.
Las Vegas, Nevada Advocacy Corps Organizer
Micajah Daniels is a Ronald E. McNair Scholar majoring in Public Health and minoring in Sociology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She is the winner of the 2018 Rebel Award for “Student Committed to Diversity,” for her activism and research on food insecurity, immigration, gun violence, and access to education.
Salisbury, Maryland Advocacy Corps Organizer
Molly McGinty is a senior at Salisbury University double majoring in Social Work and Gender & Sexuality Studies with a minor in Social Justice Studies. She is originally from Catonsville, Maryland where she first gained a passion for social justice across all intersections. At Salisbury, Molly is a board member of the Animal Rights Association, a member of the Philosophical Society, and a recent inductee of the Phi Alpha Social Work Honor Society.
Plainfield, New Hampshire Advocacy Corps Organizer
Omar Hajajreh recently graduated from Colby-Sawyer College with a BA in History and Political Studies. He currently lives in Massachusetts, but will reside in New Hampshire as an Advocacy Corps member. Omar’s background includes environmental political organizing, interning at the U.S. Senate, working with refugees, and an interest in public and foreign policy issues. As an Advocacy Corps member, Omar hopes to develop a deeper understanding of political organizing, especially on issues that affect immigrants and cultural/religious minorities, nationally.
Providence, Rhode Island Advocacy Corps Organizer
RK Doering is an upper school educator at Moses Brown School, a Friends school in Providence, Rhode Island. Raised in both India and the United States, RK is a third culture kid and a graduate of Case Western Reserve University. RK is a member of Kappa Alpha Theta and Alpha Phi Omega, and was active both during college and as an alum. The combined values of these two organizations are Personal Excellence, Scholarship, Leadership, Friendship, and Service which serve as a foundation of RK's life.
Salt Lake County, Utah Advocacy Corps Organizer
Salvador Oregon-Torres is majoring in Communication and minoring in Business. He identifies as an Undocumented Queer POC (Person of Color). Salvador was born in Mexico and immigrated to the US when he was 11 months old. He has worked for non-profits for five years, mainly focusing on the Undocumented community and the LGBTQ+ communities. He is excited to improve his community organizing skills as an Advocacy Corps member.
Flagstaff, Arizona Advocacy Corps Organizer
Sierra Cottle is in her junior year at Northern Arizona University pursuing a B.S. in Environmental Science with an emphasis in Administration and Policy and a B.A. in Modern Language with an emphasis in Spanish. In her first two years at NAU, Sierra has developed an extensive background in community service, advocacy, and campaigning.