About

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I am a Truman Scholar and a senior at Georgetown University studying government and history. A proud first-generation, low-income, non-traditional student from Mobile, Alabama, I earned my GED, graduated summa cum laude from community college, and received a 1789 Scholarship to transfer to Georgetown University. Upon graduation, I hope to go to law school and pursue a career as a public interest attorney.

Since coming to Washington, DC, I have pursued opportunities in public service. I spent my junior year as a Pathways intern in the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, where I worked to enforce the constitutional and civil rights of all Americans. Before joining DOJ, I was a L.E.A.D. intern in the DC Mayor’s Office of Community Affairs serving the residents of the District of Columbia. I also interned at the Voting Rights Project of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law protecting the right to vote for people of color, people with disabilities, and other traditionally disenfranchised communities.

While in Alabama, I founded my own nonprofit organization, Mobile Equality, dedicated to advocating for the local lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. Our organization campaigned for a city ordinance protecting LGBT people from discrimination and amending the state’s hate crime law to cover crimes motivated by the victim’s sexual orientation or gender identity and expression. I interned at Legal Services Alabama providing free legal aid to low-income clients and the South Alabama Center for Fair Housing ensuring access to equal opportunities in housing and lending. I served on the Board of Directors of the ACLU of Alabama safeguarding the civil rights and civil liberties of all Alabamians, where I had the distinction of being the youngest person nominated and elected to the board. I also volunteered as a clinic escort and community advocate at Planned Parenthood.

I have been extensively involved in advocating for the separation of church and state and the interests of atheists, agnostics, and humanists. I currently serve on the Youth Advisory Council of Americans United for Separation of Church and State advising the organization on how to reach and engage young people. Previously, I was a legal and public policy intern at American Atheists and a PAC and legislative intern at the Center for Freethought Equality, the political arm of the American Humanist Association. In recognition of my advocacy, I received the 2017 David Norr Youth Activist Award from Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the 2014 Activist of the Year Award from American Atheists, the Catherine Fahringer Memorial Student Activist Award from the Freedom From Religion Foundation, and the Award for Outstanding Activism from the Secular Student Alliance.

I enjoy writing op-eds about issues I’m passionate about, including civil rights, economic justice, church-state separation and religious freedom. My writing has appeared in the print and online editions of the Mobile Press-Register, Birmingham News, Huntsville Times, Montgomery Advertiser, The Hoya, and The Humanist.

Education

Georgetown University, Washington, DC, Expected May 2019
Candidate for B.A., Major in Government, Minor in History
Concentrations in American Government and American History
Honors: Harry S. Truman Scholar, 1789 Scholarship, Dean’s List (Fall ’16, Spring ’17)
Activities: Georgetown Scholarship Program, The Hoya, LGBTQ Resource Center, Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor, Prisons and Justice Initiative, Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching and Service, Institute of Politics and Public Service, Pre-Law Society

Faulkner State Community College, Bay Minette, AL, Class of 2016
A.A.S., Major in Paralegal Studies, summa cum laude
Honors: Paralegal Award for Outstanding Scholarship, Phi Theta Kappa, President’s List
Activities: Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, College Career Day, National Voter Registration Day

Professional Experience


Legal Assistant (Pathways Intern), U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Voting Section
L.E.A.D. Intern, DC Mayor’s Office of Community Affairs
Legal & Public Policy Intern, American Atheists
Member, Youth Advisory Council, Americans United for Separation of Church and State
Undergraduate Intern, Voting Rights Project, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
PAC & Legislative Intern, American Humanist Association
Equity Officer, Board of Directors, ACLU of Alabama
Founder & Executive Director, Mobile Equality
Constituent Services Intern, U.S. Representative Bradley Byrne
Paralegal Intern, South Alabama Center for Fair Housing
Paralegal Intern, Legal Services Alabama

Volunteer Activities

Clinic Escort & Community Volunteer, Planned Parenthood Southeast
Community Volunteer, Human Rights Campaign of Alabama
Campaign Volunteer, Bernie 2016
GOTV Volunteer, Maryland Democratic Party
GOTV Volunteer, Tom Perriello for Governor

Honors & Awards

Certificate of Recognition, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey
2018 Truman Scholar, Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation
Certificate of Recognition, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser
1789 Scholarship, Georgetown University
Dean’s List, Georgetown University
Paralegal Award, Faulkner State Community College
Phi Theta Kappa, Faulkner State Community College
President’s List, Faulkner State Community College
David Norr Youth Activist Award, Americans United for Separation of Church and State
Chinn LGBT Atheist Activism Scholarship, American Atheists
Award for Outstanding Activism, Secular Student Alliance
Secular Student Activism Scholarship, Secular Student Alliance
Activist of the Year Award, American Atheists
Catherine Fahringer Memorial Student Activist Award, Freedom From Religion Foundation

Writing

Please see my writing page.

Speaking Engagements

“Being Openly Atheist in the Bible Belt: How and Why It’s Important Everywhere,” Pennsylvania State Atheist/Humanist Convention, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 2017
“Coalition Building: Why Is It So Important?” Secular Student Alliance 2016 Annual Conference, Columbus, Ohio, July 2016
“Taking Secular Activism Off of Campus and Into Government,” Secular Student Alliance 2016 Annual Conference, Columbus, Ohio, July 2016
“A Conversation with Annabelle Gurwitch and Amanda Scott,” Reason Rally Mini-Convention, Washington, D.C., June 2016
“Youth Outreach Guide: How to Reach and Engage Youth,” Americans United for Separation of Church and State 2015 Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., November 2015
“Using the Media for Secular Activism,” Secular Student Alliance 2015 Annual Conference, Columbus, Ohio, July 2015
“The Fight for LGBT Equality in Mobile,” Fairhope Unitarian Fellowship, Fairhope, Alabama, March 2015
“How to Get Involved in Secular Activism,” University of South Alabama Secular Student Alliance, Mobile, Alabama, October 2014
“Secular Dissent and the Tyranny of the Majority,” Alabama Rally for Secular Government, Montgomery, Alabama, May 2014
“Church Politicking and the First Amendment,” Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Mobile, Mobile, Alabama, February 2014