About

With Georgetown University's mascot Jack the Bull Dog ❤
With Georgetown University’s mascot Jack the Bulldog

I’m a government major at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., where I’m a recipient of the 1789 Scholarship and member of the Georgetown Scholarship Program for first-generation and low-income students. Born and raised in a working-class family in rural Alabama, I became the first person in my family to go to college after I got my GED, graduated summa cum laude from Faulkner State Community College with an A.A.S. in paralegal studies, and earned a full scholarship to transfer to Georgetown.

My experiences have motivated me to become a passionate advocate for social and economic justice. My plan is to go on to law school and become a public interest lawyer specializing in constitutional law and civil rights law and someday run for public office.

I’m currently a L.E.A.D. intern at the DC Mayor’s Office of Community Affairs where I’m serving the residents of the District of Columbia. This past spring I interned with the Voting Rights Project of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law protecting the right to vote for racial and ethnic minorities and other traditionally disenfranchised groups.

While in Alabama I founded my own nonprofit organization, Mobile Equality, dedicated to advocating for the local lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBTQ) community. Our organization campaigned for a nondiscrimination ordinance protecting LGBTQ residents and amending the state’s hate crime law to cover crimes motivated by sexual orientation and gender identity and expression. I also interned with Legal Services Alabama providing legal assistance to low-income people and the South Alabama Center for Fair Housing ensuring access to fair and affordable housing. I served on the Board of Directors of the ACLU of Alabama protecting the constitutional liberties of all Alabamians, where I had the honor of being the youngest person nominated and elected to the board.

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. Previously I was a legal and policy intern with American Atheists and a PAC intern with Freethought Equality Fund PAC dedicated to electing nonreligious candidates to public office. In recognition of my advocacy, I was awarded the 2016 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’ve built this website to share who I am and what I’m passionate about with others. I’d love to hear from you. You can follow me on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram, or contact me here.

Education

Georgetown University, Washington, DC, Expected May 2019
Candidate for B.A., Major in Government, Minors in History & Journalism
Honors: 1789 Scholarship, Georgetown Scholarship Program, Dean’s List (Fall ’16, Spring ’17)

Faulkner State Community College, Bay Minette, AL, Class of 2016
A.A.S., Major in Paralegal Studies, summa cum laude
Honors: Paralegal Award, Phi Theta Kappa, President’s List

Professional Experience


L.E.A.D. Intern, DC Mayor’s Office of Community Affairs
Legal & Public Policy Intern, American Atheists
Youth Advisory Council, Americans United for Separation of Church and State
Voting Rights Project Intern, 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 Volunteer, Planned Parenthood Southeast
Campaign Volunteer, Bernie 2016
GOTV Volunteer, Maryland Democratic Party
Community Volunteer, Progressive Maryland
GOTV Volunteer, Tom Perriello for Governor

Honors & Awards

Dean’s List, Georgetown University
President’s List, Faulkner State Community College
1789 Scholarship, Georgetown University
Paralegal Award, 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

Publications

Please see my writing page.

Speaking Engagements

“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