WHO ARE THE SLP FACULTY?
Sonia worked most recently as a Program Director/Community Organizer at the Center for Social Responsibility of the Manhattan Jewish Community Center. She previously worked at Ma’yan, a teen girls social justice program, and at Mosiac of Westchester, with LGBTQ Jewish teens. Sonia is a longtime social justice educator, youth worker, member leader at Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, and co-founder of movementmatch.org, a national database designed to connect individuals with progressive membership organizations. Sonia has worked for many years in food justice and urban gardening, and loves the beach.
As a program evaluator and researcher, Elizabeth has supported various nonprofit organizations in leveraging educational opportunities, particularly programs that engage young people in serving their communities. Elizabeth also works with individuals with disabilities in supported employment. Over the years, she has volunteered with literacy, mentoring, and academic tutoring programs, as well as community cultural programs, political canvassing, and voter registration drives. As a graduate of Teachers College, Columbia University’s program in International and Comparative Education, she is keenly interested in education in relation to economic development and social justice.
Anita is an educator, freelance writer, and editor. When she is not working with SLP youth and coaching aspiring writers, Anita is working on an object essay collection and her first novella, set in Manhattan’s old Yorkville.
Allie Cashel (she/her) is the author of Suffering the Silence: Chronic Lyme disease in an Age of Denial (North Atlantic Books) and the co-founder and president The Suffering the Silence Community, a nonprofit dedicated to leveraging the power of art, media, and storytelling to raise awareness and break the stigma surrounding the experience of chronic illness and disability. Alongside her work with STS, Allie is now leading the effort to bring The Service Learning Project to schools throughout Vermont, empowering youth to become active citizens in their schools and communities.
Leah (she/hers) is thrilled to be applying her passion for problem solving to support students in tackling the challenges facing their schools and communities. She is currently a Principal at HR&A Advisors in New York, where she helps lead the Inclusive Cities practice and works with governments and nonprofits to make cities more equitable places to live, learn, and work. Leah previously served as a history and current events curriculum writer at The Choices Program and as a program assistant for the LGBTQ Representation & Rights Research Initiative.
A graduate of Barnard College, Claire has taught service learning throughout Brooklyn, as well as in the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Nicaragua, and is passionate about community engagement and social justice. She previously worked at Move This World, equipping students and teachers with the tools to strengthen their mental and emotional wellbeing. Claire is also a professionally trained dancer, and teaches dance at Mark Morris Dance Center in Brooklyn.
Patience (she/her) is a farmer, teacher, and movement artist living in NYC. Patience has collaborated with various schools and non-profit organizations facilitating community engagement, mind/body exploration, and contemporary art workshops through an environmental science lens. She is inspired by the kindness of strangers, the joy of children, and the wisdom of our world(s) and is excited to witness all the positive change SLP students create!