We’re so excited to introduce you to the 2020-2021 QVS Fellows! We have over 30 young adults eager to begin their year with QVS. Here are just a few highlights from our incoming Fellow cohort!
- Rose Shuker-Haines has long been immersed in Quaker spirituality and activism, and is excited to continue doing environmental justice work with Massachusetts Climate Action Network in Boston!
- Lydia Bateman spent summers as a camp counselor at Mountain Friends Camp, and is excited to support youth in a community centered on Quaker values at The Friends School of Minnesota in the Twin Cities!
- Sam Downs helped run a weekly dinner for international students during college, and is eager to pursue justice and equity at Nationalities Service Center in Philadelphia!
- Celia Rayfiel explored issues related to migration, labor, and gender at Earlham College, and is thrilled to be working with the Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon’s HIV Day Center in Portland!
Incoming Fellow Highlights (click on a picture below to read the Fellow's full bio)
Hailing from Brooklyn, NY, Celia Rayfiel has recently graduated from Earlham College with degrees in History and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. During her time at Earlham, Celia explored issues related to migration, labor, and gender. She was able to pursue these interests by participating in a semester abroad on the US/Mexico border, where she worked and lived in a refugee shelter. Celia ended her senior year by writing a thesis on the Bath Riots, a series of protests regarding public health on the border. In her time at Earlham, Celia also participated in clubs such as Action Against Sexual Violence, the Earlham Historical Journal, and Dance Alloy. After spending four years in a Quaker institution as well as attending FCNL’s Spring Lobby weekend, Celia has come to appreciate the simplicity and intentionality of living with Quaker principles. Celia is excited to explore the West Coast for the first time and looks forward to seeing all the fantastic nature in Portland! Celia is thrilled to be working with The Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon’s HIV day center.
Lydia Bateman grew up in the urban desert of Mesa, Arizona. They spent their childhood immersed in the Quaker community at Tempe Monthly Meeting. Lydia is a recent graduate of Soka University of America. During their time in college, Lydia spent a semester abroad in Paris, worked at the Performing Arts Center, stage managed many plays, and performed with a sketch comedy club. Their Capstone focused on gatekeeping within the transgender community. As a camp counselor and Counselor-in-Training coordinator at Mountain Friends Camp, Lydia has spent their summers finding creative ways to engage and support youth in a community centered on Quaker values. They are excited to continue this community-building work in the Twin Cities house and through their work at Friends School of Minnesota!
Rose Shuker-Haines has long been immersed in Quaker spirituality and activism, having grown up with family deeply involved in the Quaker community and having close ties to Quaker intentional communities. She is interested in how we can build radical and loving communities and is excited about learning more about building these communities in her year with QVS. She recently graduated from Wesleyan University where she studied Political Science and American Studies, with concentrations in Political Theory and Indigenous Studies. At college, she was also involved in the student farm and the prison education program, and she wants to continue to work on issues of food justice and prison abolition. Last summer she worked with Boston-based environmental justice organization Alternatives for Community and Environment and she is excited to continue doing environmental justice work with MCAN this coming year.
Sam Downs grew up in Frederick, MD and graduated from The University of Alabama with a degree in Civil Engineering. During college, Sam was on the junior board of Sweet Water Outreach, a non-profit focusing on health, sanitation, and water access in Kenya and Tanzania. He also enjoyed helping run a weekly dinner for international students, to welcome them to campus, and build lasting friendships. He is excited to work with QVS and gain new intentional relationships while growing spiritually.
Sam also enjoys playing music, listening to music. mountain biking, skateboarding, skiing and trying new activities and experiences. He is very excited to pursue learning, justice and equity, with compassion and kindness, at Nationalities Service Center as an Employment Readiness Case Manager.
We hope you will follow along on Facebook or Instagram as we continue to introduce a QVS Fellow every weekday through August. You can like a post, drop a comment, and help us welcome these amazing young adults into a year with QVS!
Updates on National Orientation
Typically we welcome Fellows at the start of the year with an in-person five-day National Orientation. Since 2014, we gathered at Pendle Hill to welcome and orient Fellows to a year of intentional Quaker Service engagement.
With COVID-19, we are shifting National Orientation to an online format, with Fellows participating from their program houses. Help us with this, and other necessary programmatic shifts, by giving a gift today.