Affirmations
Volunteer Spotlight

AFFIRMATIONS’ VOLUNTEER AND INTERN SPOTLIGHT:
Harper Liles
They, Them, Theirs


Affirmations has been incredibly fortunate to receive the support of volunteers since our founding in 1989. Volunteers work throughout Affirmations beginning at our Welcome & Resource Desk and extending through the youth programming, the Bayard Rustin Media Center, and even special events! In the following Q&A, Affirmations’ Intern Harper talks about their deep commitment here at the center.

How long have you been involved with Affirmations?

10 months. I’ve been here since January, so almost a year now! harper

What made you want to get involved with Affirmations’ internship program?

I needed to complete an internship for my degree and I wanted to find something that I was passionate about. I’ve always loved being involved with the LGBTQ+ community, so I thought I would try to get an internship with Affirmations. I love what the organization does for the community, which made it a great fit for me!

Why is Affirmations important to you?

It’s a way to give back. There’s a lot of negativity in the world right now, so it feels like a good way to make a change and to show that you care.

Are you involved with any specific groups at Affirmations?

Youth programs! I’ve done Workforce, Leadership, the Drop-in Center and special events like the Homecoming Halloween Dance. I absolutely love working with the youth.

What are you passionate about outside of volunteering?

I’m extremely passionate about research! I am involved with the cognitive psychology lab at U of M-Dearborn. It’s really amazing being able to contribute to science and furthering our understanding of how we think, process information and make decisions. Also, I’m very involved with advocacy. I do work with our campus organization for women & gender advocacy. We do a lot to raise awareness for sexual assault on campus and for gender disparities.

Volunteer and Intern Spotlight

Harper Liles

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