Ashley Noelle Ver Beek (she/her) holds a B.A. in critical ethnic studies and political science from Kalamazoo College and is passionate about the pursuit of racial and gender equity and justice across various fields. Before coming to Sojourners, Ashley worked with state policy advocacy and organizing around school pushout at YWCA Kalamazoo. She spent two years as a legal assistant at an immigration law office and has also facilitated bilingual academic support programs for youth.
Her undergraduate thesis on state gender violence and Indigenous women’s resistance in Ecuador centered on the experiences of Indigenous women’s embodied protest against the state. Ashley explores the relationships between justice, religion, empire, embodied spiritual practices, and white supremacy in her academic and personal projects. She is passionate about journalism as a way to amplify and re-center voices that have been suppressed by dominant narratives in church, politics, and media.
Ashley credits the work of Audre Lorde, Dr. Christena Cleveland’s “unlearning whitemalegod,” Lisa Betasamosake Simpson, and many more for allowing her to be transformed by the process of decolonizing practice, theology, and ways of knowing.
In her downtime, Ashley can be found reading, climbing mountains, curating Spotify playlists, experimenting in the kitchen, and talking to strangers until they wind up becoming dear friends.