Assistant Art Director

I was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio and am a recent graduate of Kent State University, where I received a B.A. in visual communication design with a minor in sociology. That combination of interests — social justice and art/multimedia, along with faith — is what ultimately brought me here to Sojourners.

My heart for justice work steadily began to take shape throughout college as I connected my experiences to the theories and research studies I read in my Sociology classes. Then, as a design major, I found that my projects always followed a pattern of being justice centered, as I translated heavier topics into graphic form. I began to realize that at my core, I am someone who yearns to tell stories through different forms of media and make them accessible, while also finding ways to share my faith.

This past summer I spent time with inner-city high school students, teaching different forms of media through the lens of the Flint Water crisis. Currently, I am passionate about educational reform and preventing the school to prison pipeline, along with issues of environmental racism, gun reform, housing injustice, and highlighting marginalized voices in media.

My other passions and hobbies include photography, filmmaking, and scouring the internet for new recipes. While at Sojourners, I hope to learn, strategize, and practice what it truly means to put faith into action, and how to capture it well. On an average day, you can find me playing The Sims 4, exploring art museums, or making music on my iPad. I am so thankful to God for how He has been leading me from season to season and to each and every person I’ve met along this life journey. So much love to my NEO Impact family, my biological family, and the friends that have become family over the years. 

Posts By This Author

Creators Out of Absence: The Sacred Materials of Black Artists

by Candace Sanders 02-27-2020

Image via Candace Sanders. 

When who you are has been defined by outside representatives, to keep from slipping away you have to grasp onto what is tangible, what is real, what you know to be you. There is a consistent reconciliation of self, from you to your audience, you to your work, and you to yourself.

'WAVES' Shows the Real-time Ripple Effect of Trauma

by Candace Sanders 11-19-2019

Image via 'Waves' trailer 

Every moment feels true to life, and the literal waves — the peaks of emotion and the sinking tragedies — carry viewers up and down, a rhythm as unpredictable as it as captivating. WAVES is a film for 2019, that does not shy away from the music and actions of teenagers living in 2019.

PHOTOS: As Scotus Hears DACA Arguments, Thousands Gather to Demand Protections

by Candace Sanders 11-12-2019

Image via Candace Sanders/Sojourners 

The DACA oral arguments drew thousands of protesters, DACA recipients, faith leaders, and organizers to the steps of the Supreme Court.

PHOTOS: Faith Leaders Engage in Civil Disobedience for Refugees

by Candace Sanders 10-16-2019

On Oct.15, faith leaders, human rights groups, refugees, and the former Assistant Secretary of State Anne C. Richard came together to hold a major action on Capitol Hill in protest of the current administration's 80 percent cut to the refugee admissions program. 

PHOTOS: Youth Activists Lead the Global Climate Strike in D.C.

by Candace Sanders 09-20-2019

On Sept. 20, youth activists led a climate strike march in Washington, D.C. in solidarity with millions of other young people striking around the world today. Thousands of youth organizations, activists, and protesters gathered at John Marshall Park and marched to the Capitol to mobilize action for the current climate crisis. Today's global climate strikes kick off an upcoming week of international climate action that will address the necessary steps towards change. These are photos from the event. 

Activists Rally Behind 'Second Look' Amendment Act for Incarcerated Youth

by Candace Sanders 09-16-2019

Image via Candace Sanders

The Second Look Act is the third iteration of the IRAA — a 2106 D.C. Council created law that addresses issues of young offenders in the District. IRAA’s 2016 version provided relief and reconsideration for juveniles that were tried as adults — those who had served at least 20 years and had not yet qualified for parole — could petition to have their sentences reduced by the superior court. The revised 2019 version of the law would allow juveniles who’d served 15 years, as well as those who’d been denied parole, the ability to request a sentence reduction. 

PHOTOS: Traveling Interactive Art Brings Attention to Workplace Harassment

by Candace Sanders 09-10-2019

On Sept. 10, women's advocacy groups, survivors of workplace harassment, women's rights organizations, and other advocates partnered with Washington, D.C. artist Yacine Tilala Fall to create an interactive art installation designed to direct attention the BE HEARD in the Workplace Act — the first comprehensive federal legislation that addresses workplace harassment. These are photos from the gathering.