Volunteer 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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