Bio

Valarie Kaur is an award-winning filmmaker, civil rights advocate, and interfaith leader who centers her work around the power of storytelling. She is the founder of Groundswell at Auburn Seminary, a non-profit initiative with 100,000 members that equips people of faith in social change. She has led national campaigns responding to hate crimes, racial profiling, immigration detention, marriage equality, and solitary confinement.Valarie is a prolific public speaker and frequent political contributor on MSNBC to the Melissa Harris-Perry Show. Her opinion essays regularly appear on CNN, The Washington Post, and The Huffington Post. Valarie earned degrees at Stanford University, Harvard Divinity School, and Yale Law School, where she founded the Yale Visual Law Project to train students in the art of storytelling for social change.

Valarie has been called “a standout figure in the world of interfaith organizing and activism” and “one of the most exceptional speakers and thinkers” of her generation. The Center for American Progress lists her among 13 national faith leaders to watch in 2013. She has received commendation for her leadership from the State of California and delivered the 2013 Baccalaureate address for Stanford University.

Follow Valarie on Twitter @valariekaur

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