MEGAN JEYIFO (she/her) builds meaningful social spaces, bridging authenticity with a bold politic. She is the former assistant director of operations at Arts + Public Life at the University of Chicago, where she built creative connections on Chicago’s south side through artist residencies, exhibitions and programming, youth education, and cultural entrepreneurship. She formerly led Currency Exchange Cafe and BING Art Books, two social enterprises in Washington Park. The cultural and commercial venues she directed on behalf of Rebuild Foundation united community redevelopment, entrepreneurship, workforce development, and artist-led engagement. Megan has served in various capacities for CAF, as helpline volunteer, helpline coordinator, and board co-chair. She is also a storyteller with We Testify, a development program of the National Network of Abortion Funds dedicated to increasing the spectrum of abortion storytellers in the public sphere and shifting the way the media understands the context and complexity of accessing abortion care. Megan is a founding member of the Studio Eight collective, a team of creatives that believes communities thrive when all individuals have access to an ecology of culture, arts, and wellness. Megan lives on the south side and is the proud mama of twins who are four years old.
QUDSIYYAH SHARIYF (she/they) is a fierce advocate for reproductive justice and an aspiring birth worker. At the core of Qudsiyyah’s passion for reproductive justice is an understanding of all people’s inherent worth and a sense of duty to ensure dignity, respect, and empathy for all. Her reproductive justice journey began in the summer of 2016 when she served as an Access Counselor with Women's Medical Fund in Philadelphia, PA. During her undergraduate career at the University of Chicago, Qudsiyyah founded Project Reproductive Freedom, a student advocacy organization dedicated to raising awareness about reproductive justice issues and supporting local reproductive justice organizations in the Chicagoland area. As an aspiring birth worker, Qudsiyyah hopes to build community support networks and collective power through providing individuals and families with the tools to empower and advocate for themselves and their communities. Each day Qudsiyyah strives to embody and practice an unapologetically Black, queer, feminist, and anti-capitalist politic.
AALAP BOMMARAJU (they/them) is a PhD candidate at the University of Cincinnati, hoping to graduate..soon! They explore how people transform reproductive care through everyday cultural and political practices. They are interning with CAF as part of their dissertation project: a social history of the passage and implementation of a 2017 Illinois law that regained abortion coverage for recipients of Illinois Medicaid. At CAF, Aalap is helping to develop a follow-up study of funding recipients’ experiences when seeking abortion care in Illinois.
ALICIA HURTADO (they/she) strives to push the boundaries of what is possible using an abolitionist lens and radical imagination. Alicia is a third-year undergraduate student at the University of Chicago studying Sociology and Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies (CRES). As a Sociology research assistant and a student, Alicia aims to understand the ways that knowledge can support social movements, and how to be “in but not of” the University, to cite Fred Moten. In their free time, Alicia is a student organizer with #CareNotCops, where they focus on building people power to defund, disarm, and disband the University of Chicago Police Department. Alicia formerly worked as a Youth Programming Intern for Arts + Public Life at the University of Chicago and as a Field and Digital Intern for Julián Castro’s presidential campaign based in Iowa. Alicia is drawn to reproductive justice work due to its unapologetic intersectionality, and is dedicated to building communities of care and spaces to imagine a truly liberatory future for all people.