Katie, Millennium Fellow 2015-2016


Katie graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Health and Societies. She is currently a graduate student at Penn's Fels Institute of Government and the Co­founder/Co­director of AsylumConnect (a volunteer initiative that will seek to provide LGBT asylum seekers in the U.S. with lifesaving online informational resources). AsylumConnect is building the first website (www.asylumconnect.org) and mobile app to feature a centralized database of service providers useful to LGBT asylum seekers. The AsylumConnect catalog will help persecuted LGBT people find basic human needs resources upon their arrival in the U.S. As the Millennium Campus Conference’s (MCC15) Millennium Peace Prize winner, Katie launched the AsylumConnect global peace campaign at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. Katie hopes to grow AsylumConnect’s impact and to continue to raise awareness for the 300,000 LGBT asylum seekers in the U.S.