She is interested in finding connections between justice, education, creativity, and the soul. She is a regular contributor to the website Baha’iteachings.org.
She currently serves at the Baha’i House of Worship for North America, located on the Chicago North Shore, where she is focused on education and community life: How do we nurture spaces for the real conversations and relationship-building at the root of social change?
Her aim is to foster bonds of mutual learning and trust, especially between communities where there is a legacy of fear and oppression.
Andréana has lived and traveled throughout the United States, UK, Europe and the Middle East. She has a BA International Relations and Education from American University in Washington DC, and an MSc in Philosophy & Public Policy from the London School of Economics, where she studied “narrative exclusion”: Why do certain people get left out – or pushed to the margins – of the stories we tell as a society?
Some of the organizations she has worked with include Ashoka, the Institute for Educational Leadership, Eastside Educational Trust, the European Press Prize, and The Guardian. She has also worked on documentaries for broadcast on National Public Radio and the BBC, including Maziar Bahari‘s documentary film To Light a Candle.
Her writing has been recognized by LSE’s Bernard Levin Award for Student Journalism, The Atlantic‘s Student Writing Competition, and The Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics. She is a Rotary Peace Fellow (2010-2011) and a former contributor to On Being. Most recently, her poetry appeared in the United Nations’ world poetry anthology, The Delight Tree.
In 2014, Andréana designed and taught course at Central European University called “Voice and World” exploring the intersection of self-expression and social justice.
From 2015-2016, she served as a Public Policy Fellow with the Baha’i Office of Public Affairs in Washington DC, where she mapped and engaged in nationwide discourses on race, equity, gender, and human rights.
She gives workshops on self-expression and poetry to people of all ages.