Rod has been involved with what would later become UVIP since the very beginning in 2004. He served as UVIP’s first president, from 2009 to 2011 and again from 2013 to 2017, and has been Executive Director since 2017. He has been involved with virtually every campaign UVIP has ever conducted. These range from improving public transportation, to creating warming shelters for people who are homeless, to fighting predatory payday and car title lending practices, to fighting for a minimum wage, to aging with dignity, to the new immigrant justice campaign.
Asma joined UVIP as the new Lead Organizer in 2018. Prior to her arrival in the Upper Valley, Asma was most recently the Communications Outreach Director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, where she was responsible for representing the organization. She has also worked on numerous social justice issues in Georgia, including the right for undocumented students to attend state colleges, the right to livable wages through the Fight for $15 campaign, and on the negative effects of gentrification on communities. Growing up as a person of color in the US and an immigrant from a working class family has led Asma to want to organize around these important issues. Asma believes that there is a real power when people of faith and people of consciousness and values come together to organize for a more just society. She also believes in the concept of collective liberation - that no one is free until we are all free. She thinks that in order for this to happen, it is vital to center impacted communities when organizing around certain issues. Asma is excited to put her beliefs into action and join UVIP and our fights for
racial and economic justice.
Tola Akinwumi joined UVIP in the summer of 2019 as a content creator and communications intern. As an undergraduate at Dartmouth College, she is majoring in Government and minoring in Spanish. Tola is a member of the Varsity Women’s Volleyball team, holds a marketing position at the Magnuson Center for Entrepreneurship and has been involved in the Rockefeller Center’s leadership programs. Outside of campus, Tola is involved with various organizations championing for immigration and criminal justice reform. Last summer, Tola went to Nigeria and worked closely with local officials to implement leadership programs for elementary and middle school students in Akure. During the winter of 2019, Tola also interned with a law firm in Los Angeles.