Andrea Ayvazian, Director

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The Rev. Dr. Andrea Ayvazian has been inspired to create and lead the Sojourner Truth School for Social Change Leadership. A veteran of every peace and social change movement since the 1960s, when she was radicalized at Oberlin College during the Vietnam War, Andrea has never stopped being an activist and trainer.

An ordained pastor in the United Church of Christ, Andrea served as Dean of Religious Life at Mount Holyoke College for ten years. She then went on to revitalize the Haydenville Congregational Church in Western Massachusetts, which grew from a congregation of 13 people to almost 300 people during her dozen years as the Senior Pastor.

Andrea is a long-time war tax resister, a nonviolence and peacekeeper trainer, a frequent speaker on strategies for effective movement building, and she writes a monthly column on the intersection of faith, culture and politics for the Daily Hampshire Gazette in Northampton, MA. She holds degrees from Oberlin College, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Duke University, the Graduate School of the Union Institute, and Yale Divinity School. Her papers, chronicling over four decades of movement activism, have been collected and archived at the Smith College Women’s History Archive as part of their permanent collection.


Contact Andrea at director@truthschool.org.