Alum Stories

Organizing the Co-liberating Power of the Gospel

Cassandra Chee (G-ETS 2021) came to Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in 2018 with a call to ministry – but not necessarily a call to the church.

“The only thing I felt certain about was that I wanted to learn how to live the Gospel in more liberating ways alongside those most vulnerable in my communities.”

Thanks to a connection she made during her Field Education placement at Garrett-Evangelical, Chee was able to find work that allowed her to equip people to respond to injustice in their community in ways driven by their faith.

She is now the director of community organizing at Faith Action for Community Equity (Faith Action), an interfaith grassroots organization on the Island of Oahu in Hawaii that addresses the root causes of social injustices facing the community. Among other things, she is currently working on criminal justice reform and shutting down a Navy facility that has polluted the area’s water supply.

“I like working at Faith Action because I am able to connect people of multiple faiths and backgrounds together to make change in our community.”

Chee, who earned a bachelor’s degree in visual communications design from the University of Washington, is also a printmaker. “I love telling stories through art,” she said.