Laena Haagensen (she/her/hers) is a queer, biracial Indian/Norwegian woman and creative (singer-songwriter) who is truly honored to be the Administrative & Operations Coordinator at S.O.U.L. Sisters Leadership Collective.
Laena is passionate about centering the leadership of black, brown, and indigenous girls and nonbinary youth most impacted by oppressive systems: she believes systems-involved black, brown, and indigenous girls thriving as their authentic selves, healing, and leading is central to liberation. She aims on being restorative justice circle-trained with SSLC.
Laena graduated from Vassar College with her B.A. in Women’s Studies, focusing on black, brown, and indigenous feminisms centering a black feminist, queer, trans, nonbinary and prison abolitionist lens. Before joining SSLC, she has worked with organizations like M*Power, J.O.Y., and Adelante, all of which center the leadership of under-resourced black and brown youth through the arts. She also wrote her thesis, “Women, Islam, & the State in Pakistan,” on how Muslim Pakistani women are interrupting cycles of state violence. Laena was raised in a Muslim family and currently practices spirituality in a way that is queer, uses the aforementioned approaches, and is fulfilling to her.