Kendall Lovely is a student at the University of New Mexico, pursuing an undergraduate degree in comparative literature, cultural studies, and anthropology. This time next year Kendall hopes to be enrolled in a graduate program for cultural studies with emphasis on either critical or literary and cultural theory. She was raised in a secular household that emphasized the importance of questioning institutional authorities and identifies as an Atheist Jew.
She began her activism the second week of her freshman year, when she was recruited by New Mexico’s Public Interest Research Group to help them register voters for 2012 election. With the New Voters Project, Kendall registered over 1,500 new voters on campus!
Her activism with NMPIRG led to her to happily discover the University of New Mexico Secular Student Alliance, and she is now the group's event coordinator. She has participated in many of their events including a Hug-An-Atheist Day fundraiser for their local Light the Night walk, community service events, and working on the Unholy Trinity tour in which they brought the speakers Aron Ra, Matt Dillahunty, and Seth Andrews to UNM’s campus.
Kendall also helped found an affiliate of the women’s rights group, the Feminist Majority Foundation, on her campus and is their events chair. Last fall, she worked with FMF to counter a New Mexico state ban on abortions past twenty weeks, a ban that was proposed and pushed by non-secular groups from outside of the state. Due to her efforts to counter this ban, Kendall endured personal attacks.