SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The American Civil Liberties Union of South Dakota has promoted Kadyn Wittman to full-time Community Engagement Associate to coordinate outreach with communities throughout the state of South Dakota.
As the Community Engagement Associate, Wittman will partner with legal, advocacy and communications staff to grow volunteer opportunities and community involvement with the ACLU. The Community Engagement Associate position is new to the ACLU of South Dakota and was created to meet observed needs in communities across the state. Previously, Wittman served as the ACLU’s Administrative Coordinator.
Prior to joining the ACLU, Wittman worked as the Work Study Coordinator at Augustana University’s Mikkelsen Library and volunteered her time on the board of several local non-profits. During her four years at the Mikkelsen Library, she developed and integrated student engagement events and training and mentored freshman student workers.
Wittman is passionate about building community developing future leaders. In January 2017, Wittman and a group of fellow advocates organized the Women’s March in downtown Sioux Falls, drawing a crowd of more than 3,500 people. She is an active volunteer with Planned Parenthood of South Dakota and is a former board member of PFLAG South Dakota.
The South Dakota National Chapter of the ACLU is a non-partisan organization dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of civil liberties and civil rights. The ACLU believes freedoms of press, speech, assembly, and religion, and the rights to due process, equal protection, and privacy are fundamental to a free people. In addition, the ACLU seeks to advance constitutional protections for groups traditionally denied their rights, including people of color, women, and the LGBT communities.
The ACLU of South Dakota carries out its work through selective litigation, lobbying at the state and local level, and through public education and awareness of what the Bill of Rights means for people of South Dakota.