Born and raised in Fort Wayne, IN, Jalyn Radziminski is a Black-Japanese activist, whose work is dedicated to advocating for voter rights, racial equity, and accessibility for the BIPOC Disability Community.
Jalyn founded Count US IN, the first Indiana-based non-partisan nonprofit and movement that advocates to increase and diversify political participation and voter turnout. In partnership with Humanity in Action, Jalyn hosted a Racial Justice and Accessibility Fellowship through Count US IN to support civic engagement campaigns led by Hoosiers that identify as Black, in the Disability Community and impacted by incarceration. Currently, Jalyn is working through Count US IN to build statewide BIPOC, Disability-led voting rights coalitions to educate, empower, and defend voting rights access.
Radziminski is an elected Commissioner for Indiana Disability Rights’ Protection and Advocacy Services.
Jalyn’s advocacy has been featured by the American Association for People with Disabilities, Mental Health America, Asian American Studies Collective, Atlanta NPR, Indiana Governor Council for People with Disabilities, Humanity in Action USA News, Poor People’s Campaign – Bloomington , Emory University News, as well as general and Black-owned outlets across Indiana (Journal Gazette, The Ink Spot, Bring It On!, WPTA21 Fort Wayne, WRTV Indianapolis, Times Union, Ink Free News, and more).
Jalyn is a 2020-2021 Racial Equity Grant Recipient. This 10-month grant recognizes the impactful work of Humanity in Action Fellows and Senior Fellows as they support racial equity and #BlackLivesMatter. In addition to the financial support, Humanity in Action staff provides mentoring to support the implementation of the Grant winning projects. For more information on the grantees click here.
Updated June 2021
More from Jalyn Radziminski-Smith
Jalyn Radziminski meets Vice President Kamala Harris
Jalyn Radziminski met Vice President Kamala Harris to talk about disability voting rights and different barriers US communities face.
Jalyn Radziminski speaks at Juneteenth Celebration 2021 in Warsaw, IN
Jalyn Radziminski spoke at Juneteenth Celebration 2021 in Warsaw, IN - right after Juneteenth became a federal holiday.
Count US IN Panel : The Next Generation of Young Black Activists
Senior Fellow and 2020 Racial Equity Grant recipient Jalyn Radziminski will be participating in Count US IN panel "The Next Generation of Young Black Activists."
Count US IN: Racial Justice and Accessibility Fellowship
Jalyn Radziminski's Racial Equity project focuses on expanding Count US IN. With the grant, Jalyn launched the Racial Justice and Accessibility Fellowship.
Authentic Disability Representation Panel with Jalyn Radziminski
Fellow Jalyn Radziminski has recently co-hosted and moderated the panel RepresentationMatters: Authentic Disability Representation for Indiana Governor's Council for People with Disabilities, Indiana Statewide Independent Living Council, and Count US IN Inc.
Announcing the recipients of the 2020 racial equity grant
We are delighted to announce the recipients of the 2020 Humanity in Action Racial Equity Grant! Senior Fellows Jalyn Radziminski, Jasmine Rashid, Michael Scott, and Samson Lim will receive grants to create new initiatives or further their existing projects that focus on racial justice in the US.
Your Voice Matters
Senior Fellow Jalyn Radziminski recently appeared in WRTV Indianapolis news. She is working on a project together with Myles Trowell. They are supporting people in the United States to register for the general elections. They want to achieve a more diverse and democratic election. Their message: #YourVoiceMatters and #countusindiana.
Thank you to our 2020 US Review and Admissions Committees
As every year, Humanity in Action received many applications for our Fellowships in Europe and Atlanta this year. We are so grateful to the dedicated Senior Fellows and friends who volunteered their time and energy in reading and reviewing applications.
Thank you to our 2019 US Review and Admissions Committees
ATL Girl Up Regional Leadership Summit
This Summit hosted workshops & speeches about Girl Up, UNICEF, Planned Parenthood, , Women in Technology, Advocacy, and more.