PAST FELLOWS (SPRING 2017)
Ayanna Perry (Training Fellow) is a senior from Greensboro, NC. She is majoring in History at Johnson C.Smith University. She hopes to continue the work on her campus focusing on LGBTQ issues and educating her campus community.
Nhawndie Smith (Training Fellow) is a Senior Political Science student attending NC A&T in Greensboro, NC. They believe in the transformative work of collective struggle and are dedicated to liberation through education. In this current political moment, they plan to elevate the voices of those most marginalized and create radical alternatives to the illegitimate authorities that wreak havoc on all oppressed peoples globally.
Zach Easterling (Training Fellow) is a second-semester graduate student at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, where they are working toward an MA in Ethics and Applied Philosophy and a graduate certificate in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Their goal is to continue to manifest a commitment to wisdom and harmony by contributing their labor as a philosopher to Ignite NC and the broad movement for justice.
Buka Ibeziako (Training Fellow): was born in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, but has spent most of their life in the Triangle. They are very passionate about the liberation of all oppressed people.
Anne Dugger (Training Fellow) is a recent alumnus of Appalachian State University, who currently lives in her hometown of Asheville, NC. During her last semester at Appalachian, she worked with Ignite NC as an organizing fellow focused on Higher Education issues and the Black Lives Matter movement on and off campus. She is excited to be joining back up with Ignite to further her skills in leadership and training so as to inspire and uplift other youth voices. Her hopes for organizing this term is to explore the role of art in social movements and how that can further mobilize individuals and promote community engagement.
Taliesha Holmes (Training Fellow): is from Fayetteville NC, she attends Shaw University, the oldest HBCU in the south! Throughout the semester she hopes to bring different organizing techniques to her peers, encouraging them to push and break boundaries of the status quo and fight for what’s right for the people.
Ajamu Dillahunt (Training Fellow): is a sophomore at North Carolina Central University majoring in Political Science and History. He is from Raleigh North Carolina. He looks forward to building a black student united front and organizing HBCU students.
Courtney Sebring (Training Fellow)
N’Dea Wilson (Training Fellow): is a student at UNCG majoring in Women’s and Gender Studies with a double minor in Sociology and African American and African Diaspora Studies. She is a queer black woman dedicated to collective liberation and centering queer and trans people of color in the struggle towards it.
Angum Check (Organizing Fellow) was born in Bali, Cameroon before moving to Prince Georges County, Maryland at the age of 7 and has lived there ever since. She is now a sophomore at the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill studying Philosophy and African studies in hopes of becoming a lawyer one day. Since coming to North Carolina she has been active in both on-campus and community organizations focused on social justice. Angum hopes this fellowship will introduce her to a larger community of like-minded people ready to fight for liberation and turn up this semester, these next four years and beyond until we are all free.
Tiyai Curry (Organizing Fellow): is a 24-year-old parent from New Jersey who is dedicated to liberation for all black and brown folks. They attend Guilford College majoring in African American Studies and Sociology. They hope to aid in the turn-up and education of others as well as learning all they can in the process.
Chasyn Carter (Organizing Fellow): is a Sophomore Journalism student at North Carolina A&T State University. While from Charleston, South Carolina, she considers Greensboro, N.C. & her university to her community and home away from home. This semester, Chasyn hopes to advance her political education, connect with like-minded individuals and create more spaces for healing, education, and expression for her community.
Jasmine Hall (Organizing Fellow) is a Fayetteville, NC native, and currently attends Johnson C. Smith University, located in Charlotte, NC. She is a graduating senior, studying Communication Arts. She hopes to organize events on her campus to bring students together to make change in her community.
Lauren Coker (Organizing Fellow) is a current student at UNC Charlotte majoring in Philosophy & Political Science and minoring in Holocaust, Genocide & Human Rights. She is a member of Customer49, a leftist student organization dedicated to fighting for social, economic, and environmental justice both on campus and in the Charlotte community. She’s passionate about fighting against all systems of oppression. Also, she really really likes memes.
Tekala Mosley (Organizing Fellow) was born and raised in Raleigh, North Carolina. She is currently attending Wake Technical Community College with hopes of transferring to Meredith College. She is looking forward to learning how to effectively organize and getting more in involved with the youth of her community.
Jess McDonald (Organizing Fellow) is a queer trans Southerner from Morehead City, NC. They currently live in Asheville for a year-long fellowship doing prevention education at a rape crisis center. Their background is in social justice education, intergroup dialogue, and LGBTQIA+ youth work with an anti-oppression lens.
Nikolaus Knight (Organizing Fellow) is a student from Greensboro, NC who attends North Carolina A&T State University and studies Political Science. He is a musician and a singer by trade. Nikolaus hopes to help change the culture of North Carolina and use the skills he learns from Ignite NC to continue bringing a stronger spiritual awareness to the movement for the people’s liberation.
Lesly Vasquez (Organizing Fellow) was raised in Asheboro, NC and is currently a junior at Guilford College, where she is majoring in English and minoring in Photography. She is a student leader on campus. Her passion for social justice drives her to continue working on dismantling all forms of oppression in her community and at her predominantly white institution.
JaNesha Slaughter (Organizing Fellow): is a fourth-year student at the University of North Carolina at Asheville and is pursuing her degree in Political Science, with a minor in History. With plans to pursue a career in K-12 education as a US history teacher, Jae is a firm believer in the power of pedagogy and praxis. We ought to question our world, and we ought to participate in leaving it better than when we came into it. As an IgniteNC fellow, Jae hopes to encourage fellow college students to pursue their right to autonomy and accessibility within higher education.
Jordan Brusso (Organizing Fellow) was born and raised in Raleigh, NC and came to UNC Charlotte a year and a half ago to study International Public Relations, Journalism, and Russian Language. She’s a founding member of Customer49, a leftist student organizing group fighting to secure justice for students and oppressed communities, and an occasional op-ed writer for the NinerTimes. She hopes to continue organizing students and propagating Charlotte Uprising and IgniteNC causes at UNCC.
Jasmine White (Organizing Fellow): is a sophomore from Charlotte, North Carolina studying Business Administration at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In wake of recent events, Jasmine realized she could no longer be silent. She has decided to join the Resistance and become a better advocate for the greater community of North Carolina. She plans to graduate college in the next two years to continue to work with leaders to fight injustice.
Evans Schmedtje (Organizing Fellow): is a junior at Davidson College where they are a Gender and Sexuality Studies major. Proudly from the Appalachian mountains of Southwest Virginia, Evans strongly believes in southern revolution. In their free time, Evans loves to write, walk, watch sappy queer films and read dystopian literature.
Nandi Mulagha (Organizing Fellow): is from Fredericksburg, VA. She is currently a sophomore studying Geography and International Studies at East Carolina University. She is interested in the liberation and rights for all marginalized people as well as equal education opportunities for poor communities. She hopes to ensure sanctuary campuses at as many schools as possible this semester.
Amber Sturdivant (Organizing Fellow): is from the Charlotte area and a sophomore at East Carolina University. This semester she will be putting a lot of focus on making her university a sanctuary campus. She also plans to work towards bridging the gap between the students of ECU and the Greenville community. Amber wants to create sustainable change and build the movement’s base in eastern NC.
Joseph Quisol (Communications Fellow) Quisol is a musician and organizer from Charlotte, NC. He recently graduated with a degree in Political Science and International Studies from the College of Charleston and hopes to leverage the arts to support activism and build community in his hometown.
Delaney Vandergrift (Communications Fellow): is a communications fellow for the spring 2017 fellowship class. She is a sophomore political science student at the illustrious North Carolina A&T State University. She hopes to learn how to strategically communicate concepts and theories to the masses.
Everette Seay (Communications Fellow): is from Knoxville, Tennessee and is currently a junior at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. They are majoring in Middle Grades Education with concentrations in Language Arts and Social Studies as well as minoring in Appalachian Studies. Hannah is a leader with Appalachian Social Justice Educators, App State Student Power and is a Sexual Health peer advocate and counselor with WE CAN on App State’s campus.
Brittany Weatherall (Communications Fellow): is attending East Carolina University and is a sophomore majoring in Nursing. She enjoys working to build and empower marginalized groups while also helping those with similar interests.
A.P. Faust (Communications Fellow): is a Durham native currently living in Greensboro. He is an active member of the Greensboro Mural Project and likes to explore how the arts play a role in self//community care, popular education, and experiential learning.