Past Ignite Fellows – Spring 2014


Laci Ollison is a Junior Journalism and Mass Communications Major at North
Carolina A&T State University.  During the 2013 Greensboro local elections, she was an assistant volunteer coordinator for the Beloved Community Center’s “Get Out The Vote” campaign.



Lela Ali is a sophomore at North Carolina State University. She is originally from Egypt but was raised in Rocky Mount, NC. Lela is double majoring in Political Science and International Studies with a concentration in Middle Eastern Studies.  After graduation, she plans to attend law school and pursue a career in immigration law.






Amina Bility is an North Carolina native and intern at the Youth Organizing Institute. She’s passionate about social justice, particularly education justice and women’s rights. In her free time she enjoys reading and writing.



Beth Brown is a first-year student at UNC-Chapel Hill majoring Peace, War and Defense and Economics with a minor in Arabic, from Cary, NC. She works with the North Carolina Student Power Union organizing the state university system to lower tuition and increase access to higher education.






Victor Bynum is a Durham resident, graduate of Jordan High School, and a current student at Vance-Granville Community College.  Victor has been working for over a year with the Coalition for Liberty and Justice for Carlos Riley, Jr.  In his fellowship he will continue to work with other youth, students, and community members for police accountability in Durham.



Mary-Kaylie Cranford is a sophomore at NC State majoring in Political Science minoring in Women and Gender Studies and English. I am the mentor at the Women of Welch, which is a social justice centered village at State. I participate in in the Student Power Union chapter on campus. I am the proud owner of a baby tortoise and a handsome bearded dragon.






Jessica Injejikian majored in history and applied anthropology from UNC Charlotte in 2012 with the intention to use history as a tool to educate the public about politics, economics, and society. She has always had a passion for such education, which eventually pushed her out of graduate school and into community activism.  She is passionate about equal rights and wants to make the impact needed during this historically significant time of instant information, ferociously advancing technologies, and global uprising.


Nina Rhoades is a sophomore psych major at App state. I am passionate about women’s issues and art, and hope to be an art therapist someday.




Mary-Wren Ritchie, 21, is a senior at UNC Charlotte where she is pursuing a degree in Communication Studies concentrating in public relations and minoring in journalism. Ritchie cofounded Niners for Planned Parenthood, a club at UNC Charlotte, to educate students about the organization and advocate for women’s rights.