Past Ignite Fellows – Fall 2014

Priscilla Azaglo

Priscilla Azaglo is a senior at Elizabeth City State University. Her blood flows through the country of Ghana, but her heart temporarily resides in Charlotte, NC. Her passion for her community can be found through the platform of creating an outlet for expression and the opportunity of education for everybody is something that she wishes to gain access to.

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Akira Carr is a native of Harlem, New York. She is a senior at Johnson C. Smith University, majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Religion and Communication Arts as well as a minor in Philosophy. While engaging in her studies at Johnson C. Smith University, Akira also serves as the student adviser of 1st Klass Entertainment, Leader and Trainer of the Student Ambassadors for the University and the Public Relations Officer to the National Council of Negro Women. She was also one of the organizers of the Michael Brown rally on the campus of Johnson C. Smith University. She lives by the quote “In order to impact the change of tomorrow you must do the work of today.”

Nury Castro

Nury Castro is a junior at North Carolina State University majoring in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management with a concentration Program Management and Spanish minor. She is passionate about LGBTQ issues, women’s rights and minority empowerment. Nury is very active on campus and is the co-founder of Women Rising to the Top as 1 in Management (WRT1) — an organization to actively encourage application, participation and awareness of women in the sport, recreation and tourism industry. She is also currently an intern for Planned Parenthood of Raleigh, NC.

Rachel Clay

Rachel Clay is from Raleigh, North Carolina and is currently a senior at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. She is double majoring in Political Science and Women’s Studies and double minoring in Girls’ Studies and LGBT Studies. Rachel is very passionate about justice for low-income women and women in sexual and racial minorities. After graduation she plans to attend law school to pursue a career providing low-cost legal support for these and other populations.

Kajuan Davis

Kajuan Davis (Communication Fellow) was born in Newark, NJ, but moved to Rocky Mount, NC at a very young age where he was raised. Kajuan recently graduated from NC State University with a Bachelors of Arts in Communication with a Concentration in Public and Interpersonal Studies. He currently resides in Raleigh, NC. Kajuan enjoys playing sports and being an adviser to upcoming youth to give them advice and insight on things they have to look forward to in the future. He plans on attending Graduate School to receive his Masters in Communication Studies, mainly targeting Media and Public Relations.

Kim Honag

Kim Hoang is a UNC-Chapel Hill junior from Charlotte, NC, majoring in Psychology and Women’s & Gender Studies. She works on campus to address problems such as sexual assault and interpersonal violence as well as Asian-specific race issues.

Jasmine Hooks

Jasmine S. Hooks is a recent graduate of North Carolina Agricultural & Technical University. She graduated with honors and a degree in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. The lives and voices of the people have always been a concern of hers since she was old enough to understand. Community service in her collegiate career began with voter registration and canvassing for Organizing for America. Shortly thereafter she began working with Beloved Community Center, joined YSCPA (Youth Student Coalition for Police Accountability), and she has been working with them ever since. Jasmine has every intention of earning her PhD in African-American Studies and publishing a series of poetry/fiction, but no matter what she does; fighting for the hopes, dreams, & freedom of her people will always be a passion of hers.

Oliver

Oliver Merino is native of Guerrero, Mexico but has been living in North Carolina for the last 15 years. Oliver has been active in the immigrant rights movement and is a co-founder of the Dream Organizing Network, a grassroots social justice organization dedicated to uplifting the voices of marginalized communities. He studied African American history at Johnson C. Smith University, where he graduated summa cum laude.

Shipli Misra

Shilpi Misra is senior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While not a native of North Carolina, she considers this her home and wants to build coalitions for a better North Carolina. In the past 3 years, she has organized for Planned Parenthood, NARAL, and volunteered for Democracy NC and SAW. She also does social justice theatre work through Interactive Theatre Carolina and with this culmination has come her energy to be at the front lines of fighting against inequality. In addition to organizing, Shilpi enjoys traveling, photography, and being outside as much as possible.

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Yolanda Munoz is a junior at North Carolina State University majoring in Sports Management with a minor in Spanish. She believes in all human rights and is passionate about speaking for those who cannot. She is passionate about listening to those who are not being heard. She began deeply engaging in social justice and politics with the 2012 Obama Campaign. Yolanda was also involved with Wolfpack for Barack Obama, where she worked in field campaigning, canvassing and student organizing. In the future, she hopes to dedicate her career to sports and community outreach. Yolanda wants to give communities, especially kids, who come from lower economic communities, the opportunity to enjoy, experience and love sports.

Camara

Camara Peacock is a 19 year old sophomore at NC A&T State University. Her major is Child Development & Family Studies. One day she plans on opening up her own child care facility so that the younger aged children are able to get a good education before going to public (or private) schooling.

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Christian Pridgen is a junior at UNC Charlotte majoring in Sociology with a minor in Urban Youth and Communities. She is originally from Kinston, NC. Her aspirations are to become a juvenile/family lawyer, hold a seat on the NC House of Representatives, and organize a non-profit for youthful offenders and inner-city youth teaching skills to aid them in not becoming a victim or dependent of society. In her spare time she loves to take trips home to visit her close friends and most of all her family.

Marc Silvey

Marc Silvey is a sophomore at UNC-Greensboro majoring in Political Science with a Pre-Law focus. He intends on going to law school when he finishes his undergraduate degree. He believes that this program will give him a great opportunity to help people get involved in the political process by getting them to vote. Also he wishes to improve his organizational and leadership skills.

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Stephany Smith is from Upper Marlboro, Maryland. She is a senior at Shaw University studying Communication Sciences and Disorders. Stephany also serves as the senior class President of Student Government Association. After graduating, she plans to attend graduate school to receive her Master’s degree for Speech Pathology.

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Gavin Vincent (Fellowship Coordinator) – Gavin Vincent is an educator and civil rights enthusiast with a Master of Arts in Sociology and a B.S in Applied Social Research from East Carolina University. His areas of interest include political, gender and racial inequality as well as LGBTQ rights. He believes that every year should be the year of the youth vote. In addition to organizing, he enjoys blogging and writing.