Spotlight: Chasyn Carter

Ignite NC Alumni Reunion, 2019

Ignite NC alumna Chasyn Carter found a home in Ignite NC in the aftermath of House Bill 2, a bill that scapegoated workers and the LGBTQ+ community. This resulted in attacks on LGBTQ+ workers and students at North Carolina A&T State University (NC A&T) where Chasyn studied. Chasyn organized NC A&T’s student government body to take steps to change the anti-LGBTQ+ culture on campus. Thanks to years of work by past Ignite NC alumni, including Chasyn, NC A&T now has its first-ever LGBTQ+ resource center.

Chasyn continues her work on shifting the culture at Historically Black Colleges and Universities through coordinating the Black University Summit, an annual convening that grounds students in understanding power in the university setting, and teaches them how to organize.