Conversations at Fletcher

Discussions with nonprofit leaders in North Carolina.
Tom Ross, Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University

Tom Ross, Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University

 

What we’re trying to do at Duke is really focused on an educational effort. It’s an educational effort for the students at the Sanford school, who are really interested in public policy… but it’s also an educational effort that would reach out to the general public. We hope, over time, that we can put together some materials that would be used in schools, because I think this is an issue that people need to know about. It’s also an issue, frankly, that we need to continue discussion about constantly, so that more people know about it and so that it’s higher up on the agenda for people, for policymakers and others, when time comes to do it again.”

Tom Ross, the Terry Sanford Distinguished Fellow at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University, joins us this week to discuss his redistricting education work at Duke in collaboration with Common Cause of North Carolina. Tune in to learn about their independent, nonpartisan redistricting simulation and what has led Tom to this project. 

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Billy Ball, NC Policy Watch

Billy Ball, NC Policy Watch

 

Billy Ball, education reporter for NC Policy Watch, joins us this week to chat about the state of education in North Carolina. Tune in to hear updates on current education issues and learn what drives him to cover these stories every day. You can read his stories on NCPolicyWatch.com.

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Doug McMillan, YMCA of the Triangle

Doug McMillan, YMCA of the Triangle

 

“The health and wellness and fitness activities became areas where we gather people together, thinking about how we might do good in the community.”

Tune in to hear from Doug McMillan, CEO of the YMCA of the Triangle, as he discusses the development of the Y movement, community work in Southeast Raleigh, and his own story of being involved with the YMCA from a young age.

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Jess Clark, Fletcher Fellow for Education Policy Reporting

Jess Clark, Fletcher Fellow for Education Policy Reporting

“Education is one of the most important parts of our society… People get where they are because of the education they receive… You have this intersection of a lot of different issues in education; you can talk about issues around poverty, race, mental health, funding, politics… there’s so much fodder to dig into.

Jess Clark joins us this week to tell us about her work as the 2015-17 Fletcher Fellow for Education Policy Reporting through a partnership between the North Carolina Public Radio WUNC and the UNC School of Media and Journalism. The fellowship is dedicated to in-depth reporting on education issues. Tune in to learn about what draws Jess to education reporting and hear her insights into the state of education in North Carolina.

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Gene Nichol, NC Poverty Research Fund

Gene Nichol, NC Poverty Research Fund

 

“The truth of it is, poverty in North Carolina is our greatest challenge… our largest transgression …the most worrisome shortcoming that we have.”

Gene Nichol joins us this week to discuss poverty in North Carolina, his work to address these issues with the NC Poverty Research Fund and the UNC School of Law, and his personal story of what led him to this work.

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Dr. Tashni Dubroy, Shaw University

Dr. Tashni Dubroy, Shaw University

 

Tune in to our latest episode with Dr. Tashni Dubroy, President of Shaw University, to hear her personal story and learn about her transformational vision for the university. You’ll also get a sneak peak of a special project happening on campus, which will tie together the university’s important history and exciting future!

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Kia Baker, Southeast Raleigh Promise

Kia Baker, Southeast Raleigh Promise

“What we really need in Southeast Raleigh is the opportunity to come together and get creative and work towards solving the problems ourselves. And I think that’s really possible. I think that the residents of this community, given time, space, opportunity, can do some really exciting things to shift the dynamics of housing, education, economic development and entrepreneurship, that with the right kind of support and the right kind of policies, that we can really make a difference.”

This week we hear from Kia Baker, an inspiring woman who was raised in Southeast Raleigh and is now serving her community as Director of the Southeast Raleigh Promise Project. Tune in to hear Kia’s story and vision for the future of Southeast Raleigh, and learn about how community members and SER Promise are working to make it a reality.

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Leah Catotti, 2015-2016 Fletcher Fellow

Leah Catotti, 2015-2016 Fletcher Fellow

 

We have a special episode this week– we’re switching it up by inviting our podcast producer, Fletcher Fellow Leah Catotti, on to take us behind the scenes at Fletcher Foundation and explain just what it’s like to be a fellow here.

Tune in to hear why Leah recommends the fellowship and learn about our ongoing application process, and shoot her an email for more information.

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Jennifer Jackson, Interfaith Prison Ministry for Women

Jennifer Jackson, Interfaith Prison Ministry for Women

“The prison ministry allows you to see the person in all their complexity and work on that level. That’s what I find so fulfilling and satisfying [about this work,] because it gets down to the core of the issues that we all deal with. It’s not just whether or not you’ve made good choices that lead you to prison, but it’s issues of forgiveness, it’s issues of redemption, it’s issues of blame… it touches on a lot and that’s why I do this.”

We are joined this week by Jennifer Jackson, Executive Director of the Interfaith Prison Ministry for Women. Tune in to learn about what brought her to this work, what programs and services IPMW provides, and why this work matters so much for everyone involved.

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Lindsay Wagner, AJ Fletcher Foundation

Lindsay Wagner, AJ Fletcher Foundation

This week we’re changing it up by inviting our newest staff member, Education Specialist Lindsay Wagner, to give you an overview of education in North Carolina. Tune in to find out why public education is so important and why Lindsay has dedicated her career to trying to make sure every child has an opportunity for a great education.

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