x = independently organized TED event

This event occurred on
April 12, 2019
Greensboro, North Carolina
United States

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized (subject to certain rules and regulations).

UNC Greensboro
1400 Spring Garden Street
Greensboro, North Carolina, 27412
United States
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Alex Goldstein

Alex Goldstein grew up in Greensboro NC, surrounded by people who worked within the local community, in order to address and improve quality of life concerns collectively. For example, some of these concerns included safe working conditions and living wages. Various strategies were employed, including demonstrations and conferences. With varying perspectives of the event and the continuing need for learning and healing, a local Truth and Reconciliation Commission (GTRC) process was initiated around 1999. A concluding report was presented in 2006 with key findings. UNCG was one of many places that provided support for this project and another of many connections that Alex has with UNCG. He continues to reference his journey as he engages with others to address quality of life issues.

Alexandra Arpajian

Alexandra Arpajian, MS, CTRS, CPRP as an alumna of the university, Alexandra is thrilled to be a part of the TEDxUNCGreensboro team! Alexandra has an undergraduate degree from the University of Delaware in music performance, a post-baccalaureate in nonprofit management, and a masters in parks and recreation management with a concentration in therapeutic recreation from UNCG. Alexandra has a passion for arts, accessibility, and advocacy! Alexandra works with arts agencies to assist in their inclusion and accessibility efforts.

Brandon Baldwin

Brandon Baldwin is a Beyond Academic Sophomore Student at UNCG. His passion and life-long dream are to inspire others with PoemSongs and PoemStorys.

Christine Woods

A native of Norfolk, Virginia, Christine E. Woods is a graduate of James Madison University, where she earned a Master of Education in College Student Personnel Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Communication Science and Disorders with a Minor in Exceptional Education. Christine has a passion for hair, young women of color, being an empowerment educator, her puppy son, and finding new adventures for her and her husband to explore!

David Koehler

At the age of 12, David Koehler fell in love with the art of magic and sleight of hand. Now, after seven years, his passion for magic persists, and he hopes to share the beauty of magic with everyone around him.

Elliott Kimball

Elliott Kimball (he/him/his) is an energetic educator and self-proclaimed comedian, currently serving UNC Greensboro as an Assistant Director within the Office of Intercultural Engagement. Elliott's daily work centers around gender and sexuality, developing and delivering education across our campus to aid in creating a more inclusive living and learning environment for everyone. Prior to joining UNC Greensboro, Elliott's dance throughout the field of higher education led him to the University of South Alabama and UNC Asheville, working for more than five years in areas such as residence life, fraternity and sorority affairs, sexual violence prevention and education, commuter student programs and student engagement. Elliott holds a Bachelor of Science in Communication from Appalachian State University and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of South Alabama. A few of Elliott's favorite things are his dog Harvey, Taco Bell, and new adventures in creative crafting.

Nadja Cech

Dr. Nadja Cech is Patricia A. Sullivan Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at UNC Greensboro. Her research harnesses molecules from plants to treat disease. Cech grew up off-grid in a farm in Oregon and spent many years living with her family of five in 300 square foot yurt. As a scientist, she draws inspiration both from her rigorous scientific training and on her non-traditional background. Cech's research group is a dynamic mix of fifteen undergraduate and graduate students. Together they are working to develop new cures for drug-resistant bacterial infections, the so-called “superbugs.”

Nodia Mena

Prof. Nodia C. Mena was born in Honduras, Central America. She graduated with a master’s degree in Languages, Literatures, and Cultures from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Prof. Mena teaches Spanish language and also, about the history and culture of the Garifuna, people of African and Indigenous descent, living in Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and The United States. Prof. Mena is interested in helping students to develop intercultural competence.

Noor Ghazi

Noor Ghazi, recent graduate of the Master Program in the International Peace and Conflict Studies from UNC Greensboro. Her passion for social justice led to her work in the field, especially to help war victims and refugees. After the conflict eruption that caused a sectarian civil war in Iraq, Noor and her family were granted refugee status to the United States in 2008. Her research interest is focused on refugees, war displacement, and immigrants. She had recently co-authored an article that was published in the Department Journal titled “Stuck Between War and Europe: Syrian Refugees in Turkey." She had also started her non-profit organization (Alnoor for Peace) to help refugees strive in their second home, The United States.

Tiera Moore

Tiera C. Moore received both a B.A. in African American & African Diaspora Studies and an M.A. in Applied Arts & Sciences concentrating in Global Studies from the University of North Carolina Greensboro. During her studies, Tiera conducted ethnographic research on Igbo market-women in Nigeria, which she expounded upon during her graduate semester study abroad at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. Her interdisciplinary interests encompass the histories, cultures, literature, and philosophies of various African peoples across the world. Additionally, she is a public speaker, spoken word artist and active community organizer. Tiera has instructed courses in the Lloyd International Honors College and the African Diaspora Studies program at UNCG.

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