Meet the Board

Faculty and Graduate Advisors

Lindy Wagner

Lindy Wagner

Bio coming soon!

Sarah Levine

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Graduate Advisor- Hello all! My name is Sarah Levine (she/her/hers) and I am the Graduate Advisor for the Equity in Action conference. I am also a second year graduate student in the College Student Development program. My hometown is Fort Myers, Florida and I received my bachelors degree in Psychology from Florida Gulf Coast University. I am currently the Residence Director for East Hall and a Intern in the Multicultural Student Development office. I love baking cupcakes, trying new recipes on Pinterest, and spending time with the people I love. I am so excited to be the Graduate Advisor for Equity in Action 2017 and looking forward to meeting everyone!



Avery Walter

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My name is Avery Walter (they/she pronouns) and I am one of the co-directors this year. I am a third-year double major in Sociology and Psychology from Durham, North Carolina. Outside of Equity in Action, I am the VP of the Black Student Association, VP of the Order of Black and Gold, and a LEAD mentor and guide. This is my first year on the executive board and my first time presenting at the conference which is exciting! One day (when I’m a real grown-up) I would like to become a Sociology professor and maybe even become a keynote speaker at EIA someday.

Calah Faircloth

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My name is Calah Faircloth, and I use she/her pronouns. I have attended the conference ever since it began three years ago, and got involved with the planning last year by serving on the board as a Workshop Coordinator. I am a fourth year Sociology major with a concentration in families and intimate relationships, and I have two minors: Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality studies and LGBT studies. After graduating in May, I will be pursuing a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. While I’m not in class, studying, or out trying to be the best social justice advocate I can be, I like to spend time with loved ones, re-watch Gilmore Girls for the ump-teenth time, or play with my pup. Through my undergraduate education, both academic and otherwise, I have learned that we all have our privileges and oppressions. I am lucky in that I feel my privileges outweigh my oppressions, and I want to use them as a platform to strive for true equity.


Executive Board Members


 Recruiting Workshops Chair - Hi, I'm Ariel Ivy Green and I use she/they pronouns. I'm the Workshops Committee Chair and a member of the design board. I’m a Junior BFA Studio Art major and English minor interested in the magic of queer black women.


Screen Shot 2017 01 26 at 7.34.15 PM 226x300Keynote Speaker Chair - My name is Brianna Cross (she/her/hers), I am a first year student at Appalachian State University. I am majoring in psychology with a double minor in Spanish and Special Education. This is my first year being involved in Equity In Action and am thrilled to be a part of this conference.
Cierra  Marketing Chair - My name is Cierra Palmer (she/her/hers) and I am the 2017 Marketing Chair for Equity In Action. I am first-year double major in Public Health and Psychology with a concentration in Health Studies from Winston-Salem, NC. When I am not trying to shamelessly plug EIA into every conversation, I am either busy with clubs, homework, or watching Real Housewives of Atlanta, Married to Medicine or a show on Netflix. I am super excited to be on the board for Equity In Action and to be bringing needed conversations to campus. In the future, I hope to find a career in the Public Health field and to be traveling the world! Eliana

Design Chair - My name is Eliana Rodriguez and I use she/her/hers pronouns. I am a junior Studio Art BFA Major with a concentration in Printmaking and a Dance Minor. Last year I attended an Equity in Action Conference that resonated with me so much that I wanted to get involved with the planning of the next conference. This year I became the Design Committee Chair for the Equity in Action Conference of 2017. This student-run event is important to me because it creates a space where knowledge is shared and a sense of community is made. Outside of working as an Equity in Action board member I am also the President of the Appalachian Printmaking Club, the Treasurer of Momentum Dance club and a member of the Hispanic Student Association. In the future I hope to continue educating myself on social justice issues and sharing that knowledge with others.


Day-of Logistics Committee & Recruiting Workshops Committee - Hi friends! My name is Jay Edwards (he/him/his) and I am a First-year student from Concord, NC who is double majoring in Political Science with a concentration in American Politics and Sociology with a concentration in Social Inequalities. I am also double minoring in Leadership Studies and Communications. If you hear someone laughing and talking obnoxiously loud in the Student Union, odds are, it's probably me. I am also involved in L.E.A.D., Black Student Association, and as a Senator in the Student Government Association. I hope to go to law school after Appalachian and become a Civil Rights Lawyer for marginalized communities.

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Finance Committee & Keynote Speaker Committee - My name is Jeané Denise Ridges, and I am a second-year, Psychology, Human Services major. If I’m not buried in school work, getting things done for the organizations dear to me, or attending to the constant things on my calendar, you can usually find me downtown taste testing, lost in Netflix, in the kitchen experimenting or making something tried and true, blending body and breath in my yoga practice, getting lost in the words of my stories, or with my face in a book when I have delicious moments all to myself that are filled with stillness. One of the reasons I am a Psychology major is the same reason I became involved in a conference like Equity in Action, and that is to help in giving people the tools to live a life that is full of purpose and they feel meets their own desires and expectations.


My name is Jourdan Brickey (she/her/hers pronouns) and I am the Finance Chair on the Equity in Action Board for 2017. I am a junior majoring Cellular and Molecular Biology with a minor in Sociology. This is my first year being involved with the Equity in Action Conference and I am thrilled to be a part of it!


Fundraising Chair - Hello! My name is Keven White (he/him/his) and I’m a fourth year Religious Studies major with a double minoring in Nonprofit Management and Social Work. I plan to go to grad school for Social Work and pursue a career in policy change/advocacy work. I’m from Winston-Salem, NC and my favorite color is red. I enjoy tofu, lonely walks in the woods, and very loud music. This is my second year on the board for Equity in Action. My role as Fundraising Chair has included getting monetary support and finding facilitators for our workshop. I think this conference is an amazing opportunity for us all to learn about social justice issues and to grow as individuals! Thanks for coming!

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Budget Chair - My name is Sarah Miner and I use she/her/hers pronouns. I am a First Year student majoring in Exercise Science with a Pre-professional concentration. I am a Fleming Scholar and a student in the Watauga Residential Program. This is my first year with Equity in Action and I am serving as the Budget Chair. This event resonates deeply with me because I have a passion for equity of all people in society, especially with regards to healthcare. Health care disparities are a major issue that needs to be resolved. Outside of working as an Equity in Action board member, I enjoy volunteering at the Multicultural Center. I hope to continue to spread awareness about social justice topics in society and learn more ways to improve equity within society.

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Scheduling Chair - Hello! My name is Taner Gill (he/him/his), and I am a senior Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies major from Wilmington, NC. This is my first year on the Equity in Action board, and this will be my second conference. I serve as a member of the Keynote Committee and as the Scheduling Chair. I wanted to get involved with Equity in Action because I saw it as a learning opportunity. I am always working toward a deeper knowledge of issues of equity and social justice, and I want to be able to help facilitate that opportunity for others as well. My other roles on campus include Red Flag Campaign President, A-SPEC President, and Office of Student Conduct/Dean of Students Office Assistant.

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263 Locust Street
Boone, NC 28608

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