January 4, 2013
I took an Environmental Science course in high school that opened my eyes to the many detrimental impacts of agriculture on the environment; this led me to became a vegetarian in March of 2009. I went on to study the environment in college, and soon pursued an Interdisciplinary Studies (Food Studies) major. I have since concentrated my studies on the environmental, social, and ethical implications of our global food system, and am writing my senior honors thesis on the industrial hog industry in North Carolina. It was a combination of increased knowledge about the livestock industry as well as hearing from vegan writer and speaker James McWilliams about animal rights that encouraged me to go vegan in late November 2011. I have always loved animals deeply and the ethics of not eating them or their secretions simply clicked with me. Since then, animal rights has become my passion, and I hope to pursue a career that allows me to improve the lives of animals, especially farm animals.
Cary, Chapel Hill, Durham, Raleigh, Apex, etc.
I'm not a hugely outgoing person, so I prefer to promote veganism through writing (which I consider one of my strongest skills); organizing events; designing flyers, logos, leaflets, and websites; and brainstorming about creative ways to reach out to people. I also like working directly with restaurants and organizations to help them offer more vegan options; I have worked extensively and closely with UNC's dining services to promote Meatless Mondays and to help them find creative and effective ways of reducing the amount of animal products served in the dining halls. I recently signed up to be a mentor and volunteer with the Vegan Pledge, which I'm very excited about. In short, I'm eager to get involved and will try all kinds of outreach!
Hi there! I'm a vegan from Cary, NC and a recent grad from UNC Chapel-Hill. I now work at PCRM in DC.