Hey y'all, I'm Jorren, a 2019 graduate of JDC Early College, and a current sophomore studying African American Studies and Political Science at UNC-Chapel Hill. During my time in high school, I developed a passion for social justice, and got involved with numerous state and national organizations, most notably working with the Youth Justice Project of NC and National Juvenile Justice Network (NJJN) to discuss ways to dismantle the school to prison pipeline, and create a more equitable juvenile justice system. At UNC, I have continued my work with NJJN, and currently serve as an executive member of the Black Student Movement, Institute of Politics, and volunteer with the Communiversity Youth Program.
I have known Anjali for as long as I can remember, and am excited to stand with her and the rest of the #DurhamNative team to create a partnership between the Durham community and the Durham County Soil & Water Conservation District. Her platform highlights the intersections of so many systems present in our society, it is this holistic view of natural resource accessibility that guides the work towards tangible solutions. Our team is comprised of people who know our city firsthand, and seek to find ways to make it better for all of its residents. Local government is one of the best tools available to effect change within our communities. Anjali's deep scientific knowledge and acknowledgement of disparities make her an ideal candidate for this position.