Chances are, if you’ve attended an event hosted by the African American Cultural Center in the last few years, you will recognize Brayndon Stafford, an NC State student who has both volunteered and worked countless hours on behalf of the Center as well as several other campus organizations. Here is our recent interview with him.
I’m a senior, majoring in Environmental Science with focals in sustainability and business. I was born and raised in Willingboro, New Jersey, and currently live in a small town called Bailey, North Carolina, close to Rocky Mount.
What activities (and positions) have you been in at NC State?
Along with a 20-hour a week internship with a non-profit called Aim Higher Now, in which we advocate for more public school funding as well as for teacher and TA salaries, I am also the president of the Eta Omicron Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated here on campus, a student government senator and an ambassador for the African American Cultural Center.
What have been some of your most impactful experiences while a student here?
One of the most impactful experiences I have had at NC State had to be when I really became involved in the African American Cultural Center. I have learned so much about my history and culture. Moreover, I was exposed to great people like Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry, Byron Pitts and the great Mama Thorpe! Moreover, My involvement there has been very instrumental in my development as a holistic student.
Why do you feel a diverse student body is important at NC State?
I feel a diverse student body is important because it allows students to experience what the larger world is like. The opportunities to learn about other cultures and ways of thought afford students the ability to become more culturally competent and be better equipped to interact in life after college.
Do you have any words of advice for younger students?
My word of advice for other students would be to step out of your comfort zone and take opportunities to experience different things on campus. NC State and its students provide so many opportunities for students to engage and develop outside of the classroom; all it takes is that leap of faith!