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This independent TEDx event is operated under license from TED.

Friday, April 12, 2019

5:00 - 8:00pm

Weatherspoon Art Museum


What is TEDx?

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxUNCGreensboro, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxUNCGreensboro event, TED Talks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.


About TEDx, x = independently organized event

At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. 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.) 

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.


The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver, British Columbia. TED's media initiatives include TED.com, where new TED Talks are posted daily; TED Translators, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED has established The Audacious Project that takes a collaborative approach to funding ideas with the potential to create change at thrilling scale; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self- organized TED-style events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

About TEDxUNCGreensboro

The goal of TEDxUNCGreensboro is to bring together the bright minds of UNCG to give talks from a wide range of subjects to foster learning, inspiration, and wonder – and provoke conversations that matter on campus and beyond.

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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.

Tiera 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 spoken word artist and active community organizer. Currently, Tiera lectures in both the African American & African Diaspora Studies Program and the Lloyd International Honors College at UNCG.

David Koehler (19) is a sophomore attending UNCG. At the age of 12, he 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.

Prof. Nodia C. Mena was born in Honduras, Central America and has been living in the United States for more than 25 years. Prof. Mena graduated with a master’s degree in Languages, Literatures, and Cultures from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She 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 her students to develop intercultural competence. She has traveled abroad to Spain and Costa Rica, with the LLC department and the School of Business, where she co-directed Service Learning and post-service reflection activities with students.

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

Noor Ghazi is a graduate student in her final semester in the Peace and Conflict Studies program at 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 Journal of Transdisciplinary Peace Praxis titled “Stuck Between War and Europe: Syrian Refugees in Turkey."

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.”   

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.   

A native of Norfolk, Virginia, Christine E. Williams is a “Double Duke” graduating from James Madison University with 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. Currently, Christine is a Coordinator for Residence Life to upperclassmen, non-traditional and graduate students here at UNC Greensboro. She is a producer for the Vagina Monologues, Chairs multiple departmental committees, volunteers within the Glenwood community and serves as a mentor to undergraduate and graduate students on and off UNCG's campus. During the Fall of 2017, Christine began teaching first year students how to make their transition from high school to college smooth while also providing tactics on how to have a successful and positive college experience. Christine holds professional affiliations with the Southeastern Association of Housing Officers and the Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education while also being a Spring 2014 initiate of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. Within her time at UNCG, Christine has done research on how universities can best work through the implications of gentrification and will soon submit an article for publishing on her personal experiences with campus-to-community partnerships.  Personally, Christine enjoys doing her hair, being an empowerment educator, traveling and finding new adventures for her and her partner to explore!  





Omar Ali, TEDx co-curator and Mcee, is Dean of Lloyd International Honors College at UNC Greensboro and a past TEDxspeaker. An avid reader, he loves to study and contemplate world history, philosophy, and random things. He also thoroughly enjoys creating conversation with anyone, swimming (because it’s like flying, only under water), and walking in the Guilford woods. Mostly, he likes being with his two kids, hearing their stories, chasing them, and laughing. In 2016 he was named The Carnegie Foundation North Carolina Professor of the Year.  

April Marshall, co-curator of TEDx, is the Assistant Director for Leadership Development in the Office of Leadership and Civic Engagement at UNCG.  A former Air Force SIGINT analyst and high school English teacher, April has found a new home in an office dedicated to helping students recognize their capacity for leadership and their responsibility to lead for positive change by making an impact on campus and in their community.  She enjoys spending her time reading sci-fi and fantasy novels, especially when it is on a beach.

Dale Hacker (pronouns: she/her/hers) is a 2nd year graduate student at UNCG in the M.Ed. in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education program. In her current work, she impacts college students through instruction, mentoring, and coaching. Her goal is to inspire students to create an impact wherever they are leading, whether that be in a club/organization, in their coursework, or in the community.

Katie Marshall is a trainer, coach, and speaker and UNCG alum (2011). As owner and principal consultant of Creative Machine Consulting, she specializes in presentation coaching and multi-generational communication strategy. Katie is honored to serve the TEDxUNCGreensboro speakers as the TEDx coach. The opportunity aligns her work as a presentation coach with the opportunity to pay forward the support she received from presentation coaching as a TEDxGreensboro speaker in 2013. Katie graduated from UNCG with a degree in Communication Studies and the desire to impact the world for the better, one conversation at a time.

Portia Harris is currently the Coordinator of Programming and Academic Advisor for Lloyd International Honors College at UNC Greensboro.  Her position at UNC Greensboro and the Honors College has allowed her to curate relationships with students and in return has helped her to be an impact on students’ lives daily through service and engagement.

Rachael Edmonds is a first-year masters student here at UNC Greensboro in the Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education program. Originally from Houston, TX, she grew up in the Commonwealth of Virginia where she earned her bachelor's degree in Leadership at THE Old Dominion University. It is her hope to make an impact in the field of Student Affairs through the work that she will do developing college students into the leaders of our future!

Ryan Rivera is a sophomore at UNCG Majoring in Sustainable Hospitality Management. Ryan has a passion for graphic design and leadership. He works to help enrich the lives of businesses and the organizations he is involved in. He makes an impact by trying to make the world a better place, one day at a time by being of service to others.


Contact the TEDxUNCGreensboro Team at info@tedxuncgreensboro.com 


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