This dynamic professional learning opportunity supports fellows in the design and implementation of individual projects that work to urgently disrupt pressing educational inequities in North Carolina. While remaining in their educational field or profession, fellows will receive ongoing mentorship and support to design and carry out their projects.



2019-2020 NC Equity Fellows

Porcha McMillan

Board Fellow

Porcha McMillan is a Public Administrator and advocate who believes all children are capable of learning and are entitled to a sound education. Mrs. McMillan is a product of both DOD and Public Schools and understands the importance of opportunity. She is a champion for all children and strives daily to be the voice for the voiceless.… Read more »

Rodney Pierce

Teacher Fellow

Rodney D. Pierce is currently the 8th Grade Social Studies and Civics and Economics teacher at William R. Davie Middle STEM Academy in Halifax County Schools. The Content Area Lead for Social Studies at Davie, Pierce is a summa cum laude alumnus of North Carolina Wesleyan College where he majored in Criminal Justice.… Read more »

Jonita Taylor

Principal Fellow

Dr. Jonita Dunn Taylor has lived in North Carolina for her entire life. A current resident of Guilford County, Dr. Taylor has worked in North Carolina Public Schools for 17 years and has served as a classroom teacher, curriculum facilitator, assistant principal, and principal. Presently, she is serving as Principal at Murphey Traditional Academy in Greensboro, NC.… Read more »

Emiene Wright

Journalism Fellow

Emiene Wright is an avid storyteller, journalist, and editor creating content on print and digital platforms. She has been published in the NAACP’s national Crisis Magazine, North Carolina’s Our State magazine, and The Charlotte Observer. She also leads civic engagement workshops teaching citizens how to access and wield the power of the media.… Read more »

Fellowship Support

Jacey Macdonald

NC Equity Fellowship Operations Support

Jacey Macdonald is a middle school Language Arts teacher and EdAmbassador for EducationNC. Jacey graduated from the University of Minnesota with a B.A. in Anthropology and German, and East Carolina University with an M.A. in Middle Grades Education. In the classroom Jacey draws on her background in Anthropology and uses Language Arts instruction as a means to broaden students’ perspectives and understandings of the world, as well as to equip students with communication skills that will enable them to actively participate in our nation’s democracy.… Read more »