Hope Gardens is an entirely student-run organization, as well as a subcommittee of the Campus Y. Our dedicated team of 10-20 UNC-Chapel Hill students is in charge of programming and operations for Hope Gardens.
Laurel is a junior majoring in Global Studies with a minor in Chinese. In addition to Hope Gardens, she is also involved with Enrich ELL, is a member of the Kappa Delta sorority, and writes for the Campus Y's blog: The Arc. She's from Nashville, TN, and because of this, she loves live music. She also loves to read and cook, Korean bibimbap is her heart song, and she's pretty much always wearing blue jeans. In the long term, she's interested in refugee studies and immigration.
Kristen is a sophomore majoring in Environmental Science and minoring in Biology. She has been involved with Hope Gardens since the Fall of 2015. As an East Coast North Carolinian, she has a love for the vast expanses of Atlantic Ocean that give her hometown the salt in its air. She loves her Hope Gardens family and the work that Hope Gardens does in the Chapel Hill community. In the long term, she hopes to be a part of this country's current renewable energy transition.
Haley is a senior majoring in Biology and Literature & Culture, with minors in Chemistry and Medicine. She is a pre-med student from Tampa, FL. In addition to Hope Gardens, she is also involved with the Carolina Swing Dance Club. In her free time, she enjoys baking, eating the things she bakes, spending time with friends, and watching Tarantino movies.
Katherine is a senior majoring in Biology and Sociology. She discovered Hope Gardens at Fall Fest in 2015 and has enjoyed getting involved in the Chapel Hill/Carrboro community through Hope Gardens ever since. She loves baking bread and hiking around North Carolina.
Mikayla is a sophomore double majoring in Psychology and Peace, War & Defense. She joined Hope Gardens in Fall 2015 after stumbling upon the organization at Fall Fest. She enjoys connecting with people and getting to know them. She loves walking barefoot in warm rain, especially when the rain is unexpected.
Shirley is a sophomore majoring in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. She loves the natural beauty of North Carolina, and enjoys spending time at the both the beach and the mountains, as well as in her hometown, Winston-Salem. She also likes to paint and read in her spare time. Alongside her work in Hope Gardens, Shirley tutors through Refugee Support Center and volunteers with TABLE, a local nonprofit that provides food to hungry children in the Chapel Hill - Carrboro area. In the future, she'd like to continue working to address community food access.
Cassidy is a sophomore majoring in Economics and the Sustainability Track of Environmental Studies. She considers herself the only Floridian who doesn't like seafood or orange juice. In her free time, she loves to explore and go hiking. She is also a compost nerd and is counting down the days until she gets to see a platypus in real life. After graduation, she hopes to work with businesses to implement sustainable practices throughout their supply chains.
Eryn is a sophomore and majors in Business and Peace, War, and Defense. She's lived in Florida and Texas and has lived in North Carolina for six years. She loves exploring places to eat, hiking during the summer, and drinking coffee at inopportune times (she cites 3am as being an example of such). She is also involved with A Drink for Tomorrow, which attempts to address water access in local and international communities.
Steve is a sophomore majoring in Business and minoring in Sustainability. He is a creative person with a love for the outdoors and sustainability. He grew up hiking and camping with his family, and he loves spending time backpacking in the mountains. Because of his love for the outdoors, he has become a passionate advocate for the environment and sustainability, and he hopes to use his business and sustainability education to expand renewable energy in the United States. Additionally, as a Nashville native, he is a huge music fan. He plays guitar, records rock music, and loves going to shows and festivals.
Sierra is a sophomore majoring in Communication and Southern Studies with a minor in Social & Economic Justice. Her academic interests include agriculture and food access issues in the American South, but she also loves to grow, make, and eat food in her free time. She's a former chair of Hope Gardens, and is currently a leader at the Jackson Center. The greatest loves of her life are her six cats, who are basically her children.