Honoring The Class of 2020: Madison Teeter

Leading up to what would have been the Class of 2020’s graduation ceremony, the Division of Academic and Student Affairs is highlighting some of its seniors in Leadership and Civic Engagement.

For this article, we interviewed Madison Teeter, who is enrolled in the climate change and society graduate program:

What organizations are/were you involved in at NC State?

Leadership and Civic Engagement, Student Government, NC State Chapter of Wine to Water, Pack Research Scholars, and Exploratory Studies.

What is the most impactful leadership experience you had at NC State and Why?

My most impactful leadership experience I had during my tenure at NC State was being an Alternative Service Break team leader. I led the San Francisco Social Justice & Intersectionality trip in March 2017, and then created and led the Wine to Water Dominican Republic trip that occurred in March 2018. Both of these experiences allowed me to the gain the confidence I have today. Through these opportunities, I was able to be a part of amazing student teams that created meaningful change in the locations we visited. More importantly, these communities transformed myself and my teammates into compassionate, intentional individuals who understand that volunteering for a cause isn’t about helping the immediate community, but about contributing to a greater understanding that doing this kind of work serves us all.

What would you say is your lasting impact on NC State?

My lasting impact at NC State is sharing my authenticity with others and empowering others to be as passionate as they can be about what is most important to them through their own authenticity. Individuals cannot show up for a cause if they cannot first show up for themselves.

What are your plans after graduation?

I have been hired on as a program associate for a non-profit named Wetlands Watch that is based in Norfolk, Virginia. Wetlands Watch is focused on preparing the greater community of Norfolk for sea level rise.