Avery Walter joined the Southern Coalition for Social Justice as a Qualitative Researcher in September 2022. Previously, they served as the graduate student representative for the UNC System, the organizing chair for the Durham chapter of BYP100, and an intern for Rural Forward NC.
Avery grew up in Cary, North Carolina before attending Appalachian State for Sociology and Psychology. While in school, they were trained as an organizer by Ignite NC, directed social justice conferences, and organized with students across the UNC system for equitable educational practices and spaces. Avery received their Master’s degree in Sociology from North Carolina State University in 2022. Their research primarily focused on contemporary social movements, systemic inequalities, and Black queer feminism.