Voices of Changemakers

Joe Morrison is a senior majoring in religion at Davidson College. He recently launched Pax Backpacks , a social venture that manufactures a signature line of American-made daypacks with a mission to "pack up poverty." In the United States, 22% of children live under the Federal poverty level. Pax attempts to lower that number by donating 22% of the gross profit from each sale to community partners that provide after school programming for middle school students in low income communities. Joe is also a Bonner Scholar at Davidson, completing 140 hours of service and enrichment work each semester.

Davidson College website article featuring Joe

Keith Morris is  pursuing his B.S. in Information Science at UNC Chapel Hill after serving five years as a computer programmer in the United States Air Force. As a volunteer for the American Cancer Society, he founded the innovative Second Life Relay For Life, a virtual world relay, which has raised more than a million dollars for cancer programs.  Keith also works part time as the sole developer for Activate Good which mobilizes volunteers to help charitable causes in their local community.

New York Times article about Second Life Relay for Life

Elisa Benitez is a junior majoring in History and Secondary Education at UNC Charlotte. She is a member of The NC DREAM Team, an organization composed of undocumented immigrant youth and allies dedicated to the creation of a sustainable, community-led immigrant rights movement in North Carolina. Elisa has been active in the community for over 5 years on various issues.

Fox News Latino article quoting Elisa

Dr. Tony Brown

Tony Brown has been a Professor of the Practice at the Sanford School of Public Policy since 1994. In 2007, Brown took a three-year leave of absence to serve as president of the Robertson Scholars Program at Duke University and UNC-Chapel Hill. Upon returning to Duke in 2010, Brown was named co-director of the Hart Leadership Program. He founded and also directs the Hart Leadership Program's Enterprising Leadership Initiative, a program intended to engage, educate, and empower Duke students to define and act on enterprising solutions that address University, community and global problems. Brown was the recipient of the Howard Johnson Distinguished Teaching Award for undergraduate teaching excellence in 1997 and the Ashoka U - Cordes Foundation Innovation Award for his course Social Entrepreneurship in Action in 2012.

Tony’s intellectual and teaching interests focus on the development of college students and young alumni to exercise strong-hearted, enterprising leadership. He teaches leadership courses in enterprising leadership, civic engagement, social entrepreneurship, and moral courage development. His previous public policy courses include twentysomething leadership, socially responsible businesses, and public-private collaboration.  The pedagogy common to all the courses includes the combination of deep personal analysis and team projects that focus on defining and acting on real initiatives that address important social problems.

Tony received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Connecticut and a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard University. He had a career in the insurance industry and served as the Chairman and CEO of the Covenant Insurance Company for almost ten years. Subsequently, he was the Vice President for External Affairs at the University of Connecticut and the Chief Operating Officer of Credit Suisse First Boston's Equity Division.

Tony is involved in a number of Durham and Duke-based leadership, civic engagement, and social enterpreneurship initiatives.  He has served on more than 25 national and local nonprofit boards during his career. 

As his students know, Tony loves to cook.