Years may pass and plans may change after graduation, but the fact that Amoura Carter '07 is a very cool 'Cat certainly hasn't. Another unchanged trait is her commitment to volunteerim, which continues through her involvement as a Davidson alumna.
Carter, who is on the Alumni Association Board and serves as chair of the Alumni of Color Engagement (ACE) steering committee, currently resides in Charlotte and teaches middle school language arts.
"ACE wonders why alumni of color aren't as engaged as their white counterparts and works with various volunteer alumni groups to encourage an official recruiting process of alumni of color," explained Carter. "As a teacher, I decided early on that though I may not be able to give as much money to Davidson as I might want, I still wanted to give back in some way."
Before her current position, Carter utilized the skills she learned studying English and film & media studies at Davidson in a diverse range of careers, ranging from writing for broadcast news in Charlotte to teaching English in China for a year.
"Davidson taught me not to be afraid to try new things, and not to shy away from different experiences," she said. "I had professors who asked me 'What are your interests?' and helped me work around those interests to create experiences at Davidson and beyond that I wanted to have."
From her time studying at Davidson, Carter remembers Elizabeth Mills, professor of English, with her passion for education and the way she "oozed love for English," as someone she particularly admired. Nowadays, Carter channels that same sense of spirit into her classroom.
"I love language arts, and teaching is the way I can give back in the best way I know how," said Carter. "It's not always glorious, but I want students to walk away thinking 'Wow! She really cares about English and education!' and carry that with them."
Given the love and fond memories that alumni have of Davidson years after graduation, Carter believes that her fellow Wildcats jump at the chance to pay it forward to their alma mater when given the chance. She cites the success of the newly launched Davidson Career Advisor Network (DCAN) as an example of the many ways alumni have stepped up as volunteers, offering their time to conduct mock interviews and critique resumes of current students.
"The huge support of DCAN shows that alumni are very interested in helping in some way. Excellent institutions like Davidson must have alumni volunteers who are as enthusiastic about their school now as they were when they were students," said Carter. "It's not always about how much money you can give."