Meet VISTA Leader Hannah Fraser

August 18, 2021

Please join us in welcoming Hannah Fraser to the NC Campus Compact team as our VISTA Leader! Last year, she served as an NC Hunger Corps VISTA at Wingate University, and is now stepping into the VISTA Leader role for the 2021 service year. In this role, she will be supporting our cohort of NC Hunger Corps and NC After School Corps VISTAs by serving as a peer mentor and encouraging their professional development, supporting their goals, developing their skills, and connecting them to the resources. She will also be a champion for national service and will help to build the capacity of our VISTA program. Hannah is excited for the opportunity to continue to serve with NC Campus Compact!

Hannah was raised in Apex, NC, where she danced competitively, was on the neighborhood swim team, and played the flute in the school band. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Western Carolina University (WCU) and earned a minor in Spanish while studying abroad for a semester in Costa Rica, which she says was one of the best experiences of her life. She was heavily involved in the campus community while at WCU and held leadership roles in many clubs. She was a key player in the chartering of the National Alliance on Mental Illness chapter and continues to advocate for those who are affected by mental illnesses. She was also an Ambassador and Team Leader for the Andrew Goodman Foundation, a nonpartisan voting rights organization, where she registered her fellow students to vote, organized events around elections, and marched with the WCU community to the polls. In 2018, she was honored to be recognized by NC Campus Compact with the Community Impact Student Award.  The experiences of service and civic engagement have fostered Hannah’s drive to make an impact.

During her service as a Hunger Corps VISTA, she learned how important the food system is to our lives and how access to nutritious food is considered a luxury for too many people in the United States.  As she worked with organizations that mitigated this disparity, her passion only grew. As a VISTA, she learned of the many avenues of support there are for people who are struggling, and she knew that she wanted to continue to empower people out of poverty and feels fortunate to serve another year as a VISTA.

Hannah is grateful to realize her dream of joining AmeriCorps and serving with communities in need. A self-proclaimed “social justice warrior,” she is passionate about mental health awareness, civic engagement and democracy, racial justice and anti-racism, LGBT+ rights, women’s rights, and environmental justice. She also enjoys yoga, hiking, singing, and cooking.