Growing up in a mixed-race household, Dr. Nathan Carter knows what it’s like to have hard conversations about race. With White friends, he faced stereotypes about what it meant to be Black. With Black friends, he heard assumptions about what it meant to be White.
“It forced me to really navigate,” Carter said. “How do I engage with this person? I see value in building a relationship here with this individual, but their understanding of race or culture or who I am doesn’t speak to my experience, and what do I do about that?”
Now Carter brings those years of engaging across difference to his new role as Northern Virginia Community College’s first chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer.