Nikolai Mather is from Chatham County, North Carolina. He is a rising junior and Levine Scholar at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Charlotte, where he is pursuing a double major in Political Science and International Studies. In 2018, Nikolai co-organized a successful campaign to establish the first LGBTQ+ space on UNC Charlotte’s campus. In addition to his work in queer activism, Nikolai is also the assistant editor of the Opinion Section at UNC Charlotte’s student newspaper, the Niner Times. He was the Executive Secretary for Diversity Affairs in UNC Charlotte’s Student Government Association for the Spring 2019 semester. Nikolai has conducted research on the alt-right’s usage of racist memes as well as Chechnya’s crackdown on LGBTQ+ civilians. In his spare time, he likes to write, cook, and practice the banjo. His post-graduate plans include law school, continued work for social justice, and mastery of Arabic and Estonian.
Updated May 2019