Dr. Andrea Hunter, associate professor in UNCG’s Department of Human Development and Family Studies, was interviewed by 88.5 WFDD regarding familial roots in the African American community.

Hunter explained during a creatively spoken story how her connection to her genealogy has always been a maze of fractured disconnection. This was a revelation that she made through listening to her students talk about their own ties to their heritages. She identifies with this sentiment, describing it as if she was “an immigrant in [her] own land: belonging, but also not belonging.”

She expressed this thought further earlier in the segment: “From nothing, the student’s words reverberated – what grieved me most was I understood his sense of rootlessness, as if one’s magnetic north was lost. Because even with all I know, when I go home to where I’ve been, all that remains is less than memory.”

The nearly five-minute story was conducted during a segment of WFDD’s Real People, Real Stories, which explores the complexities of truth through people’s stories within North Carolinian communities.

Hunter is also director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion for the School of Health and Human Sciences.