Nichad D. Davis is a graduate of Campbell University, Norman A. Wiggins School of Law. He is passionate about creating coalitions across lines of difference, implementing restorative discipline practices in schools, and combating systemic inequality.
Prior to deciding to attend law school, Davis became a servant-leader to communities across the state of North Carolina. Nichad is a native of Greensboro, NC and began his efforts as a teenager serving the East Side of Greensboro through minority-male mentorship initiatives. As a grandchild of the Civil Rights movement, Davis remembers meeting heroic members of the “Greensboro Four”–Ezell Blair (Gabriel Khazaan), Franklin McCain and others–who are most known for integrating the lunch counters of Woolworth Restaurants and sparking student-led, non-violent protests throughout the country. Davis’ grandfather, Estell Harper, was a civil rights activist and legend at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and in the broader community.
Davis attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and continued his mission of service by co-founding the organization Talents, Ambition, and Passion (TAP) which was named Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Service Organization of the Year twice at UNC-Charlotte. Through TAP, Davis reignited his passion for alleviating cycles of poverty, dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline and combating other systemic barriers to success for marginalized populations.
Davis’ experience in the education formally began with Teach for America as a 7th grade Social Studies teacher in Duplin County, NC. Throughout his time in the classroom, Nichad allied with the NC Dropout Prevention Coalition and other community engagement groups who partnered to end "Zero Tolerance" discipline policies. Davis serviced students in the nationally renowned Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke T.I.P.). He also taught students in Rocky Mount, NC's Children's Defense Fund "Freedom School" network.
Davis’ experiences have equipped him with the knowledge and skills needed to train teachers and school leaders in delivering culturally responsive pedagogy and rigorous curriculum, and raise expectations for students that come from communities that are historically underfunded and underrepresented. He is one of three members of Davis Academy committed to creating new narratives and new legacies through education.