Annabelle Fisher feels a deep sense of human connection when witnessing people tell intense stories about their lives and personal experiences.
This pushes her to be very intentional about communicating and ready to listen deeply. Listening enables her to figure out how to engage in the world around her, mindfulness of her capacity to affect change.
Shaken by the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, Fisher co-founded Students Against Gun Violence, a local organization whose goals aligned with the national March for Our Lives Movement. She and her peers planned a school-wide walkout, spoke to politicians at the North Carolina General Assembly about issues of gun violence, and hosted an event called “Time to Talk” where students shared their feelings through artistic expression. The group showed why gun violence in schools transcends classrooms, representing people trapped by their environment, and their situation oftentimes not receiving adequate attention.
Prior to joining Normal>Next as a fall associate, Fisher was a North Carolina Civic Fellow with You Can Vote, a nonpartisan organization that aims to ensure everyone’s vote counts in the 2020 election. She focused on voter access during COVID-19 and worked with marginalized communities to prioritize voting.
She is currently taking a gap year from the University of NC-Chapel Hill where she is a Morehead-Cain scholar, studying public policy, psychology, along with social and economic justice.
On-campus, she co-leads First Year Council, a body of first year students who receive funding and support to implement campus-wide projects related to a social justice issue of their choosing. She is also an active member of Criminal Justice Awareness and Action, as well as a Mental Health First Aid Responder.
She is an avid waterskier and aspiring roller skater. She loves to be outdoors, recently spending three weeks backpacking in the Pacific Northwest and circumnavigating the San Juan Islands in a kayak.