Alyssa L. Canty
Common Cause North Carolina, Director of Campus Outreach

Alyssa L. Canty is a mentor, scholar, and active community member. She was born in Winston-Salem, NC. She attended The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill earning a bachelor of arts in public policy and in women studies. While at UNC she did research on education policies including sex education in public schools and on the sexualization of the minority woman’s body focusing on the modern day video vixen. Her research interests have been education, gender and racial inequalities, institutional disadvantages, and minority populations.  While at UNC Alyssa was an active member of the General Alumni Association, Jackson Ambassadors, and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

After graduation, Alyssa served as a residential coordinator at Salem College, a women’s college in Winston-Salem, NC. While at Salem Alyssa earned a certificate in non-profit management, created a bystander interpersonal violence prevention curriculum, contributed to the research and formation of college policies and procedures, and served as an intern for the Salem Leadership Connection. As an intern, Alyssa built relationships with community youth groups and local schools and trained college students to provide presentations on college access and being a first generation student to students in the Winston-Salem community.

In May 2014 Alyssa graduated from North Carolina Central University in Durham, NC with a Master’s in Public Administration. She graduated Cum Laude. During her time at NCCU Alyssa interned at The LGBT Center of Raleigh and served as the community service chair of the NCCU Graduate Association of Public Administrators. She presented research at the Spring Research Symposium and won first place in the category of Graduate Student Research in the College of Behavioral and Life Sciences. She presented research on how to use policy to dismantle the issue of poverty.

Alyssa looks forward to continuing her commitment to service throughout the triangle and North Carolina.