An Angier B. Duke Scholar and Humanity in Action Fellow at Duke University, Kari works at the intersection of the arts and social justice. He has directed over twelve theatre productions at the amateur and professional level, including an original piece co-created with refugee youth, a play about town-gown relations in Duke and Durham, and a collection of true stories on the intersection of black and LGBTQ identities. Kari also directs the Me Too Monologues, a documentary theatre project that explores how racial, ethnic and other personal identities impact university students’ lives. He co-founded and co-directed The Bull City Dignity Project, for which he worked with ten Durham high schoolers to interview community members about gentrification, LGBT life, and Black Lives Matter activism and to transform these interviews into a theater production about Durham history. Upon graduation, Kari plans to enter a career in public policy or the non-profit sector where he can use the arts to enrich communities’ civic lives.