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Nicholas Sengstaken joined OE in 2020 and has worked on numerous pan-university projects including the Carolina Together Ambassador Program, university COVID-19 response, Carolina Community Academy implementation, Promote Democracy Initiative, and university classroom operations. He enjoys collaborating with partners across campus to advance Carolina’s mission through continuous improvement and data-driven problem-solving. 

Nick’s passion for identifying, documenting, and deconstructing the social and economic barriers to positive secondary and post-secondary educational achievement has guided his work. Prior to his time at Carolina, he served as a key national spokesperson in opposition to the failed merger between Cengage and McGraw-Hill, sharing student sentiments with the Department of Justice Antitrust team as well as media sources including the New York Times, VICE, MarketWatch, Inside Higher Ed, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and many others. Nick earned a Bachelor of Music and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from UNC Chapel Hill and is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis at North Carolina State University. Nick is a certified change practitioner and trainer through Prosci and IDEO Design Thinking.