Jamison Lowery was born and raised in the small town of Pembroke, North Carolina and is a member of the Lumbee Tribe. He just graduated as a part of the UNC-Chapel Hill class of 2020, with a Bachelor of Arts in American Indian and Indigenous Studies degree, along with a Minor in Education.
While at UNC Jamison spent his time being an involved member of the Carolina Indian Circle, serving as President, Vice President, and Chair for Recruitment and Retention; along with being a part of the Phi Sigma Nu Fraternity Incorporated, serving with them as the Dean of Maenos, Historian, and Outreach Chair. He was also a member of the Unheard Voices Multicultural Greek Council, and an Esports member, Dota 2 Division. Jamison was a devoted student who also worked with the American Indian Programs Coordinator and was a Student Ambassador for Recruitment Programming in the Office for Diversity and Inclusion since his sophomore year. While balancing all his extra-curricular activities along with his studies, Jamison was a Ronald E. McNair Scholar, and a recipient of the Hayden B. Renwick Academic Achievement Award.
While speaking with Jamison he mentioned that some of his favorite memories were having lunch with other member of the Native community on campus, having to break into his brother’s car while rushing Franklin Street after winning the National Championship his freshman year, and getting the chance to travel down the Miami during the fall break of his senior year with his McNair cohort to present his research. He told me that the American Indian Center was one of his favorite places on campus, “Sis let me tell you, it was important.” He would often find himself there, whether he was just using it as a space to study, enjoying the community, or talking to the staff. Jamison got the opportunity to help plan the UNC powwow and told me that the outcome was very rewarding, and it was a great time.
Jamison is now a student at NC State University and is pursuing a Master’s of Higher Education Administration Degree. He works as a grad assistant at the Talley Student Union, he’s been helping with the Native community there too, as well as speaking at an event for grad students, and he’s now involved in the professional chapter of the fraternity as the Southeastern Regional advisor, and he oversees 4 chapters!