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that he developed an understanding of
our students— past, present and future.
just how multifaceted the world could be.
“Being at UNC was the first time I
escaped the bubble of Chapel Hill and be-
came a lot more open to political diversi-
ty,” he said. “Because I’m so interested in
moving past being right and wrong and
looking at what really works, I noticed
that liberal elitism doesn’t work, and get-
ting outside of that bubble was something
that only happened because I went to a
public school that valued diversity.”
UNC also afforded him the opportu-
nity to explore many interests. He played
in several musical groups, participated in
mock trials, was a member of the Under-
graduate Honor Court and was editor of
Lambda Magazine. As an undergrad, he
also led tours for prospective students and
worked at The Chapel Hill News.
After graduation, Becton volunteered
with City Year San Jose in California and
then went to England, where he worked
for City Year London and received a
master’s degree in gender studies from
the London School of Economics. Now
that his U.S. tour has ended, he plans to
go back to school to study theology and
Questions of faith, he says, often create
the most severe us-versus-them divides.
One of the biggest problems in the U.S.,
he said, “is that people of faith and people
who are not of faith both think, ‘We are
loving, but they are hateful,’ and we don’t
recognize that the other is also coming
from a place of love. We somehow think
Becton says that when he was a child,
he wanted to have the superpower of
being able to know what made someone
happy. Through his travels, he says, he’s
learned that simply loving people — lis-
tening, helping and appreciating others
for who they are — makes a difference.
Now he’s focused on the next thing
he’d like to figure out: “How do we harness and leverage good will? How do we
mobilize kindness? How do we mobilize
love? Because it has an infinite return on
— Lucy Hood ’ 83
For more on Becton’s work and on his Ubuntu Proj-