IEI First in Future: Sens. Jay Chaudhuri and Danny Earl Britt

First in Future: Where Emerging Ideas Take Flight is a weekly program from the Institute for Emerging Issues (IEI) at NC State University that connects you with people thinking big thoughts about the future of North Carolina. Each week, we talk with business leaders, elected officials, researchers and people working bottom up and top down to make North Carolina great. We hope you’ll use their thinking to jumpstart your thinking about our state—where it is and where we might go together.

A recent survey showed that only a third of millennials consider public service an appropriate career track. A group of young NC legislators want to change that. That’s why they’ve formed the NC Future Caucus. This week, IEI Director Leslie Boney talks to two members from the caucus, Senators Jay Chaudhuri, a young Democrat from Wake County and Robeson County Republican, Danny Earl Britt. We learn about what value a caucus of young people brings to our state, and how it might represent part of the solution in getting beyond some of the state’s partisan divides.

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This installment of First in Future is part of a special TV series produced in collaboration with UNC-TV, and is recorded in UNC-TV’s Studios. Taped segments will air on the North Carolina Channel. Visit for specific air dates.




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