Jittapim “Nan” Yamprai knows a thing or two about music history and ethnomusicology. After all, she’s earned graduate degrees in both fields. (Her PhD in music history and literature came from none other than UNC.) Check out her story here.

Nan’s ongoing research and fieldwork isn’t just about knowledge for knowledge’s sake, though. It’s a responsibility, she says – to “promote, support, develop, and transform communities in productive and creative ways.”

How? By encouraging people to listen. To learn. To get to know each other from, and through, the cultures that surround us. Because ultimately, Nan says, if we just understood each other better, we’d be a lot kinder. And that’s something we can all use more of right now.