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Common Cause MD is proud to launch the Maryland HBCU Student Action Alliance – a program focused on working with students at Maryland’s historically black colleges and universities, providing them with mentorship and the tools to become the next generation of leaders in our state and nation.

Our Fall 2020 Democracy Fellows help to lead digital get out the vote and election protection efforts – targeting student voters in their campus communities and young voters in surrounding areas. A recent brief found there to be an alarming 10.6% decrease in HBCU student voting and a 5.3%1 decrease in total Black student voting between the 2012 and 2016. With the 2020 election right around the corner, Fellows will be helping to ensure HBCU students and Black young voters in the state have information needed to safely vote by November 3rd.

Our Spring 2020 class of Democracy Fellows helped to increase student participation in the Baltimore City primary election, 2020 Census, and supported legislative efforts to secure adequate funding for Maryland HBCU’s.

Autumn Wardlaw
Democracy Fellow

Coppin State University | Grade Level: Sophomore, Major: Urban Studies

Chelsea Okoroh
Democracy Fellow

Bowie State University | Grade Level: Senior, Major: Business Management

Johnathan Gorum
Democracy Fellow

Bowie State University | Grade Level: Junior, Major: Business Marketing

Shiloh Cumber
Democracy Fellow

Morgan State University | Grade Level: Junior, Major: Philosophy; Pre-Law

Taraja Lawery
Democracy Fellow

Coppin State University | Grade Level: Senior, Major: Sociology

Democracy Fellows will work closely with Common Cause Maryland staff and other Fellows at HBCU’s across Maryland to boost civic engagement and promote the value of becoming lifelong participants in democracy on their campus.

If you have questions about the program or are interested in serving as a MD HBCU Democracy Fellow, contact Alyssa Canty at youthprograms@commoncause.org

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