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Our two campus coordinators, Alyssa Canty and Vashti Hinton, work side-by-side with students recruited from North Carolina’s HBCUs to be Democracy Fellows. These students help develop organizing campaigns on their campus around issues of vital importance to their community and educational institution, as well as advocate for issues in the halls of state and federal government.

Michael Spencer
Campus Program Manager

Michael helps empower student-leaders at HBCUs in the Triangle and Fayetteville regions.

Vashti Hinton
College Outreach Coordinator

Vashti helps empower student-leaders at HBCUs in the Triad region.

Jazmyne Abney
Democracy Fellow – NC Central University

"I want to make an impact on my campus and in my community. I hope to be able to inform and excite my peers about voting."

Princess Bush
Democracy Fellow – Bennett College

"I became a democracy fellow because I would like to be well informed about voting and my rights. I also hope to inform my peers so that together we will be able to vote consciously and responsibly."

Love Ceasar
Senior Democracy Fellow – NC A&T State University

"I became a fellow so that I can cultivate my organizing tactics and strategies. In doing this, the impact I’ll leave behind in my city will be much greater."

Surrayyah Chestnut
Senior Democracy Fellow – NC Central University

"I chose to be a fellow so that I can help advocate for HBCU students to fully gain awareness of what's going on in their community and help to strengthen our democracy."

Martina Clay
Democracy Fellow – Winston-Salem State University

"I became a fellow so that I can make a change and difference in my community."

Kaphazija Fulmore
Senior Democracy Fellow – Fayetteville State University

"I wanted to be a democracy fellow to gain more insight on working with people from different populations and how policies affect them as I plan to be a social worker."

Christopher Glover
Democracy Fellow – Livingstone College

"I want to help students understand that in the town of Salisbury the students of Livingstone College have the voting power to sway votes in the direction to benefit us for the better."

Kylah Guion
Democracy Fellow – NC A&T State University

"Civic engagement is important to me because it is necessary for the liberation and empowerment of all people."

Christopher Ingram
Democracy Fellow – St. Augustine’s University

"I became a fellow so I can help students understand the political process and how we can influence it through voting."

Eyricka Johnson
Democracy Fellow – Elizabeth City State University

"I wanted to be a democracy fellow to make a difference at my campus and in my community by educating them on politics that will impact their future."

Kayanna McCallum
Democracy Fellow – Fayetteville State University

"I became a fellow because I want to use this platform to encourage people to actually pay attention and understand the importance and need to vote."

Biance’ Wilburn
Democracy Fellow – Shaw University

"Being a fellow is important to me because I want to be an example to my peers of someone who can be involved in politics yet still an everyday cool chick."

See some of the great work of our Common Cause Democracy Fellows:

NCCU students march to the polls for Durham's election

Led by the school's Sound Machine Marching Band, students at NC Central University walked together to the polls to vote early in Durham's local election.

St. Augustine's students go vote in Raleigh election

"I hope that this helps students recognize that we need to vote," said Mackeyla Davis, a student at SAU and a Democracy Fellow with Common Cause NC.

Shaw University students march to the polls for Raleigh’s election

“I hope that this will build a lifestyle of voting, where students will be encouraged to vote not just in this election, but in every election to come,” said DeQuan Isom, a Democracy Fellow with Common Cause NC.

Students hold HBCU Lobby Day at the NC legislature

Organized by the Common Cause HBCU Student Action Alliance, the lobby day allowed students to meet in person with legislators to discuss funding for their schools and protecting voting rights of students.

HBCU students join 2019 Moral March in Raleigh

The Common Cause HBCU Student Action Alliance joined thousands of North Carolinians at the 2019 HKonJ Moral March in Raleigh.

Bennett students on why voting matters to them

Students at Bennett College in Greensboro have a message for North Carolinians: go vote!

FSU students educate Fayetteville residents about election

Students from Fayetteville State University canvassed the community, sharing nonpartisan voter guides with residents and encouraging them to go vote.

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