Campus Vote Project Democracy Fellows

North Carolina

Christopher Ballance

East Carolina University

Christopher is a Democracy Fellow from Goldsboro, NC. He is currently a senior attending East Carolina University majoring in political science. Christopher decided to go back to school to make public service and politics his life’s work. Once Christopher graduates, he plans on attending law school and then working in professional politics. Christopher is a Democracy Fellow because he understands the fundamental right of every citizen to vote and be an educated member of our electorate.  He looks forward to working with the Campus Vote Project and making 2018 a great year for all young voters.

Kaliah Corbett

North Carolina A&T State University

Kaliah is a junior journalism & mass communications student at North Carolina A&T State University from Knightdale, NC. Upon graduating, Kaliah plans to travel and pursue her Juris Doctorate degree with a focus in Media Law in the spring of 2020. Kaliah has done work around voter education and civic engagement on her campus. Kaliah hopes to continue her community work by combating food injustices that are ever-present in Black and Brown communities. Kaliah also plans to document the stories and experiences of marginalized Americans as a way to archive their narratives through film. Kaliah also serves as a Communications Fellow for IgniteNC.

Thomas Allbritton

University of North Carolina Pembroke

Thomas is a sophomore social studies education major from Oxford, North Carolina. He serves as the University and Community Relations Committee Chair of UNCP’s Student Government Association and Co-Chairs UNCP Votes. He is also a brother of the Eta Beta chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity. Thomas began to become involved in democratic engagement in high school when he found out about the low voter turnouts in the local elections of his hometown and began to help out with voter registration efforts in the town.

Tyler Born

University of North Carolina – Greensboro

Robert “Tyler” Born is from Greenville,  North Carolina. He is a freshman at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He is a public health education major with a concentration in community health education and a minor in political science. Currently, he is doing research in the public health department that relates to substance abuse and stigma. He is interested in voting as it relates to health and the health of communities. People who are elected make laws on water sanitation, livable wages, and housing regulations. These are all things that affect public health and can impact you if you do not vote.

Brodrick Johnson

University of North Carolina – Greensboro

Brodrick Johnson is a sophomore at the University Of North Carolina at Greensboro majoring in African American studies and political science. He became a Democracy Fellow so he could change the mindset of college students and community members when it comes to voting. In the Greensboro community, there is a plethora of citizens who do not understand the impact of their vote, especially when it comes to electing government officials. Additionally, most college students do not vote because they do not have a permanent residence in Greensboro or because they lack knowledge about how the primary elections work versus the presidential election. By becoming a Democracy Fellow Brodrick will work to educate voters on why their vote counts, give Greensboro residents the history of voting and help people register and vote.

Delaney Vandergrift

North Carolina A&T

Delaney Vandergrift (she/her) is a junior political science student at North Carolina A&T from Raleigh, NC. She has completed two fellowships with Ignite NC and is currently the communications coordinator for Black University; a Black political education coalition in North Carolina. She is passionate about making political education accessible and palatable for marginalized communities and garnering political power to help create a better society for all people.

Diamond Humphrey

North Carolina Central University

Diamon is a native of New Bern, North Carolina and a sophomore at North Carolina Central University majoring in political science with a concentration in pre-law. Diamond sits on the student Judicial Board and is a member of several organizations devoted to the legal aspect of the campus environment. Her ultimate goal would be to attend law school and become an attorney, but she is interested in politics as well. Ms. Humphrey started her legal journey as a junior in high school when she interned at Cooper Spong & Davis, PLC. Where she got the chance to shadow Mr. Steve Leon, who made her realize her passion for law.

Sara Mears

Western Carolina University

Sara Mears is a student at Western Carolina University studying political science, international studies, and business law. Following graduation, Sara plans to continue her education with a Master’s in Public Administration, and hopes to work in the nonprofit management sector, although she ultimately hopes to be in an elected office. Sara discovered her passion for politics and promoting nonpartisan civic engagement first-hand by becoming a part of the grassroots movement known as Moral Monday, that takes place in Raleigh NC, her hometown. These events are what ultimately inspired her to pursue a career in politics and public service.

Zackary Daniels

Western Carolina University

Zackary Daniels is a third year student at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina. He is double majoring in political science and international studies, with a concentration in global poverty and economic development. Zackary is a North Carolina native and loves state politics. After completing his degrees, he plans to attend graduate school to earn an MPA. Zackary is a fellow because he has a passion for civic engagement, and wants to do everything he can to make sure his fellow Catamounts exercise their right to get out and vote!

Harrison Pegram

University of North Carolina – Pembroke

Harrison Pegram was born and raised in Greensboro, North Carolina, and is majoring in business administration at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. On campus he quickly became engaged, becoming an SGA senator, ZTA’s Big Man on Campus, Vice President of his fraternity, as well as a Student Service Leader with a concentration in election engagement. Having no prior election engagement efforts on campus, Harrison quickly recruited a diverse team that made up UNCP’s election engagement campaign, UNCP VOTES. He received the 2017 Community Impact Award for his work in the 2016-17 elections. Harrison has since interned with the town manager of Pembroke, expanding his field of knowledge to local government elections and operations.

Sarah Mitchell

High Point University

After mentoring refugee children throughout high school and teaching ESL to refugees, Sarah moved from her hometown in upstate New York to High Point, North Carolina, to pursue degrees in political science and international relations with a minor in history at High Point University. After spending time working on political field campaigns in the tumultuous battleground states of Florida, North Carolina, and Virginia, Sarah is fueled by a passion for creating change and meeting goals while galvanizing others. In her future endeavors, she is eager to mobilize campuses around voting.

Torri Derby

University of North Carolina

Torri is a senior at the University of North Carolina studying business management with a minor in urban youth and communities. She is involved in UNCC’s JM Mentoring & Associates, Tan Kap Vini, Women In Business, and founded the Students for Education Reform chapter on campus. Torri has much experience as an organizer and working through campaigns with a variety in focuses. Now striving to increase civic engagement among younger generations, she is a fellow with Next Generation and a representative of Campus Vote Project in partnership with 49er Democracy Experience.

Matthew Jarvis

Elizabeth City State University

Matthew is a committed student, leader, and community activist originally from Wake Forest, NC he serves as the president of multiple organizations including Elizabeth City State University Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. He is the co-founder of a boys mentorship group on campus named K.I.N.G.S of Distinction. He is a Chancellors Ambassador and he serves as the Student Government Association’s Speaker of the Student Senate. He has an undeniable love for ECSU and everything in Vikingland.

Carmen Guilford

Elizabeth City State University

Carmen was born and raised in Eastern North Carolina and resides in Rocky Mount. She is an undergraduate student at Elizabeth City State University. In December she will be attaining her bachelor’s degree in business administration with my concentration in management information systems. Last spring she was given the opportunity to work alongside the project manager at ECSU on a project entitled “Paint the Town Blue,” an initiative to partner local businesses and ECSU to offer student discounts for students at ECSU, College of The Albemarle and Mid-Atlantic Christian University. After college she’s planning to go to graduate school and hopes to attain certification in project management by the end of 2019.

Patric Harris

Durham Technical Community College

Patric was born and raised in Durham NC and is a recent high school graduate of Northern Durham High School. He is now attending Durham Technical Community College where he is planning to acquire an associate’s degree in arts before transferring to UNC Chapel Hill to complete a bachelor’s in psychology. Patric is self-driven young man who works two jobs, attends school full time and commits to over 15 hours of volunteer hours per semester as a C-Step student. His love for his community and the diversity within Durham makes him a great addition to the Democracy Fellow team!