Campus Vote Project Democracy Fellows

North Carolina

Samantha Burch

Western Carolina University

Samantha is a student intern working with civic engagement and voter registration in North Carolina, specifically on Western Carolina University’s campus. Samantha is a member of the Student Social Work Association, and has previously served on the executive board as historian, and ICC delegate of this association. Working closely with the Andrew Goodman Foundation, she has participated in various voter registration drives, and voter education events. In February, Samantha attended the Moral March on Raleigh with the Andrew Goodman Foundation, which was in protest to the recent voter suppression laws passed in North Carolina. She believes that being civically engaged is important to all voters, but especially to students who may be unaware or misinformed about new laws, and the registration process.

Katherine Balough

Western Carolina University

Katherine Balough is a senior in the social work program at Western Carolina University. Through social work, she has found her voice in advocating for social justice. An enormous aspect of social justice includes becoming civically engaged by taking advantage of our voting rights. It is important that her peers understand the importance of voting and that it is a representation of one’s own voice. Becoming civically engaged can be an extraneous process but she enjoys registering voters, organizing events, educating future voters and learning more about America’s political system along the way. She strongly believes that staying aware of our nation’s political actions make us better citizens and allows us to make educated decisions when voting.

Tia George

East Carolina University

Tia George is a senior at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC, where she majors in Political Science and minors in Communications. Originally from Whiteville, NC, a rural city in Southeastern NC, Tia has always taken interest into government, law, and the political arenas. Her time spent at East Carolina has been dedicated to her studies and volunteering, and as of this year she is one of the newest members of East Carolina’s Student Conduct Board. Upon completing her undergraduate studies, Tia plans to attend graduate school at North Carolina State University, to obtain her Masters in Public Administration.

Jessica Rodriguez

East Carolina University

Jessica Rodriguez graduated from Brookdale Community College in May 2015 with an Associate Degree in the Arts. After this completion, she transferred to ECU and expects to graduate in 2018 with her Bachelor’s Degree in Middle Grades Education: Social Studies and English. At ECU, she has participated in opportunities like the LeaderShape Institute, MLK Day of Service, Alternative Break Experience, among others. She is most proud of her involvement in the Chancellor’s Student Leadership Academy where she received the Margaret Chase Smith Courage Award.  Jessica is eager to continue growing and being an active member of the ECU community throughout her remaining years here.

Charles Williamson

University of North Carolina – Charlotte

Charles Williamson is currently an undergraduate student attending the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where he is poised to graduate from UNC Charlotte in May 2017 with majors in both International Studies and Philosophy; and with concentrations in Women’s and Gender Studies (WGST) and Holocaust Genocide and Human Rights Studies (HGHR). Charles has structured his coursework to emphasize his passion for Human Rights across age, race, gender, culture, democracy, and the environment. Charles is presently an intern with Carolina Refugee Resettlement Agency located in Charlotte, NC witnessing firsthand, the varying cultural experiences of refugees. Since enrolling at UNC Charlotte, Charles has been selected to serve on the Multicultural Resource Center’s Student Council, and has worked as a member of UNC Charlotte’s Native American Student Organization (NASO) and Association for India’s Development (AID). His advocacy for democracy has also led him to participate in the New Economic Coalition’s (NEC) 2013 campus initiatives of student convergences on campus colleges nationwide that demonstrated relationship building for a new economic democracy and programs of actions; Charles helped to organize and host North Carolina’s convergence, ReWeaving NC (2013), held at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Upon completion of his undergrad, Charles plans to attend law school to continue to work for Human Rights.

Paula De Maria Campos

University of North Carolina – Charlotte

Paula De Maria Campos is an undergraduate student at UNCC completing her degree in International Studies, with a concentration in development, in the fall of 2016. She is also part of the early entry Master’s program in Latin America studies. She was born in Mexico and moved to the US with her family in search for a better education at the young age of fifteen years old. Facing the challenge of learning another language and adapting to a new culture, fired a newfound interest in Paula to learn different cultures and languages.

Freddy Serrano-Jimenez

University of North Carolina – Greensboro

Freddy is Studying Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He is a Resident Advisor in one of the residence halls on his campus and is very involved with various clubs and organizations. Through his job as an RA, Freddy is able to talk to residents about topics such as civic engagement and voting. Freddy believes that young college students need to know the importance of voting and how it can have a significant impact on their everyday lives. When Freddy heard about Campus Vote Project, he wanted to get involved so that he can educate his peers on the importance of voting and make a difference on his campus.

Khyla Wood

Durham Tech

My name is Khyla Wood, and I’m an Arts major at Durham Technical Community College. I couldn’t be more excited to be a fellow for Campus Vote Project. I have been a student all my life, and I feel as though we all could use voting education, even down to state and city elections. I hope to make a big difference in this organization and the lives of my peers.

Marwa Tazzit

Wake Tech

Marwa Tazzit is a rising second year student from Raleigh, NC majoring in computer science. She has been active in student government since her first year in WTCC. There, she was elected as the secretary and was part of a team that re-wrote SGA constitution.  Marwa is also member of Phi Theta Kappa honor society, an engineering club representative, and an active community volunteer through the Office of Volunteerism and Leadership. She focuses on voter engagement efforts and education equality through her volunteer work with organizations. Marwa is excited to engage students and build campus supports for continued civic engagement!

Hayley Gardner

University of North Carolina – Pembroke

Haylee is a senior at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke majoring in political science with a concentration in pre-law and a minor in criminal justice. She is currently a Democracy Fellow with Campus Vote Project and as well as a small job on campus in the library. She volunteers with the UNCP Votes Campaign, and is a writer on global health and poverty for the BORGEN magazine. She serves as a senior senator – Student Government Association, Liaison – Pre-Law Society, Secretary – Criminal Justice Club, and is also an Honors College member at UNCP.

Allen Walker

University of North Carolina – Greensboro

Allen is a highly motivated member from Myrtle Beach, SC. A senior political science and African American Diaspora studies double major with a concentration in prelaw. An individual with a love for civic engagement, who has held positions such as former Student Government Vice President, Legislative Chair, NAACP member, and a service-member of the North Carolina Army National Guard.

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