Campus Vote Project Democracy Fellows


Joshua Palko

Tennessee State University

Joshua is a full-time student majoring in criminal justice and minoring in nonprofit management and leadership at Tennessee State University, in Nashville. Upon completion of his undergraduate degree, he intends on continuing his education to achieve a Master’s Degree of Public Administration with career ambitions pertaining to the United State Federal Marshal Service.

Shon Holman

East Tennessee State University

Shon Holman is an interdisciplinary studies-BS major at East Tennessee State University or ETSU with plans to graduate by the end of May 2019. Shon became a Democracy Fellow when he realized he could do more on campus to make sure the student population was educated on voter education and participating in our country’s democracy. The mission of The Campus Vote Project organization falls in line with Shon’s personal interest of improving and advancing the quality of life for the members of his and all communities through education and advocacy because all community members regardless of any marginalized status deserve equal economic, political and social rights and opportunities.

Kyla Scott

East Tennessee State University

Kyla Scott is an undergraduate student at East Tennessee State University’s Honors College. She is majoring in Health Sciences with a concentration in Microbiology. She aspires to work in global health field one day. Kyla believes in the core importance of human rights advocacy and has been an active voice in lobbying for immigration and criminal justice reform. She is passionate about community service and about educating others on injustices around the community. She is excited to be a part of the Campus Votes Project!

Kelly Baker-Hefley

Tennessee State University

Kelly Baker-Hefley is a graduate student in the School of Public Service at Tennessee State University. At TSU, Kelly is a member of the Community Democracy Project, a joint effort between faculty, students, and community leaders to collect qualitative and quantitative data to understand student participation and interest in government and policy. CPD is using this data to develop programs and activities to increase political engagement on at the university. In addition to her campus-centered efforts, Kelly leads voter registration drives in her community and sits on two municipal committees in her hometown. For Kelly, democracy is more than a beautiful experiment, it’s a way of life.