NC Civic Impact Fellowship


2023 is the pilot year for the NC Civic Impact Fellowship (CIF). This Fellowship is an 18-month long program that empowers outstanding civic-minded student leaders across North Carolina to develop a project that will have a lasting positive impact on their campus. Fellows are nominated by their college or university President/Chancellor based on their potential to excel in civic and community service leadership. Throughout the fellowship, students engage in monthly skill-building training, attend a leadership camp, and present a project capstone.

2023 NC Civic Impact Fellows

The 2023 NC Civic Impact Fellows were selected in the Fall 2023 semester, and began their fellowship term in the Spring 2024 semester. Fellows meet monthly to discuss their Impact Project design and implementation, and to receiving professional skill development training. 

Trinitee Smith, Elizabeth City State University

Trinitee is an active student leader at Elizabeth City State University. She is involved with the North Carolina Black Alliance as well as Campus Vote Project. Some of the events that Trinitee has organized include March to the Polls and National Voter Registration Day.  

Xypher Pino, Greensboro College

Xypher is the Food Drive Coordinator for the Greensboro College Honors Program Coordinator, NC Campus Engagement Hunger Ambassador, and Village 401 Volunteer. His recent successes include ssecuring the Grand Overall Prize of $10,000 in the NC Collegiate Hunger Challenge, which will be used to support the Greensboro College food pantry. 

Osliany Mora-Morejon, High Point University

Osliany is a the Co-President of the Bonner Leaders program at High Point and a dedicated volunteer with youth community organization D-Up Inc as a Youth Enrichment Advisor. She is also a committed member of in student organizations including “Never Interrupt Happiness” (N.I.H.) and the HPU chapter of the NAACP.

Indigo Lesser, UNC Asheville

Indigo serves as the President of UNC Asheville Campus Entertainment, President of UNCA for Menstrual Equity, and Co-President of the Trans Student Union. Additionally, they are deeply involved in the UNC Asheville community through their role as an Orientation Assistant, Peer Mentor, and Undergraduate Research and Community Engaged Scholar in collaboration with Planned Parenthood.

Magally Ortiz-Rojas, UNC Pembroke

Magally has proven her commitment to civic and community through a variety of avenues on and off campus. She has raised student voter turnout through campus-wide voter registration drives, organized campus sustainability and environmentalism projects, and spearheaded fundraising campaigns that raised $10,000 for the UNCP CARE Resource Center.

Seimy Mendoza, Warren Wilson College

Seimy serves as a volunteer across various organizations, including Habitat for Humanity, Mentoring and Nurturing Our Students (M.A.N.O.S.), and Bounty & Soul’s food market. Seimy is also involved through student organizations, particularly within the African/Black, Latiné, Indigenous, Asian (ALIA) Student Affinity Group and the college’s Inclusion Diversity and Equity (WIDE) initiative.

Christopher Simmering, William Peace University

Christopher is a founding member of the Civic Order student organization at William Peace University, driven by the mission to foster peaceful political discourse and enhance civic engagement at William Peace. His contributions have included hosting “Constitution Day” to educate students about the law, facilitating multiple Democratic Dialogues, and achieving the top prize in the 2023 NCCE Redesigning Democracy Competition.

For questions about the NC Civic Impact Fellowship, contact Sam Delap (

Nomination Process

  1. A staff/faculty nominator selects a student for the CISA. This automatically nominates the student to be an NC Civic Impact Fellow. While not required, CISA winners receive first preference for the fellowship. 
  2. Nominator requests and receives a Presidential Letter of Approval to nominate the student.
  3. Nominator submit the letter of approval and student information using the CISA form.
  4. If the student wants to opt out of the Fellowship, the nominator may elect to submit the student for the CISA without attaching the Presidential Letter of Approval.

All Fellows should meet the eligibility criteria below:

  • Sophomore or Junior (4-year) or first year student (2-year)
  • Nominated by their institution’s president through a Presidential Letter of Approval (requested and submitted by the student’s nominator)
  • Commitment to developing, implementing, and leading an impactful project that will produce tangible results on their campus