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Auburn University History Major Starts Summer of Living Democracy in Roanoke

​Recent Auburn University graduate Joy Porter will be living and learning in Roanoke this summer as a Living Democracy Fellow. She will be hosted by the Randolph County Economic Development Authority and will work closely with 2012 Living Democracy Fellow Marian Royston.

 Porter, a history major from Nashville, Tennessee, will spend 10 weeks in Roanoke, a new Living Democracy community.  She will be working with Royston, who has returned to her hometown to work on community initiatives.

“Living Democracy is very near to my heart. I’m beyond excited that Roanoke has been added as one of the host towns this year,” Royston said. Living Democracy aims to bring together citizens and students to collaborate on issues that concern Alabamians.

Porter said, “Living Democracy feels like the perfect culmination of all the community projects I’ve worked on during my time at Auburn. This summer will allow me to do one of the things I like best: connecting with people who are passionate about making their community a better place.”

Porter will team up with Royston and others in Roanoke to work on a creating a curriculum for an upcoming local youth development program. Royston said, “I’m proud of Roanoke, and I can’t wait for Joy to discover it with a fresh set of eyes. We’re in for a great summer.”

A graduate of Brentwood High School, Porter is the daughter of Bob and Lee Porter.

Living Democracy is a program of Auburn University’s College of Liberal Arts. Students serve as Jean O'Connor Snyder Interns with the David Mathews Center for Civic Life, a program jointly administered by the University of Alabama's New College.

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