Living Democracy

Auburn University Student Begins Work in Selma

Illyshia Parker (left) with Community Partner, Callie Nelson (right)Auburn University journalism major Illyshia Parker is living and working in Selma for ten weeks this summer as part of Auburn’s Living Democracy initiative.

She will be working with community partner Callie Nelson, Dallas County Extension Coordinator, on a variety of civic efforts. 

“I’m looking forward to her working across generations in our community and learning about how the Selma story is a weaving together of all generations, heritages and diversities. I can’t wait to see how she will capture that in her work her this summer,” Nelson said.

Parker said, “One of my goals for the summer is to help develop more opportunities for youth to connect with one another while participating in constructive activities that will enhance the community.”

A graduate of Woodlawn High School in Birmingham, Parker is the daughter of Illya and Renee Parker.  

She said, “I’m ready to see what Selma has in store for me because I can already feel the energy. I’m confident not only that I will learn a lot about the way true democracy works, but I’m sure I’ll have an awesome time.”

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.

Last Updated: May 26, 2015