Alisha Fletcher graduated from Northeastern State University in May of 2018 with a Bachelor's degree in Political Science and is currently working on a Master's degree in American Studies. A passionate advocate for social change, Alisha held many leadership roles while an undergraduate student, both on-campus and off. During an internship with our local city government, she gathered information and feedback from Tahlequah residents and NSU students that contributed to the development of a comprehensive plan to improve the city. The experience she has gained working to improve community outreach, increasing community awareness of local issues, and implementing social change provides her with a great deal of practical knowledge. As a Newman Civic Fellow, we believe Alisha will gain valuable ideas and skills to bring back to our community.
Civic engagement is a value that was instilled in me as a young child. Growing up in poverty, I was driven to work towards bettering both my own life and the lives of others. Since I've been in college, I have done this through volunteer efforts and involvement both on my campus and in my community. In my work as an intern for the City of Tahlequah, I brought those worlds together through my work on the city's Comprehensive Plan. I worked to build community in Tahlequah by leading a concentrated effort to include the voices of students in the planning for the city's future.
Following graduation, I worked on various political campaigns to ensure that our representatives are accurately representing their constituents. Since returning to graduate school, I have begun work as a Graduate Assistant, where I facilitate leadership courses designed to empower students to develop leadership skills based on self-awareness and social responsibility. I also continue to work with local campaigns to ensure that my community is making progressive steps forward while including the voices of college students, who are valuable members of the community. I am passionate about creating positive change through collaboration and community building.