ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. – Throughout her time at Elizabeth City State University, Trinitee Smith has been a vocal advocate for voter registration and civic engagement. 

“I actively participate in various clubs and fellowships, including the NAACP and NC Civic Impact Fellowship,” says Smith. “Additionally, I proudly serve as a civic engagement ambassador on campus, furthering my commitment to community involvement and social impact.”  

Smith, a junior social work, and criminal justice student, has been actively involved in voter registration and education efforts on campus, has been recognized as an ‘All-in to Vote Honor Student’ for her exemplary leadership and commitment to promoting a culture of civic responsibility amongst her peers. 

Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) student Trinitee Smith was recognized as 1 of 137 students for nonpartisan voter registration and turnout successes in 2023.  

“Being chosen for this award is truly remarkable. It reflects my dedication to civic engagement and my passion for educating others about liberation, rights, and freedom of speech,” says Smith. “I see it as an opportunity to continue advocating for meaningful change and inspiring others to contribute to the causes they care about.” 

Smith’ efforts have played a significant role in increasing voter participation among students at ECSU. Through her continued efforts, she hopes to inspire her peers to become more actively engaged in the democratic process and empower them to make a difference in their communities. 

“Through my involvement and interactions with students, I've learned that feedback and patience are essential in attracting new supporters to our cause,” she said. “I must remain open to guidance from mentors like Dr. Banks, Dr. Hinton, and Keosha Arnold, who have provided me with invaluable insights into the essence of civic engagement.” 

Smith’s advocacy is truly aligned with her career aspirations of becoming a licensed clinical therapist and elected official.  

“My two professions will be connected by listening to my community and their needs and wants from their chosen policy,” she said.