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Jurisdiction: Elizabeth City

University: Elon University

Hometown: Woodbridge, VA

Mikaela graduated from Elon University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Spanish. During her time at Elon, Mikaela received an award for outstanding undergraduate research and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, Pi Sigma Alpha, and Sigma Delta Pi. She is also an inaugural Phi Beta Kappa Key into Public Service Scholar. Additionally, she served as treasurer of the Pi Sigma Alpha Undergraduate Journal of Politics.


Blog Posts

My first big project

by Mikaela Benton

Coming into this fellowship I was very excited at the notion of spearheading a project, any project, something that would have lasting meaning and fill a need in the community. I’m not sure why, but the fact that it had to be something tangible was a goal of mine and …


Race and Space: A Reflection from Class Readings

by Mikaela Benton

Throughout my time in Elizabeth City, something has become quite clear to me; downtown is an area that Black people do not frequent. For a city that is 50% Black, I hardly ever see Black people in the downtown area. This subject of conversation came up during my Listening Tour …


Getting to know Local Government

by Mikaela Benton

In my first three months in Elizabeth City, I have seen so much. I came into this fellowship with limited knowledge about the inner workings of local government and now in this third month, I feel like I have seen it all. From Black Lives Matter Mural re-dedications to Technical …