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1Campus 1Community at Millsaps College

1C1C is home base for three Americorps VISTA members who we know and love as simply "the fellows." Coordinating Leadership Team projects, Wellspring sites, CEL projects, and working with community partners, the fellows are recognized all over Jackson.

In addition to the campus programs, they coordinate volunteers and participants in community initiatives as well, focusing on economic development, education, the environment, and health.


1C1C Fellows


Alex Fraser
Alex Fraser graduated from Millsaps College in 2013 with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Education.  Working in the Jackson community while a Millsaps student helped Alex developed an understanding of the importance of community engagement, and he hopes to further explore that concept this year. Through 1C1C, Alex aspires to form lasting relationships, and work to improve the lives of the students and teachers in the neighboring community. With an understanding in best practices in education, and a body of knowledge based in policy and political theory, Alex wishes to give back to the community through genuine, authentic, and engaged work particularly through an examination of the needs of those working in the public school system in Jackson. When not working, Alex likes to make puns and hang out with his pet rabbit, Honey.

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Mary Elizabeth Smithson
Mary Elizabeth Smithson graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude from the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College at the University of Mississippi in May 2014. She earned a B.A. in Anthropology with a minor in Sociology and wrote her senior thesis about voluntourism in post-Katrina New Orleans. To put this academic knowledge to practical use, she sought out a position with 1 Campus 1 Community to return to her home city of Jackson, MS. As a 1C1C fellow focused on education and community engaged learning, Mary Elizabeth hopes to better understand the issues facing teachers and students in the Jackson Public School system as well as appreciate the value of community engagement as a learning component, especially between the Midtown neighborhood and Millsaps College. When she is not in front of her office computer, she likes to hang out with her dog, Iko, hula hoop, and watch live music.

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Grace Williams
Grace Williams is returning for a second year at 1C1C as Senior Fellow and Project Coordinator for Economic Development. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude from Millsaps College in 2013, where she majored in English and minored in Economics and Faith & Work. As a 1C1C Fellow Grace has organized first-time events like the Millsaps-Midtown Free Tax Filing Days and the Jackson Community Housing Expo, in addition to co-coordinating annual events like Block Party and Halloween Trunk-or-Treat. Grace, an Atlanta native, is looking forward to another year in her adopted hometown of Jackson. When not working, she enjoys hanging out in Midtown and exploring local music, arts, and cultural events throughout the city.

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Jennifer Lewton-Yates
Ph.D. Candidate, Brown University
B.A. Ohio Wesleyan University 2003
As the 1Campus 1Community Project Director, Jenni oversees 1C1C programs, serves as Americorps supervisor, and teaches interdisciplinary courses in community engagement for students in the Wellspring intentional learning community. "All small liberal arts colleges are great at building their own communities. What Millsaps does particularly well is connect its students to the community outside the campus gates, too. I'm thrilled to be a part of the team that makes that happen."  Jenni also regularly teaches Latin, Greek, and literature in translation courses for the Classical Studies Department. When she isn't helping Millsaps students engage with the community or ancient languages, she's invariably spending some quality time with her daughter, Lily.

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