Joy Fulkerson has inspired students to be leaders in their communities through her work at East Tennessee State University. After receiving her Bachelor’s Degree from ETSU in 1998 in Mass Communications and Public Relations, Joy was hired by ETSU to work with students interested in civic engagement through Volunteer ETSU and Alternative Spring Break as well as students who are developing their leadership skills in the campus’s greek life organizations. Joy’s infectious smile, positive outlook, and ability to see the possibility in any situation are what attract students to her and enable her to foster a collaborative environment. Scores of students have continued their focus on community engagement and volunteerism because of her influence.

Currently, Joy serves as the Assistant Director of Leadership and Civic Engagement in the Student Organization Resource Center (SORC) at ETSU. There, she collaborates with other campus and community organizations and offices to develop service-learning programs, create community service opportunities, and offer civic engagement activities. She continues to advice Volunteer ETSU and the Alternative Spring Break Program.

Additionally, Joy is responsible for registering ETSU students to vote by holding voter registration drives throughout the year and helping each new voter understand how and when to vote. This service establishes and cements for each student the vital responsibility of voting in our democracy.

Originally from Hawkins County, Tennessee, Joy has worked to not only make Washington County, Tennessee her home, but to nurture our shared community with her time, talents, and experience. We are lucky to have Joy here and appreciate all that she does to foster positive change.

Thank you Joy Fulkerson!

Kate Craig

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