Jasmine C. Jackson is a rising Senior Political Science Major at Jackson State University. A Dean’s List scholar, her research interests focuses on controversial political issues that plague minority communities and the effect these issues have on societal placement. Last summer, Jasmine had the privilege of working with Dr. Geoff Ward at the University of California at Irvine on a research that examines historical racial violence. She has vast research experience and has presented at the various conferences, such as, the Pi Sigma Alpha Student conference, the Southern Political Science Association conference in Puerto Rico, and the University of Michigan’s Emerging Scholars Conference. In the future, she hopes to earn a Doctoral degree in Political Science and teach on the collegiate level.
Renzo Olivari is a junior at James Madison University, graduating in May 2017. He is a double major in political science and history, with a minor in political communications. In the 2015-2016 academic year, he was a fellow for the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress, where he researched minorities’ representation in Congress. He also has worked for numerous political campaigns, following his interests in voter mobilization. His research interests include
minorities’ interactions with the political system, as well as campaigning tactics and voter turnout. He plans on attending graduate school to study political science.
Maryam Sarhan is a student at Stockton University in Galloway, New Jersey majoring in political science with minors in international studies, and women’s, gender and sexuality studies. Maryam serves as the student trustee on the Board of Trustees, and has been recently elected to serve as the student senate president. She has received a Stockton Board of Trustees Fellowship for Distinguished Students to conduct civic engagement research while attending the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia this upcoming July. An outspoken advocate for human rights and social justice, she is an active member of Amnesty International of South Jersey as well as Stockton’s Model United Nations team where she represents Stockton nationally and internationally. Maryam teaches and mentors underprivileged students in her local community, and advocates on behalf of the women and girls of Atlantic County on Atlantic County’s Advisory Commission on Women. She plans to pursue a career in International Relations with the United Nations.
Danielle Russell is a third year student at the University of Connecticut and majors in political science. Recently, Danielle has been conducting research on black conservatives, their experiences and how they are received in the black community. Her research interests include cultural diversity and race relations within the United States. After graduating, Danielle plans to pursue a Ph.D. in political science and teach at the collegiate level.
Akua Yamoah, a first generation Ghanaian American born and raised in Florida, majored in Women’s & Gender Studies and International Studies at the University of South Florida. During her time in college, she became a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. and President of Triota Honor Society her senior year. Her love for learning about new cultures and traveling the world led her to do an internship in D.C. for a semester and a summer abroad in Costa Rica. Upon graduation, she plans to give back to her country by participating in AmeriCorps then attending graduate school in Fall 2017 for political science and public policy.
Heidi Obediente is a third year undergraduate student at the University of Central Florida (UCF). She obtained her associates degree a semester after finishing high school, and is now pursuing a B.A. in International and Global studies, minor in Cognitive Sciences, and certificate in Intelligence and Security. Heidi is an active member of Pi Sigma Alpha, Golden Key Honor Society, the National Honor Society of Leadership and Success, Tau Sigma, and three campus organizations. Heidi is active in volunteer work: theBoys and Girls Club, the Invictus games, UNICEF, Women’s Day, and the Childhood Cancer Foundation. Before graduating she will spend a semester studying at the University of Groningen, and conduct original independent research through UCF’s Honors in the Major program. After completing her undergraduate studies, she intends to pursue a doctoral degree in politics science with an emphasis on social policy. Her research interests include: gender politics, equality rights, global environmental sustainability.
Ana Jones is a native of Shelby, North Carolina and is currently a junior at North Carolina Central University majoring in political science. She is an advocate for racial equality and social justice and enjoys learning how state and local policies affect the lives of those she is closest to. She hopes to attend graduate school in political science to further her interest in political psychology and to begin her research on the psyche of the black community in the arena of politics. She also hopes to become a promoter of political education and reform in her local community.
Dara Gaines is an honors junior majoring in political science at The University of Arkansas. She is the Vice-President of the Lambda Theta Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. She is also a Silas H. Hunt and Dean’s List scholar, President of the Black Student’s Association and Vice-President of the Black Alumni Association. Dara was recently selected as the undergraduate recipient of the Northwest Arkansas Democratic Black Caucus Emerging Leader Scholarship. Due to her passion for history and working with children, Dara has developed an interest in the political participation habits of Black youth. Exploring various ways to stimulate their interest, Dara hopes her research will help to increase their participation, even to the point of holding office themselves. After college, Dara will enroll in a political science graduate program focusing on public policy.