Deja Bryant is an honors student at Howard University, majoring in political science and minoring in journalism. Deja is an Artishia and Frederick Jordan Scholar as well as a Reginald F. Lewis Scholar at the university. Passionate about activism, Deja is serving her second term as the vice president of Howard University’s NAACP chapter and works to mobilize disenfranchised communities through political and civic engagement. She also serves as the secretary for the Howard University Political Science Society. Deja’s dedication to social justice, people and politics is reflected in her various research experiences. She has worked as a researcher for the Digital Ward Valley project focusing on the activism of Native American tribes in Ward Valley, California; and as a policy and programs intern at the Public School Forum of North Carolina. She has explored racial equity at the intersection of education, government and advocacy; and worked as a researcher for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Avoice Virtual Library. Deja is currently conducting her undergraduate honors thesis research on partisanship as it relates to political behavior within the black electorate. Deja aspires to advance her education by entering into a dual JD/PhD program and embarking on a career that embodies equity, equality and giving voice to disenfranchised groups.
About the RBSI Program
The RBSI is an annual, intensive five-week program held at Duke University. It is designed to introduce to the world of doctoral study in political science those undergraduate students from under-represented racial and ethnic groups or those interested in broadening participation in political science and pursuing scholarship on issues affecting under-represented groups or issues of indigenous politics, sovereignty, or governance. Participants in the RBSI are drawn from a competitive national applicant pool. The RBSI Selection Committee reviews applications and makes decisions during the month of February. The 2019 program will be held from May 26 to June 27, 2019 at Duke University. Questions can be directed to Annalisa Dias-Mandoly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submit your application here. Applications are due January 18, 2019.