Gaviota Del Mar Hernández Quiñones is a senior at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland, where she belongs to the Cater Society, a research fellowship for high-achieving students. Originally from Puerto Rico, Gaviota migrated to the United States to study political science. There, she founded the university’s first Latin American Students’ Association and became engaged in campus life by participating in the Black History Month and Latinx History Month committees. As a teacher assistant for the Modern Languages Department, she teaches 100-level and 200-level Spanish undergraduate courses. Hernández Quiñones is also a Community Outreach Coordinator and interviewer for the National Home Front Project, a World War II oral history program. Her. Moreover, she emphasizes the importance of intersectionality as framework for the study of individual and collective political behavior. Upon graduation, Gaviota intends to enroll in an interdisciplinary PhD program in political science to pursue research on US-Latin American relations, democracy, and the establishment of neo-liberalism across the American continent.
About the RBSI Program
The 2020 APSA Ralph Bunche Summer Institute (RBSI) for undergraduate juniors interested in pursuing a graduate degree in political science will be held over five weeks from late-May through late-June 2020 at Duke University. RBSI introduces the world of doctoral study in political science to undergraduate students from under-represented racial and ethnic groups and those interested in broadening participation in political science and pursuing scholarship on issues affecting underrepresented groups or issues of tribal sovereignty and governance.
Program Dates and Eligibility
The 2020 APSA RBSI Program will take place from May 31, 2020 to July 2, 2020 at Duke University. The RBSI Recruitment Fair will be held on June 19, and the RBSI Closing Banquet will be held on July 1, 2020.
 Photos taken by Shaun King, Duke Political Science Communications Specialist