Jordan Farris is a fourth-year honor student majoring in political science at the University of Arkansas. He is a Walmart Endowed Scholar as well as a Camden E. Green Scholar at the university. Mr. Farris has served as an academic coach for eight first-generation students, summer mentor and residential assistant for underrepresented students, and is a founding father of Theta Chi Fraternity. He now serves as a Student Ambassador, and as an Ambassador for the Accelerate Student Achievement Program. In December of 2016, he created an organization geared toward increasing the number of minority students attending an accredited four-year institution. Jordan’s work with this organization earned him acceptance to attend Harvard’s Kennedy School esteemed Public Policy Leadership Conference in February 2018. After graduating from the University of Arkansas, Jordan plans to seek a PhD in political science to help strengthen his advocacy for marginalized communities. Jordan is committed to highlighting the pervasive social, economic, and political injustices in our country and believes the most effective way to initiate and galvanize change is through public policy.
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.