Silvia Ferrer is a first-generation honors student at the University of California, Riverside, double majoring in political science and English. She is passionate about writing, immigrant rights, and community involvement. Ms. Ferrer has interned at the Superior Court of San Bernardino, the UCR Office of Campus Counsel, and now interns at the Office of Representative Pete Aguilar (D-CA). Her background has shaped her research interests in racial equity, immigration policies, and politics within the digital age. Inspired by her own experiences, Silvia is currently conducting her undergraduate honors thesis with Dr. Loren Collingwood on the university experience of undocumented students. She plans to pursue her interest in public service through the AmeriCorps program, then aspires to continue her education by entering a dual JD/political science PhD program that will join her interest in the law and academia.
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