Willow Lopez is a senior, graduating in December of 2019, with a major in political science from the University of Dayton. In Spring 2019, Willow was selected to participate in the Dayton2DC program which provides her the opportunity to connect with University of Dayton alumni in the federal government. Willow is also a standing member of the academic senate representing social sciences through the Student Government Association at her university. As a passionate advocate for gender equality and increased awareness of sexual violence in the United States, Willow is currently researching the relationship between local government leadership and volume of reported sexual violence incidents within communities along the US-Mexico border. She was recently chosen to continue this research through the university’s Dean’s Summer Fellowship. Her post-graduate plans include conducting further research into gender and racial equality and how it impacts the interactions between the United States and Latin American countries.
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