Kaiyla Banks, University of Pennsylvania
Kaiyla Banks is a rising senior at the University of Pennsylvania. She is currently majoring in political science with a concentration in American politics. She is a Mayor’s Scholar, a member of Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society, and a research assistant under political scientist and professor Dr. Gillion. She also serves as a journalist for Christian Union Magazine, and as a peer mentor for PennCAP for 10-12 first-generation, low-income students a year. Kaiyla worked as a Fox Fellow for the PRRUCS Collegium Institute in the summer of 2019 and has been recognized twice for Academic Excellence from the Onyx Senior Society at the University of Pennsylvania. Following her undergraduate studies, Kaiyla is interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in American Politics with a concentration in race and ethnic politics. Her research interests include identity politics and their effects on political behavior, political protests and their efficacy in political action, and race-based voter discrimination in political institutions.