Meet DFP Fall Fellow, Yamilet Velez, Smith College

The APSA Diversity Fellowship Program, established in 1969, aims to increase diversity in the discipline of political science. The Fall DFP supports students who are currently in the process of applying to PhD programs in political science for Fall 2022 admission. Fellows will receive $5,000, over two years, to support their studies.

Yamilet Velez is a senior at Smith College majoring in government. She is interested in pursuing a PhD in Political Science with a focus on Comparative Politics and Latin America. She is also currently a full-time intern with the Brookings Institution, a think tank in D.C committed to expanding political research. In the past, she has interned with CHIRLA, a non-profit where she conducted civic engagement work. She was also a UCLA DREAM Summer 2020 fellow which gave her the opportunity to conduct research on brand and worker violations in the garment industry in Los Angeles during the pandemic. Velez is particularly interested in the intersection of indigenous peoples’ citizenship rights and environmental movements. Velez hopes to amplify indigenous voices in Latin American politics, and she hopes her diverse work background and indigenous identity will help her design research that is inclusive and reflective of indigenous movements and goals.