Chryl Laird, PhD
Assistant Professor, Saint Louis University
RBSI Class of 2004
“RBSI created a network of scholars that have been able to provide me with guidance and mentorship. Many of my closest friendships are with RBSI scholars across cohorts. It prepared me for the challenges that I have faced pursuing an academic career. It made me an advocate for increasing minority representation and faculty in the academy, specifically in the field of Political Science. I sent my first advisee to Bunche in 2014. I remember the speaker series from the program. Being able to meet some of the top scholars field was quite an experience. My favorite speakers were Scott Paige and Melissa Harris Perry. Paige ended up writing about the discussion our class had with him in his book, The Difference. The speaker series showed us what we could be in the future and how Bunche would prepare us to be strong scholars.”
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