APSA Diversity & Inclusion Programs Quarterly Newsletter
February 2017
Happy New Year! 

We are pleased to announce the first edition of the new, quarterly APSA Diversity and Inclusion Programs newsletter.  This e-newsletter is shared with diversity and inclusion program alumni and friends. It will feature program updates, upcoming opportunities and deadlines, alumni news, resources to advance diversity and inclusion, as well as information on how to connect within the APSA Diversity and Inclusion alumni network. 

We want to hear from you! Did you recently get your PhD, publish a book or accept a new position? Please submit any professional or academic announcements or updates that you would like to have considered for posting in our upcoming newsletter here.
APSA Diversity and Inclusion Program Updates
Minority Student Recruitment Program
Thank you to all 36 MSRP departments who have enrolled for 2016-17 and have been actively recruiting students from underrepresented backgrounds to PhD programs in political science. View currently enrolled departments here .
Minority Fellowship Program
APSA congratulates all of the 2017-18 APSA Minority Fellowship Program fellows  named this fall. Funded fellows receive a $4,000 fellowship and a letter of support from the APSA. The newly named fellows are in the process of applying to PhD programs in political science. See the full list of MFP fellows here.

Read more about 2017-18 MFP Fellow Donovan A. Watts in this feature from Central Michigan University here.
APSA seeks RBSI and MFP alumni mentors to provide professional advice to current RBSI scholars and MFP fellows. Share your professional experiences and advice wtih early career scholars. We are especially seeking mentors for women, individuals from underrepresented backgrounds, and individuals interested in both nonacademic and the academic job market. Visit the APSA Mentoring webpage or contact us for more information. 

APSA Ralph Bunche Summer Institute (RBSI)
Celebrating 30th Years of Excellence!
2016 marked the 30th anniversary of the APSA Ralph Bunche Summer Institute. To date there are over 500 RBSI Alumni. The 2017 RBSI Program will kick off May 2017 at Duke University, under the directional Dr. Paula D. McClain. 
Special Features in Diversity and Inclusion
APSA 2016 Election Reflections
Prior to the election, APSA's Diversity and Inclusion Programs Office issued a call for scholarly reflections, original research notes, and classroom exercises that shed light upon diversity, political behavior, public opinion and the 2016 Campaign and Election. What resulted is series of 2016 Election Reflections, covering a range of election related topics and research methods. RBSI Alumna Andra Gillespie, Class of 1997, kicked off the series with her piece on leverage politics. 

Read the 2016 Election Reflection Series as they appeared on PSNow or view the full series
Diversity & Inclusion Programs Webinar Series
This Fall, APSA Diversity & Inclusion Programs launched a webinar series to assist students with their applications to graduate programs in political science. The first webinar took place on October 28, 2016 and featured Villanova University's Dr. Camille Burge, RBSI 2007, speaking to students about crafting their personal statements. The second webinar featured UC Berkeley's 3rd year PhD candidate, Justine Davis, MFP 2014-15, speaking to students about spring semester priorities and tips on late deadline applications. Cornell University's David Cortez, RBSI 2010 and MFP 2011-12, spoke to students in January about making graduate school decisions. If you would like to be involved in the series or lead a webinar, please email Annalisa Dias-Mandoly at  adiasmandoly@apsanet.org
Alumni Updates
Gladys Mitchell-Walthour (MFP 2002-2003) was elected in 2016 as vice president of the Brazil Studies Association. She also accepted a tenure track position as assistant professor in the Department of Africology (Africana Studies) at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee.
Victoria Jackson (RBSI 2009) graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with her Master's degree in Government/Political Science, and is currently a first year law student at The University of La Verne in Southern California.

Carolina Ferrerosa Young (RBSI 2008, MFP 2012) is now a fifth year PhD candidate in Political Science at Columbia University, focusing on American Politics and quantitative methods. She is currently pursuing research projects on representational inequality, legislative political behavior, and experimental methods, and is a 2016-2017 Visiting Scholar at APSA's Centennial Centennial for Political Science and Public Affairs. Carolina is also a 2012 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and a Columbia University Dean's Fellow.

Best regards,
Kimberly A. Mealy, PhD
Director of Diversity and Inclusion Programs
Annalisa Dias-Mandoly
Program Coordinator, Diversity and Inclusion Programs

In this Issue
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Make a Donation to RBSI 
Contribute to the APSA Ralph Bunche Fund
Consider making a pledge to the APSA Ralph Bunche Fund. A pledge to the Ralph Bunche Fund of $10.00, $25.00 or even $50.00 a month for the next year can help ensure the long term future of this program. 

Program Spotlight: Advancing Diversity Recruitment & Retention
Check out examples of departments and institutions that are working to increase diversity in the profession. 

See the program spotlights on Advancing Diversity Recruitment and Retention in the Profession on the APSA Diversity and Inclusion resources page.

Get Connected 
APSA is the premier association for political scientists around the world who share your enthusiasm and commitment to your career and the profession. APSA membership gives you collaboration and opportunities that are vital to your professional development. APSA members have access to diversity and inclusion resources, a wealth of benefits, grants, and programs.

View our membership page for  more information and look for a special offer to you from APSA Member Services coming this spring!

Alumni Groups
Join the APSA RBSI and MFP Alumni LinkedIn Groups. Email diversityprograms@apsanet.org for more infomration. 
External Opportunities
Deadline: March 31
The W.E.B. Du Bois Program supports quantitative and qualitative research on the intersections of race, offending, victimization, and the fair administration of justice for both juveniles and adults.  

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