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Announcing the 2021 Equity and Inclusion Fellows


Congratulations to the 2021 Equity & Inclusion Fellowship recipients!

In an effort to encourage participation by underrepresented students in APPAM and its activities, the Policy Council and APPAM’s Diversity Committee created the APPAM Equity & Inclusion Fellowship in April 2016. New in 2021, APPAM expanded the fellowship to support young professionals. The fellowships support the participation of 40 students and five young professionals from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds at the  2021 APPAM Fall Research Conference, November 11-13 in Austin, TX.

While at the conference, fellowship recipients will have the opportunity to formally network with each other and with members of the Policy Council and Diversity Committee, recognizing them, their accomplishments, and bright futures. They will also have many opportunities to informally network with other students and professionals during the conference. They will be joined by the 2020 Equity & Inclusion Student Fellowship recipients, who did not get a chance to attend an in person conference in 2020. The goal of this fellowship program is to introduce recipients to the world of public policy, APPAM, and foster a lifelong affiliation and engagement with both.

We look forward to celebrating the 2020 and 2021 Fellows at #2021APPAM in Austin!

2021 Equity and Inclusion Student Fellowship Recipients

Ashlee Abrantes, University of Washington

Alexander Adames, University of Pennsylvania

Umair Ali, Arizona State University

Monica Bustinza, Florida International University

Maria F. Casas Enriquez, University of Central Florida

Nicholas (Nick) Chan, Carnegie Mellon University

Fangda Ding, Rutgers University, Newark

Bassel El Mrawed, University of Minnesota

Wallace Grace, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Vishal Jamkar, University of Minnesota

Adrienne Jones, Duke University

Danyao Li, Indiana University

Sarah Lieff, New York University

Jazmyne McNeese, Rutgers University, Camden

Carmen Mitchell, University of Louisville

David Mitre Becerril, University of Pennsylvania

N'dea Moore-Petinak, University of Michigan

So'Phelia Morrow, University of Michigan

Arzana Myderrizi, State University of New York at Albany

Maria Nagawa, Duke University

Samsun Naher, University of New Mexico

Ann Obadan, University of Missouri, Columbia

Cynthia Pando, University of Minnesota

Urbashee Paul, Northeastern University

Dianna Ruberto, University of Delaware

Becca Scharf, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Saurabh Shah, Saurabh Shah

Briana Starks, University of Michigan

Hourie Tafech, Rutgers University, Newark

Nicole Telfer, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Sonia Torres Rodríguez, John Hopkins University

Enrique Valencia, The New School

Melissa Villarreal, University of Colorado, Boulder

Durrell Washington, University of Chicago

Arielle Weaver, University of Washington

Carla Wellborn, Vanderbilt University

W. Jesse Wood, Michigan State University

Xiaoyang Xu, American University

Yiwen Zhang, Stanford University

Iris Zhang, Pennsylvania State University


2021 Equity and Inclusion Young Professional Fellowship Recipients

Clinton Boyd, Jr., Duke University

Jeffrey Chen, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Jetson Leder-Luis, Boston University

Elizabeth Rule, George Washington University

Calvin Tyson, Prince George's County Police Department


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