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For Immediate Release
July 5, 2016
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Karen E. T. Garrett
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2016 International Young Scholars Workshop Advances Racial Equity, Community Engagement

Washington, D.C.
– The American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) is pleased to announce the 27 doctoral students and research fellows who will attend its 2016 International Young Scholars Workshop in Cape Town, South Africa on July 20-23. Their research and participation will focus on the theme of “Advancing the Understanding of Global Disparities in Public Policy, Public Administration, NGOs, and the Communities They Serve.”

The workshop’s signature sponsor is the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, of Battle Creek, Mich., which is generously supporting this event through a $20,000 corporate gift. Other sponsors include the South African Community Chest, the Conference of Minority Public Administrators and Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration, Newark. Each organizational sponsor is assisting the scholars in their academic work as the scholars promote racial equity and community engagement, both in the classroom and in local communities.

“These young scholars are dedicated to rigorous public administration research,” said 2016-2017 ASPA President Susan Gooden, lead academic advisor for the workshop. “We’re bringing almost 30 future academicians and public servants to Cape Town to expose them to their peers’ research as they examine social equity and community from a global perspective. This experience will provide them the opportunity to broaden their networks and elevate public administration scholarship.”

The 2016 class of Young Scholars are:   

  • Atal Ahmadzai, Ph.D. Candidate (Global Affairs), Rutgers University, Newark
  • Sebawit Bishu, Ph.D. Student (Public Affairs), Florida International University
  • Kendra Brumfield, Ph.D. Student (Urban Affairs and Public Policy), University of Delaware
  • Rashmi Chordiya, Ph.D. Student (Public Affairs), University of Texas at Dallas
  • Sebastien Dibling, Ph.D. Student (Public Policy and Administration), University of Cape Town
  • Ashleigh Edden, Ph.D. Student (Public Policy and Administration), University of Cape Town
  • Meryah (Judith) A. Fisher, Ph.D. Student (Policy, Politics, and Cultural Studies), Claremont Graduate University
  • Yousueng Han, Ph.D. Student (Public Affairs), Indiana University-Bloomington
  • Andrea Headley, Ph.D. Student (Public Administration), Florida International University
  • Nadhrah Kadir, Lecturer, School of Social Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia
  • Brittany Keegan, Ph.D. Student (Public Policy and Administration), Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Muhammad Khan, Assistant Professor of Economics, Department of Management Sciences, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Lahore
  • Chantal Kilicoglu, Ph.D. Student (Public Policy and Administration), University of Cape Town
  • Grichawat Lowatcharin, Ph.D. Student (Public Affairs), University of Missouri
  • Simone Martin, Ph.D. Student (Global Affairs), Rutgers University, Newark
  • Sean McCandless, Ph.D. Student (Public Affairs), University of Colorado Denver
  • Pamela Medina, Senior Instructor, School of Public Affairs, University of Colorado Denver
  • Debra Monroe-Lax, Ph.D. Student (Public Policy and Administration), Jackson State University
  • Yeukai Mukorombindo, Ph.D. Student (Public Policy and Administration), University of Cape Town
  • Hadley Nobles, Ph.D. Student (Public Administration and Policy), University of Georgia
  • Yali Pang, Ph.D. Student (Public Policy and Administration), Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Michael Perkins, Ph.D. Student (Public Policy and Administration), Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Anthony Starke, Ph.D. Student (Public Administration), University of Nebraska Omaha
  • Sarah Stoeckel, Ph.D. Student (Public Affairs), University of Central Florida
  • Sapna Varkey, Ph.D. Student (Public Administration), North Carolina State University
  • John Wambui, Ph.D. Student (Urban Affairs and Public Policy), University of Delaware
  • Kenneth Weaver, Research Fellow, Schaefer Center for Public Policy

Senior Scholars accompanying the group are Maria Aristigueta (University of Delaware), Gloria Billingsley (Jackson State University), Susan Gooden (Virginia Commonwealth University), Janice Lachance (Better Business Bureau Institute for Marketplace Trust), Michael Orok (Virginia Union University), Allan Rosenbaum (Florida International University) and Harvey White (University of Delaware). Also in attendance will be ASPA executive director William Shields.

“Each Young Scholars class conducts stellar research that goes on to have a considerable impact within public administration,” Gooden said. “This year’s cohort has students looking at marginalized populations in Africa, the United States, Canada and beyond. I am looking forward to watching how their research broadens our concept of racial equity and community engagement.”


About the American Society for Public Administration:
ASPA is the leading interdisciplinary public service organization that advances the art, science, teaching and practice of public and nonprofit administration. Learn more at

About the W.K. Kellogg Foundation:
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal pioneer, Will Keith Kellogg, is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, WKKF works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life.

The Kellogg Foundation is based in Battle Creek, Michigan, and works throughout the United States and internationally, as well as with sovereign tribes. Special emphasis is paid to priority places where there are high concentrations of poverty and where children face significant barriers to success. WKKF priority places in the U.S. are in Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans; and internationally, are in Mexico and Haiti. For more information, visit