Appointed as Policy Analyst, United Negro College Fund


Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows

PhD field of study

PhD, Political Science, Howard University

Position Description

The United Negro College Fund (UNCF) is the nation's largest and most effective minority education organization. Since its founding in 1944, UNCF has raised more than $3.6 billion to help more than 400,000 students receive college degrees at UNCF-member institutions and with UNCF scholarship. UNCF plays a critical role in enabling more than 60,000 students each year to attend college and get the education they need, and that the nation needs them to have, by awarding 10,000 scholarships and internships via 400 programs for students from low- and moderate-income families to attend more than 900 colleges and universities across the country; providing financial support for its 37 member historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) for scholarships and capacity building; and advocating nationally for the importance of education and college readiness through its annual television program, a national public service announcement campaign, and commentary in national media.

The mission of the Frederick D. Patterson Research Institute (FDPRI) is to design, conduct, and disseminate research that helps guide policymakers, educators, philanthropists, and the general public toward improving the educational opportunities and outcomes of African Americans and other underrepresented minorities across the P-16 pipeline. The Policy Analyst will support the research activities of FDPRI with an orientation toward collecting, analyzing, interpreting, and presenting qualitative and quantitative information. He or she also will collaborate with the Senior Vice President for Public Policy and Government Affairs on data analysis projects with federal education policy implications, particularly on federal financial aid; develop policy-relevant documents; and contribute to other government outreach and advocacy initiatives. In addition, through hands-on engagement, the Policy Analyst will gain experience in the build-out and administrative management of key aspects of a multi-campus scholarship program.