The Center for Poverty Research (CPR) at UC Davis in collaboration with Howard University, Morehouse College and Spelman College, hosts the UCD-SPREE program which introduces undergraduates from these Universities to poverty research in the social sciences and develop skills for graduate school.
UCD-SPREE participants travel to UC Davis during their first summer in the program, where they are paired with faculty and graduate student mentors and introduced to research at the CPR. Students participate in CPR activities and coordinating graduate school preparation components sponsored by the Office of Graduate Studies.
In August eight students from historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) concluded a seven-week, intensive research program through the University of California, Davis Summer Poverty Research Engagement Experience (UCD-SPREE). Under the auspices of the program, UCD faculty provide mentorship and guidance to a select group of students to conduct research and prepare for the rigors of doctoral programs.
Ryan Duff is a Junior Economics and Political Science double major at Howard University. Throughout his matriculation at Howard University, Ryan fully immersed himself in both academics and campus life. Upon entry to Howard University he was awarded the Capstone Scholar and invited to be a member of the College of Arts and Sciences Honors program. Last fall, Ryan was chosen to be a fellow with the Young AfricanA Leadership Initiative where he was given the opportunity to conduct service outreach in South Africa.
Akila Forde is a rising senior Economics Major with a Mathematics minor at Howard University from Queens, New York. Akila lived most of her life on the island of Barbados which exposed her to the economic disparities that exist among different people, inciting her passion for the subject. Akila is a member of the Omicron Delta Epsilon International Economics honor society and the Howard University Women’s Flag Football Team. Akila participated in the American Economic Association Summer Program 2016, which influenced her plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Economics.
Milan Harris is a junior psychology major, criminal justice minor from Baltimore, MD attending Howard University. She has interned for a rising mental health facility in West Baltimore City, as well as on Capitol Hill with Congressman Elijah E. Cummings. While her goal is to be a forensic psychologist focusing on disenfranchised groups of people, she is also a voracious writer and has written for two online collegiate journals: The Odyssey Online, and Caged Bird Magazine, which she continues to write for.
Aquil Jones is a Junior economics major, mathematics minor from Bear, Delaware. At Morehouse college, Aquil is the vice president of the Economics Club. Growing up, Aquil played traveling soccer, basketball, and ran track. As a child, Aquil never hesitated to question something and often came up with more efficient ways to complete the tasks he was given. Aquil feels his inquisitive nature and his faith in his ability to create solutions, along with his math background sparked his interest in economics. After graduating from Morehouse college, Aquil plans to pursue a PH.
Victoria Lay is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a concentration in law from Spelman College. She is a native from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and has a passion for social justice. Throughout her time at Spelman, Victoria has been involved in several campus organizations. During her sophomore year Victoria was selected to be a fellow at the Joseph and Evelyn Lowry Institute for Justice and Human Rights at Clark Atlanta University.
Brandon Manor is a sophomore psychology major from Prince George’s County, Maryland. Brandon is active on campus, serving on the Morehouse Student Government Association, the Vanguard Scholars Program, and as the Public Relations Chair for LYTEhouse (Lifting Youth Through Enrichment, an organization he co-founded.) Brandon aspires to become an Addiction Psychiatrist and open a multi-purpose center to focus on serving disadvantaged people who would otherwise not have access to a pertinent medical facility.
Briana Spivey is a sophomore psychology major with a sociology minor at Spelman College from Lithonia, Georgia. She graduated in the top 10% of her class with an honors distinction and International Baccalaureate diploma from Druid Hills High School. Briana is currently on the Dean’s list at Spelman and is a member of Alpha Lamda Delta, National Society for Collegiate Scholars, and So Psyched! Psychology Club. Coming from a military family, Briana learned at an early age that it’s her civic duty to give back.
Jorden Winesberry is a Junior Psychology major from Chicago, IL, currently living in Las Vegas, NV. He attends Howard University and where he is a member of the Howard Psychology Club, College of Arts & Sciences Honors Program, and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. He enjoys working out, playing video games, and reading history, epics, and comic books. This past summer, Jorden conducted research at the University of California, Los Angeles where he developed a passion for conducting research centered on African-Americans.