This year, APSA celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Ralph Bunche Summer Institute (RBSI). At the APSA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, and again at a special celebration dinner in Washington, DC, we heard over and over about the enduring importance and long term impact of this program. We are incredibly proud that over 500 students have attended the RBSI over time, and over 20% of students are completing or have completed their PhDs. It has one of the largest impacts for programs of this kind.
You know how important it is for APSA to support diversity and inclusion in the discipline. Every year up to 20 rising seniors are selected to participate in this program which provides exposure to the benefits of postgraduate education and the chance to explore the possibilities for their own future.
The RBSI is currently supported by Duke University and APSA. Additionally, we are very fortunate that the National Science Foundation has funded the RBSI, with funding guaranteed through 2018. But we must be ready to support the long-term programming future through other means.
Consider making a pledge to the Ralph Bunche Fund. Your commitment will continue the legacy of excellence for future generations. 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.
Ten dollars a month can quickly add up to $120.00 per year, and your participation is a critical part of ensuring we "pay it forward."