The RBSI program was created in 1986 through a partnership between APSA, the Committee on the Status of Blacks in the Profession, and faculty members Jewel L. Prestage of Southern University and Peter Zwick of Louisiana State University. The original program-- a summer program for African American students-- aimed to increase diversity within the discipline by introducing students to the graduate experience and to senior scholars in the discipline. In the following years, RBSI expanded to include students from underrepresented backgrounds, and students interested in broadening participation in political science and pursuing scholarship on issues affecting underrepresented groups or issues of tribal sovereignty and governance. The RBSI Program is jointly sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF), Duke University, and the American Political Science Association (APSA).
For more information about the RBSI 30th Anniversary and Program Alumni, email us at [email protected].
To date there are over 500 RBSI Alumni. To mark the 30th anniversary APSA will highlight 30 program alumni who share their professional experiences and how the RBSI Program influenced their careers. Read the inspiring reflections below and learn more about the discipline-wide impact and legacy of the APSA RBSI Program.
Stay tuned for more reflections from RBSI Alumni! If you are an RBSI Alumni and would like to share your reflections, APSA invites you to Share your RBSI Reflections! today. Email questions to [email protected]