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ELPS doctoral student selected as an Archer Fellow

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Alyse Gray Parker, doctoral student in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, was selected as a 2018 Archer Fellow and will participate in the Archer Center’s Summer 2018 Graduate Program in Public Policy. She will begin her fellowship in Washington, D.C. in May of 2018.


“It feels surreal and amazing to be named an Archer Fellow,” said Parker. “When I got the email that I was accepted, I had to read it a couple of times to make sure it was real. But I am proud that I get to represent UTSA in Washington, D.C. with the Archer Center.”


For 12 weeks next summer, Parker will be living and working in Washington, D.C. as part of a cohort of graduate students from across the state of Texas.


“I am most excited to get a taste of what it feels like to work and live in D.C.,” said Parker. “I think D.C. has a very unique culture that you can only experience by immersing yourself in it.”


As part of her fellowship, Parker will be working with an education policy organization to get a hands-on look at the policy making process.


“My research interest include education policy, and there is no better place than D.C. to get experience with this field,” said Parker. “I think many people only see the outcomes of policy, and I am interested in why and how education policy is made. I hope to learn more about this process during my time in D.C. and see it happen first hand.”


The Archer Center has provided opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students from across The University of Texas System to live and study in Washington, D.C. since 2001. Parker is the first student from the department to participate in the program.


“My goals for the future include being able to research, analyze, and understand policy related to higher education,” she said. “I am really interested in researching how colleges and universities utilize institutional research to address issues of access and equality. The Archer Fellowship aligns with this interest, as I think policy influences how colleges address issues of equity.”


Learn more about the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.


Learn more about the Archer Center.




Photo courtesy of Alyse Gray Parker.





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