Priscilla Torres is a first-gen college student who studies women’s contributions to international peace-building. Torres has benefited from participating in the McNair Scholarship, specifically by accomplishing the required summer research and being guided by a mentor. “McNair gives you a real leg up,” she says.
As a Ralph Bunche Summer Institute scholar, at Duke University, Torres analyzed the effectiveness of U.N. Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security. “It hasn’t been so effective,” she says, adding, “Each country has different action plans for peace-building for women.”
That research inspired her, and so did interning in the U.S. House of Representatives. Torres is preparing applications for doctoral programs in political science, with an eye toward employment with the State Department or a professorship.
Her family wonders why she would “want to be in school that long,” she says, because no one else has “done the whole college thing.” Her response: “I love politics.”
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