REI undergraduate student fellow elected to Penn State Board of Trustees

REI undergraduate student fellow elected to Penn State Board of Trustees

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Rock Ethics Institute (REI) undergraduate student fellow Janiyah Davis has been elected to Penn State’s Board of Trustees.

Davis is a Schreyer Honors Scholar and Paterno Fellow studying public policy, criminology and psychology with minors in anthropology, sociology and child maltreatment and advocacy studies.

“I was searching for a way to do more for the Penn State Community, and when I saw the application for student trustee, I knew this was my chance!” Davis says. “In this position, I have a direct say in what’s going on at the university I love so much — I definitely couldn’t pass it up.”

The student trustee serves a two-year term, representing the University’s entire 90,000-strong student body.

“I honestly think this perfectly ties in my public policy, crim, and psych majors,” Davis adds. “I haven’t decided exactly what I want to do post graduation, but I know that I want to positively impact those around me in every way possible. This gives me the chance to apply things I’ve learned in the classroom to the community around me and also gain insight into what I’d like to do in the future.”

From Dallas, Texas, Davis is a research assistant in the Puts Behavioral Endocrinology and Evolution Lab, as well as a fall 2020 Rock Ethics Institute Undergraduate Fellow. REI faculty member Deborah Schussler supervised their project “K-12 Mindfulness-Based Interventions: An Extended Analysis of the Ethical Underpinnings.”

Davis is as a member of Penn State’s Black Caucus and is vice-president of the Student Restorative Justice Initiative. She also serves as the university relations director for the Multicultural Association of Schreyer Scholars and is the community engagement director for Schreyer for Women, the special events director for Schreyer Scholar Ambassadors.

Topic(s): Fellowships and Awards, General
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