From the President

What a time to be a political scientist! Whether we are interested in domestic or international topics, this is a great time to study politics. As the 2019 President of NCPSA, I am committed to utilizing the platform to encourage us all to engage in thoughtful discussions about our role as students and practitioners of political science. Now more than ever we must understand how political behavior and decisions affect everyday life.

We had a successful 2019 Conference this past February. It was well attended by faculty and students from both North and South Carolina colleges and universities and highly student-centered with various undergraduate research panels and breakout sessions, in addition to a DJ spinning the latest hits from across the world. In line with the Conference theme, "Reimagining The Discipline: Creating Student-Centered Spaces in the Study and Practice of Political Science, I must say the highlight of the Conference for me was our two keynote speakers, Ramon Garibaldo Valdez, doctoral student at Yale University and Kirstin Anderson-Hall, social justice advocate working for a non-profit in Washington, D.C and who also holds a masters degree in political communication from American University. Both of these young people were political science majors during their tenure at Johnson C. Smith University. Ramon urged us to think about the purpose of the political science as a discipline in solving "real" problems of marginalized communities and Kirstin shared the importance of her academic experience at a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) in informing and preparing her for a meaningful professional career.

I am honored to serve as the first Black President of the North Carolina Political Science Association. I encourage faculty and students (undergraduate and graduate) to become involved with NCPSA. As a smaller Association, our annual conference is the perfect space for students and junior faculty to receive feedback on their research and network with other professionals in their field. Additionally, there are various ways to be active without taking up too much time and in different capacities throughout the year such as serving on paper award committees, assisting in planning future conferences, mentoring students and helping us figure out innovative ways to grow as an Association. We look forward to seeing you at the next conference and don't forget to check out our newsletter inclusive of news from political science departments from across North Carolina.

A Luta Continua,
Terza A. Silva Lima-Neves
Johnson C. Smith University