Angelica Bernal, assistant professor of political science, has been named the new director of the Academic Fellows Program (AFP – formerly known as the Academic Leadership Fellows Program) for the 2017-18 academic year.
The program was founded by academic dean Jackie Brousseau-Pereira to realize the vision of giving students experiential opportunities, building a community of success and helping students work to create positive change at UMass and beyond.
As AFP director, Bernal will support first-generation and ALANA undergraduate students in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. The program expresses the college's commitment to diversity and to helping improve students’ experiences at UMass Amherst so they can better develop their academic and leadership potential.
“The goals for AFP will be to develop programs, specially tailored to first-generation and ALANA students, to help them tackle the challenges they may face as they navigate college,” says Bernal. “These programs will include orientation programs, developing mentoring relationships with faculty, research and travel abroad programs, and building connections with first-gen and ALANA alumnae and other students on campus.”
While at the university, Bernal has received the CRF Family Research Scholarship, Lilly Fellowship, and grants to continue her research in radical populism and presidential constitutionalism.