Dr. Arlesia Mathis was awarded a fellowship from the Next Generation Initiative’s Faculty Leaders Program at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. The Next Generation Initiative was created to prepare policy analysts, innovators, and leaders who can tackle the most challenging societal and public problems in their communities, nationally and internationally, from informed and diverse perspectives. Faculty Leader Fellowships are competitively awarded to approximately 10-12 selected faculty members to participate in a week-long policy analysis summer program at the campus headquarters in Santa Monica, California. The fellowship will allow faculty fellows to participate in sessions designed to foster critical thinking, analytical reasoning, complex problem-solving, and multidisciplinary collaborative research planning. Faculty fellows will return to their home institutions armed with new tools to effect change in their communities and to inspire their students to consider careers and advanced study in public policy analysis. Pardee RAND Graduate School is a private institution based in Santa Monica, California at the RAND Corporation – inventor of many of the analytical tools of public policy analysis.