"I applied to the Scholars program because I feel that the program allowed me to answer a question that always puzzled me as a child. I hope to learn why some people view police authorities as a just entity and others view the police as unnecessary nuisances. My goals include conducting scientific research, learning more about police legitimacy and the neighborhood characteristics that impact it and creating meaningful connections with my graduate advisor Ashley Price as well as my faculty advisor Dr. Jodi Lane."
My primary academic and research interests include police legitimacy and how people form their personal perceptions of law enforcement as well as how researchers have measured police legitimacy in the past.
Academic and Other Awards
- University Scholars Program Scholarship (2011-2012)
- Dean's List (2008-2011)
- Black Student Union's Leadership Development Institute Award (2009)
- Florida Opportunity Scholar (2008-2012)
- Presidential Scholar (2008-2012)
- FACES Modeling Troupe
- I AM U Community Service Organization
- UF Minority Mentoring Program
FL/CC College Access AmeriCorps Program, Campus Compact Mentor College Reach Out Program, Volunteer
Hobbies and Interests
- Reading, volunteering, shopping, and spending time with family and friends.
My research focuses on the neighborhood characteristics that impact perceptions of police legitimacy.The scope of my research will identify factors that affect students’ view of police legitimacy and whether they view law enforcement as just or unjust.This research will establish empirical reasoning on why some have a negative perception of police.