Shaira majors in Sociology, and is involved in sociology research, the Clothesline Project, and has an interest in educating and advocating for inclusive food on campus. Shaira was the recipient of participation at the Public Policy Leadership Conference at the Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Shaira is a recipient of the following awards:
Public Policy Leadership Conference at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government (2021-2022)
How did your mentor(s) encourage and foster your research and academic trajectory?
I have been blessed with many incredible mentors in my life and Dr. Chisti is one of them. I would have never been a part of the FGCU, the Sociology department, and many more without Dr. Chisti’s encouragement and support. My first ever mentor at FGCU is Dr. DeWees who plays a significant role in my life and academics. Dr. DeWees has made me realize my research interest in sociology and allowed me to be a part of the Clothesline Project to raise awareness against sexual assault. She gives me strength and motivation to perform as best as I can. The special bond that I have with Dr.DeWees can never be described. Finally, the guidance of Dr.Terumi and Dr. Gunnels has encouraged me to continue our current research which improved my research skills and enabled me to engage with the FGCU community. I will always be grateful for having them as my mentors.
What does the OCF mean to you?
The Office of Competitive Fellowships is a blessing that opened all the doors of possibilities and opportunities for students at FGCU. Working with The Office of Competitive Fellowships, especially with Dr. Terumi has been one of the most amazing experiences for me. Dr.Terumi’s mentorship has allowed me to do what I have never done and motivated me to do more. I have huge respect for what he does for all of us.
What is the Public Policy Leadership Conference at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government?
The Public Policy Leadership Conference (PPLC) "inspires talented and driven undergraduate students to pursue careers in public policy and become leaders in: Federal, state, or local governments, Nongovernmental organizations, Nonprofit organizations, Intergovernmental organizations, International institutions, Social enterprises." The PPLC provides the opportunity for students to experience studying public policy in a graduate school environment, and to connect with current students, faculty, and staff of the Harvard Kennedy School.