Laura Pryor, a second-year Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) student at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, has been accepted into the Graduate Evaluation Diversity Internship (GEDI) program of the American Evaluation Association. Pryor, a Southern California native who received her undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley, was awarded the fellowship through a national competition sponsored by the AEA.
The purpose of the year-long program is to engage graduate students from groups traditionally under-represented in the evaluation field and, through the program, expand and improve upon the evaluation work conducted in racially, ethnically, and culturally diverse settings, said Lois Takahashi, chair of the Department of Urban Planning at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs.
“This is both a great honor and a great opportunity, and, Laura is a wonderful representative for the Luskin School and for the Department of Urban Planning,” said Professor Takahashi.
The GEDI program interns each receive a $8,000 stipend and participate in an internship near their home institutions from Oct. 1 to July 1. Fellows also attend a four-day intensive seminar in Washington, D.C., as well the AEA annual conference, a winter seminar and the Evaluation Institute held in Atlanta each June, and participate in other activities related to AEA and its evaluation projects.
“I hope to use the skills of evaluation to work toward assessing programs to improve the quality of life in low-income communities,” said Pryor, who was among 10 students chosen from 75 finalists nationwide, and the first to represent the Los Angeles area.
For more information on the American Evaluation Association and the GEDI program, please visit: http://www.eval.org