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Bush School Student Honored with APPAM Diversity and Inclusion Fellowship

September 23, 2016

Matthew Gaskin


The Association of Public Policy and Management (APPAM) honored Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University, student Matthew Gaskin with the Equity and Inclusion Fellowship. Gaskin is one of twenty-five graduate and professional students granted the fellowship from schools across the nation.

“I am thrilled that APPAM provided both financial and staff resources to create and support the fellowship,” said John Martinez, chair of the APPAM Policy Council’s Diversity Committee.  “The caliber of fellowship recipients is exceptional, and I am confident that they will benefit personally as participants in the APPAM Fall Research Conference and that their participation will make this year’s conference that much stronger.”

The fellowship was created in early 2016 to encourage participation by underrepresented populations of policy students in APPAM activities and events.  Selection for the fellowship provides grant funding for recipients to attend the APPAM’s fall research conference in Washington, DC, where Gaskin, along with the other awardees, will be recognized before APPAM members and have the opportunity to network with other students and professionals. 

“I am honored as an individual to be selected for this fellowship program,” said Gaskin. “The opportunity to represent the Bush School at the national level at such an important conference is also very exciting to me.”

The concept of diversity and inclusion in higher education is especially important to Gaskin, who currently serves as the co-chair of the Bush School Diversity and Inclusion student committee. Along with another classmate, Gaskin assumed a leadership role on the committee within the Bush School Student Government during the spring of 2016. The committee strives to create a campus culture that respects, nurtures, and celebrates diversity in the graduate programs.

“It’s important that policy students experience and understand diversity throughout their education because it will be an important part of the communities they serve in their call to public service.”

Prior to attending the Bush School, Gaskin spent five years serving as an officer with the Charleston Police Department. He is studying state and local policy analysis with an interest in transportation policy following a summer internship in the Office of the Mayor of Nashville. Gaskin will graduate in May and plans to work in the area of transportation policy in the Nashville city government.