Dant ’20 Earns Public Policy and International Affairs Fellowship
- Lexi Dant '20, Harris, earned a Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Fellowship.
- The PPIA Fellowship is designed to launch careers in public service and international affairs.
- Dant plans to pursue a career in student affairs, where she intends to help other students succeed.
University of Minnesota Morris student Lexi Dant '20, Harris, earned a Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Fellowship. Dant was interested in the PPIA program because it offered her the chance to get involved in education policy and to someday offer students like her a chance to achieve their dreams.
The Connection to Communities
The PPIA Fellowship is designed to help students thrive in graduate studies and to launch careers in public service and international affairs.
In addition to attending the rigorous seven-week Junior Summer Institute at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Dant will get support for GRE testing and applications to PPIA Graduate School Consortium programs. The program also provides fellows the chance to connect with about 4,000 alumni who share their public policy interests.
PPIA students are selected based on their academic records and involvement in student activities. Dant says the activities she was involved in at UMN Morris gave her an advantage over her peers. She especially credits her participation in the Gateway Program, both as a participant and mentor, in giving her perspective into working with diverse groups of people.
"Working with first-generation, low-income, students of color helped prepare me for this program and gave me access to getting involved in different communities," she says.
The Road Ahead
Dant plans to attend the Humphrey School of Public Affairs after her graduation from UMN Morris. The experience and direct connection to the program will set her up for this success, and propel her into student affairs, where she intends to help other students succeed.
"I want to be able to help service students like me who have dreams," says Dant. "Education policy, through this program, is my way into the classroom to help achieve those dreams."
The PPIA competition is administered at UMN Morris through the Academic Center for Enrichment. To learn more, visit ace.morris.umn.edu.