Race and Politics: Sparking Change From the Classroom Into Policy

About The Webinar

Students have long been at the forefront of the struggle for racial equality. Ideas that were conceived and debated in the classroom often spur popular action.  The challenge for every social movement is channeling the ideas that inspire demands for change into tangible policy. In this event, GSPM adjunct professor Quardricos Driskell and students Allison Lee and Tiffany Lowder discuss ways to translate classroom concepts into policy solutions that make a positive impact on our communities.

  • Prof. Quardricos Driskell is a policy influencer and federal lobbyist. With nearly ten years of government relations experience, he has worked for two patient voluntary health associations where he advanced the patient voice into policy and research deliberations through services to Congress, Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and National Institutes of Health (NIH). He has been responsible for federal lobbying efforts, securing medical research funding and legislation for chronic disease patients, which included fighting cuts in cancer and psoriatic disease research as well as helping to draft legislation designed to establish a council of federal agencies, medical experts and patients tasked with drafting and implementing a national strategy to combat prostate cancer. 

    On Capitol Hill, Rev. Professor Driskell worked for US Senator Johnny Isakson and interned with the Republican National Committee. He has also served in two national educational organizations where he led an assortment of initiatives and a government portfolio of over $5-million dollars.

    In addition to Rev. Professor Driskell’s government affairs career, for ten years, he has worked on interfaith and religious liberty issues, defending the free exercise of religion. He is pastor of the historic Beulah Baptist Church in Alexandria, VA and an adjunct professor of religion and politics at the George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management.

    A native of East Point, Georgia. Rev. Professor Driskell holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Leadership Studies from Morehouse College; a Master of Theological Ethics in Religion and Society from Harvard University; a Master’s in Legislative Affairs and a Graduate Certificate in Lobbying and Political Action Committees at The Graduate School of Political Management at The George Washington University.

  • Allison Lee is a federal lobbyist and graduate student at the George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management. She has always been very passionate about dismantling systems that promote racial disparities. Allison was born and raised in central Florida. She earned her B.A. in Political Science from Bethune-Cookman University, where she was active in Student Government Association, NAACP, and various other organizations that allowed her to serve both her student body and local community. When she's not working or studying, Allison enjoys reading, brunch, and spending an excessive amount of time on Twitter. 

  • Tiffany Lowder is a student at the George Washington
    University Graduate School of Political Management. Currently, she works as a business development specialist with the US Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy.

    Tiffany is a military brat hailing from Ramstein, Germany. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Political Science Pre-law from Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida. While there she was an active member of Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society, the Student Justice Reform Leadership, the Florida HBCU Juvenile Justice Talent Pipeline, worked as a fellow for a presidential campaign and as a campus
    volunteer for a gubernatorial campaign and participated in a host of other clubs and organizations. Tiffany served the greater Tallahassee community as an elementary school reading pal, a volunteer at a senior independent living facility, and with a few after school

    In her spare time, Tiffany enjoys reading, volunteering, touring museums, and painting with a twist. Tiffany is passionate about Civil Rights Advocacy, Voting Rights Advocacy, and increasing civic understanding and engagement at the state and local levels.

  • Quardricos Driskell

    Government Relations and Political Affairs Manager, American Urological Association | GSPM Adjunct Professor

  • Allison Lee

    Government Affairs Associate, Active Policy Solutions | GSPM Student, Class of 2020

  • Tiffany Lowder

    Business Development Associate, U.S. Department of Labor | GSPM Student, Class of 2021

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