American government and Black politics PhD student Briana Hyman has been involved with the Ronald W. Walters Leadership and Public Policy Center since beginning at Howard. Starting off as a volunteer with the Election Day Command Center in conjunction with the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, then as a Graduate Research Assistant, and now, she is the Winslow Sargeant Doctoral Award recipient. While balancing her time as an instructor at North Carolina A&T State University, Hyman is writing a doctoral dissertation that focuses on why U.S. citizens residing in Puerto Rico are not given presidential voting rights and congressional representation. She has been asked by the Walters Center to use her research to produce a paper on voter representation rights for D.C. residents.
Laten Jordan is a senior honors political science major and president of the Coalition of Activist Students Celebrating the Acceptance of Diversity and Equality (CASCADE). He is a Williams-Franklin Foundation Scholar and has served as Chief of Staff in the Howard University Student Association for one year.
Outside of campus, Jordan has worked as a Legislative Intern in the United States Senate, a Political Organizing and Policy Intern with the ACLU, and currently works as Victoria Secret’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Senior Intern.
Jordan accredits his success to the friendships and relationships that he has been able to cultivate within Howard’s community. The students, professors, and his brothers of Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity, Psi Tau Chapter are what make Howard truly feel like a home to him; an environment where he is encouraged to be his most authentic self.
While pursuing a degree in electrical engineering at Howard, Gregory Robinson felt that in addition to excellent academic training, he received a broader understanding of navigating a diverse environment because of the population. He said that it was this environment that aided him to become innovative without fear of failure and grow his confidence so that he could thrive in competitive settings.
Before his assignment to NASA Headquarters in 1999, Robinson worked in different leadership positions at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. He also served as the Systems Assurance Manager for projects like Global Geospace (1994), Earth Observing System (2002), and Aura Spacecraft (2004).
In 2005, Robinson moved to the role of Deputy Chief Engineer at NASA Headquarters where he developed and implemented NASA’s Engineering Excellence and Engineering Technical Authority, and improved project management and systems across the agency.
In 2013, Robinson was named the deputy director at NASA’s John H. Glenn Research Center. In that role, which he calls a highlight of his career, he played a role in furthering aeronautics and space technology. He also served as NASA deputy chief engineer, a role in which he got to work on approximately 22 shuttle launch missions that took place in the years after the Columbia shuttle disaster in 2003.
Since taking the role of Deputy Director at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Glenn Research Center in 2013, he has been managing a plethora of programs and projects over a staff of approximately 1,60 federal employees and 1,600 supporting contractors.
Robinson has received numerous individual and group performance awards, including the Presidential Rank, Meritorious Senior Professionals and Executives Award. In February of 2022, Robinson was awarded the Roy L. Clay Sr Technology Pinnacle Award.
Portrait image courtesy of NASA.
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