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Dr. Omar Ali

062712CampusPeople_AliDr. Omar Ali (African American Studies/History) and three UNCG students from various parts of the AFS program were featured on C-SPAN as part of a forum at a large conference in New York City. The National Conference of Independents was held at New York University’s Tisch School of the Performing Arts in Manhattan.

African American Studies major Stephanie Orosco, who worked with Ali on the College Independents Poll 2012 (where they surveyed 1,246 politically independent students face-to-face at 16 campuses in North Carolina), gave a brief presentation about why she’s independent as a young Afro-Latina. Jordun Lawrence, a Political Science major and African American Studies minor, interviewed people at the national conference as part of a research project that she is working on with Ali, he notes. Amanda Reams, Jasmine Morris and Sheria Reed all asked questions of the televised panel.

Ali brought 11 UNCG AFS students to New York City for the event – he notes “some described the experience at the conference as life-transforming.” He adds that he has received “a number of messages and comments from people around the country about the quality of our students. Very proud, indeed.”

The full 90-minute session, “Panel on the Independent Voter Movement,” can be viewed here.

Ali’s comments during the panel can be viewed here.