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Shayla Nunnally

Greetings NCOBPS Members and Friends:

It is my very esteemed honor to have been installed as our 39th President (2017-2019) of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists (NCOBPS), at our 48th Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA.  As I mentioned in my inaugural address, I feel that serving as our organization’s president is the greatest form of service that I can deliver not only to our organization but also to fulfilling our Founders’ vision of creating, sustaining, and growing an organization that is of, by, for, and about researching, teaching, mentoring, professionalizing, serving, and disseminating knowledge about people of African descent.  However, it is with great appreciation for you and all your contributions, as members and friends, that I feel that WE can continue to bring to fore this vision through OUR commitment to this almost 50-year tradition that NCOBPS has contributed to the political science discipline.

NCOBPS was borne of activism to "insert” and "assert” the inquiries and conditions of Black people within and outside of the profession and discipline of political science, as its own, autonomous, intellectual enterprise.  My great predecessor, immediate Past President, Dr. Todd C. Shaw, has led us by devising infrastructural renewal and coining the mantra of building "The Next NCOBPS.” But, this would not have been possible without President Shaw’s quest to look forward, while looking back (Sankofa!), by asking us to reflect upon NCOBPS’ role in shaping us as professionals—"Because of NCOBPS….” 

It is in a similar vein that I invite us to reflect on the almost, five-decade contributions of our organization through five programmatic foci in recognition of the theme, "NCOBPS….On the Road to Gold: 50 Years of Researching and Teaching Truth to Power,” in order to posture NCOBPS for our 50th Anniversary in 2019 and help lead us toward an even stronger presence for our centennial celebration in 2069.  These five foci include the following:

1.     NCOBPS’ Legacy (Documenting NCOBPS’ history);

2.     NCOBPS’ Outreach (Building partnerships with similarly-oriented organizations, inviting more communal participation, and promoting more translational research references and opportunities among our membership);

3.     NCOBPS’ Pipelines and Growth (Providing professional mentorship at all levels of the profession, financial development, and prospective organizational expansion);

4.     NCOBPS’ Discourses (Expanding conference discussions to include more emphases on Black public health, environmental racism, and intersectional politics, promoting public policy influence, and expanding awards to include honoring scholarship on social issues and Black women and gender politics); and

5.     NCOBPS’ Presence (Expanding our scholarly and communal networks).

In the next two years, I will be contacting some of you, personally, to invite you to assist in NCOBPS’ next-steps toward celebrating old traditions and developing new possibilities. We also have exciting leadership to bear on these endeavors via our President-Elect, Dr. Sekou Franklin, our Executive Director, Dr. Kathie Stromile Golden, and our Executive Council.  However, we ALL can contribute in some way to sustaining NCOBPS’ professional influence, and I welcome your ideas and invite your cooperation in our efforts.

WE are NCOBPS’ future….Let our past be our torch to our future, as we continue our fifty-year reputation of "researching and teaching truth to power.”

WE are "On the Road to Gold!”

In solidarity,

Shayla C. Nunnally

President (2017-2019)





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