Polis hosts panel of Durham political leaders to discuss youth involvement in politics


Duke’s Polis: Center for Politics invited a small panel of community leaders to highlight the importance of young people in politics Wednesday evening.

The event, which was moderated by Deondra Rose, director of Polis and associate professor of history and political science, featured a question and answer session with three Durham leaders. The discussion centered on the panelists’ work experiences, political interests and advice to students.

The panel included Anjali Boyd, Durham County soil and water conservation district supervisor and a doctoral student at the Nicholas School of the Environment; Bettina Umstead, chair of the Durham Public Schools Board of Education and Durham County Commissioner Nida Allam. 

To begin the discussion, Rose asked each speaker to describe their occupation on a day-to-day level.

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