In May, 2012, TN-ASPA announced the establishment of the Bruce Rogers Textbook Scholarship; its first recipient is Bobbie Porter. Ms. Porter is a graduate student at Tennessee State University in her last semester in the Masters of Public Administration Program; she is also earning a Certificate in Non-Profit Management. She has worked in equal employment compliance and civil rights enforcement in the public sector for several years, and currently serves as a Specialist in TSU’s Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action. Ms. Porter is responsible for investigating complaints of discrimination and leading the department’s student programming efforts. Prior to working at TSU, she served as the Special Assistant to the Executive Director for the Tennessee Human Rights Commission, where she headed the agency’s Education and Outreach Division. Ms. Porter holds a BA in Communications from the University of Memphis, where she joined Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, in which organization she is still active. She resides in Murfreesboro, TN with her husband and their three sons.
Ms. Porter’s essay in application for the scholarship shares with this year’s Symposium the theme of Data Use in the Public Service. She will be recognized at the Awards Luncheon of the Annual Symposium on Dec. 13.