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Shannon Yarnall, a public policy and Africana studies double major, is a member of the National Council for Black Studies Honor Society.
Shannon Yarnall, a public policy and Africana studies double major, is a member of the National Council for Black Studies Honor Society.

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Meet NCBS Honor Society member Shannon Yarnall

Editor’s Note: As headquarters for the National Council for Black Studies, the University of Delaware is leading a nationwide effort to expand the NCBS Honor Society to include university chapters. NCBS Executive Director and UD Professor Alicia Fontnette spearheaded this initiative with an inaugural cohort of 10 Blue Hen undergraduates. “As we continue to grow, I’m excited that UD will be pioneering many of the initiatives for chapters worldwide, from community service projects to research opportunities,” Fontnette said. 

Students were selected for their commitment to Africana studies, community service and academic rigor (all must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA). The following Q&A is part of a larger series spotlighting these charter members.

UD’s “phenomenal” public policy program drew Shannon Yarnall to campus. 

A double major in public policy and Africana studies, she now plans to apply her classroom knowledge into the community.  

“I want to work to make people more aware of the public policies that impact their daily lives and possibly do research or advocacy work in the areas of education, early childhood, financial education, housing and workforce policies,” she said. 

Here, Yarnall shares more about her experience as a student and NCBS Honor Society member.

How did you discover Africana studies?  

I discovered Africana studies through the introduction to Africana studies course that I took during my freshman year. I was inspired by Professor Jorge Serrano’s teachings and the sense of community that my class provided.

What’s something you wish more people knew? 

Anyone can take Africana studies classes, and everyone should in order to be better prepared for their field.

Why did you want to join the NCBS Honor Society?

I joined the prestigious NCBS Honor Society because it seemed like a great opportunity to expand my network, learn about career opportunities and discover passionate individuals in my field.

What topic are you presenting at the upcoming NCBS conference?

I will be presenting “Cooperatives Over Capitalism, a Guide to Ethical Financial Consumption.”

What are your plans after graduation?

I will be continuing my education through UD’s 4+1 program. After that, my dream job is working with people and talking to clients or members of the community every day.

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