9/14/2011- Garry Davis Selected As David Fellow and Joins Center as Graduate Research Assistant

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garrydavisGarry Davis, a graduate student at LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas in Austin, has received the Bryna and Henry David Fellowship from the Ray Marshall Center and joins the Center as a graduate research assistant working on the Central Texas Student Futures Project. Davis is the fifth recipient of the fellowship. 

The Ray Marshall Center selects the David Fellow every two to three years to work half-time on education and workforce related research. Funding for the fellowship is generously supported by the endowment of Bryna and Henry David. Henry David taught at the LBJ School in the 1970s; both he and his wife Bryna were nationally recognized researchers in career-related education. 

Davis is in the Master of Public Affairs program with a focus on productivity improvement across social and economic policies and programs.  He expects to complete his degree in May 2013.

Prior to coming to the LBJ School and the Ray Marshall Center, Davis was a Teaching Fellow with Citizen Schools, a nonprofit focusing on education reform, working with students at Bedichek Middle School in Austin. In this role, Davis worked closely with students to help close the achievement gap by helping them maintain or improve their academic standing and provided them with college and career connections. The intersection of the two goals is Davis’ specialization. He was responsible for engaging the community and bringing the community into the classroom, in the form of a 10-week apprenticeship program taught by volunteer professionals. Davis oversaw the volunteer recruitment, training, and support for staff and volunteers throughout the apprenticeship process.

Davis’ other experience included serving as an Operations Associate for the United Way of the Capital Area and interning Capital Area Food Bank in the volunteer management department.Davis received his Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies and a Professional Business Foundations Certificate from the University of Texas at Austin.

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