Aarika Forney is an undergraduate senior at the University of Northern Iowa. She will receive her Bachelors of Arts in Political Science with a minor in International Relations in May 2018. She has received her Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice from Hawkeye Community College. She joined the McNair Scholars Program to become better prepared for graduate studies. Her research interests include refugee and immigrant studies, race relations, and international politics. After graduating from the University of Northern Iowa she plans to pursue a doctoral degree in Refugee and Immigrant Studies or Criminal Justice. She hopes to work nationally and internationally with refugees and immigrants. Aarika is the Vice President of the student organization RISE (Refugee and Immigrant Support and Empowerment) and volunteers with EMBARC (Ethnic Minorities of Burma Advocacy and Resource Center) where she mentors a West High School student.