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2013-2014 OFFICERS



Leonard Towns-Newby was born in Louisville, KY and raised in Atlanta.  Upon receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the illustrious Morehouse College in 2007 and graduating with a Masters degree in Exceptional Student Education from Clark-Atlanta in 2010, he decided that he would pursue a degree in Educational Psychology at Auburn University where he is currently a fourth-year doctoral student in the Department of Educational Foundations, Leadership, and Technology. His research interests include educational theory, educational policy. He is particularly interested in academic, and psychological outcomes for students with disabilities, stereotype threat and factors that promote or hinder men from entering, and remaining in, the field of education.  Towns-Newby ultimately hopes to pursue a career as a researcher, professor, and psychometrist.



Derrick Robinson is originally from Atlanta, GA and began his college career at Mercer University.  He obtained his Associate of Science Degree in Geography from Florida State College of Jacksonville, FL and later recieved a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a Bachelor of Science in Communication with a concentration in Electronics Media from the University of North Florida.  Derrick is currently a PhD candidate in Applied Economics, a program that is offered conjointly through the Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology, Department of Forestry, and the Department of Economics.  He is currently working on a research study, "A Unified Approach for Analyzing Socioeconomic Impacts from Meteorological, Technological, and Economic Shocks".


Alana Dillette originally came to Auburn University from the Islands of The Bahamas to study in the Hotel & Restaurant Management Program. Alana has received multiple fellowships and awards for her research on sustainable small island tourism development. Additionally, Alana works as a Teaching Assistant for her program. In addition to her studies, Alana has competed internationally in the sport of swimming for many years, including the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. She continues to be involved with initiatives surrounding the empowerment of minorities in aquatics. This is Ms. Dillette's first term serving as secretary for BGPSA. 



India Napier is a doctoral student and research assistant in the Biomedical Sciences Program at the College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM). Her research is focused on developing a contraceptive vaccine as a low-cost alternative to reducing the overpopulation of cats. She obtained her BA in Biology from Boston University in Massachusetts and received her MS in Biomedical Sciences (with a specialization in Male Reproductive Toxicology) from AU’s CVM. India also serves as the Vice President of the Graduate Student Council.




April Scott is a Birmingham, Alabama native and our resident karaoke queen who loves the performing arts. She is an alumna of Tuskegee University, where she recieved her B.S. in Psychology before contnuing on to Barry University to earn her M.S. in Clinical Psychology.  Currenttly, she is a doctoral candidate in Counseling Psychology.  April has been a member of BGPSA since arriving at Auburn, and loves the way that BGPSA members support one another through the graduate school process. 
Past BGPSA positions: President 2011-2013




Desmond Delk, author, philanthropist, mentor, student, hypeman, lecturer, DJ, uncle, brother, son, cousin, grandson, driver, passenger,  is a native of Southwest Atlanta, Georgia. He is a doctoral student and graduate teaching assistant in the School of Kinesiology. A graduate of Morehouse College, Delk aspires to be a positive example to all young people by showing them that success is the result of diligence.




Valecia Wilson is currently pursuing a Master of Community Planning degree.  She completed her undergraduate and professional education at Hampton Unviersity, cumulating in a Master of Architecture degree, and is interested in placemaking and sustainable development, particularly in areas affected by suburban sprawl.  Currently, Valecia works in the CADC Office of Multicultural Affairs, where she aids department efforts to develop a rich and diverse student body and works to encourage minority students to enter the design field. In addition to her work with the Auburn University Student Planning Association, she is the President of the University chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (and Designers - NOMAD).