Brumley Scholar | Brumley Fellows
Janae Steggall is a rising junior pursuing a degree in International Relations and Global Studies, a minor in History, and a Security Studies certificate. Janae is the incoming President of TX Votes, an award-winning nonpartisan civic engagement organization that devotes itself to registering, educating, and encouraging students and faculty to participate in democracy. She is the outgoing Chair of the Civic Engagement Alliance, a collection of organizations working toward greater civic engagement, especially for groups that vote at historically low rates. As a Dedman Distinguished Scholar, she has gained mentorship and support from the Dedman family for delving into and exploring her passions. Through the Normandy Scholars Program at UT, Janae has enhanced her ability to analyze history and the ethics of modern-day commemoration efforts and is eager to pursue a future of protecting human rights and peace globally. She has co-founded and received seed funding for a nonprofit, Reading With Meaning, which mentors 5th-9th graders to productively handle their gender identity, sexual orientation, peer pressure, bullying, and mental illness through literature. She is a preceptor for two LAH courses, The Idea of Liberal Arts and The Ideas of Civic Engagement, in which freshmen gain writing skills and learn to create and run their own nonprofit. Passionate about civic engagement, the treatment of immigrants and refugees, and education, she worked in Representative Ryan Guillen’s office in the Texas House of Representatives, researching and drafting legislation. Upon graduation, Janae plans to attend graduate school for international affairs. Her career interests lie within the fields of diplomacy and international security. She is excited to be a part of the Brumley Next Generation Scholars’ Program to research and explore possible policy solutions in areas she’s passionate about, and to be among and learn from like-minded students.