Candidate for a B.A. in Political Science and a B.A. in Philosophy, Oklahoma State University
Payton Dougherty is a senior at Oklahoma State University (OSU) earning a BA in Political Science, a BA in Philosophy, and a minor in Legal Studies. In the last year, she was named OSU’s Outstanding Senior in Philosophy and an institutional nominee for the Truman Scholarship. Payton serves as the OSU Student Government Association Supreme Court Chief Justice and is a member of the College of Arts and Sciences Student Council. As an OSU delegate to the Oklahoma Intercollegiate Legislature, Payton has won Best House Legislation and First Runner-up Attorney. Throughout college, Payton has worked at the OSU Writing Center as a peer consultant, supervisor, and mentor group leader, where she leads inquiries regarding how to improve services to a diverse body of students. As a political science research assistant, Payton was a co-author for a paper on World Trade Organization dispute settlement proceedings for the Midwest Political Science Conference of 2020. She also works as a server. At OSU, Payton is a founding member of a diverse group of students organizing to implement equitable policy and social changes on campus. With the momentum of the recent resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement, she and other Black campus leaders have mobilized students, collaborated with administrators, and piloted social media campaigns to elevate and address important causes on campus. Payton also serves as the Director of Diversity for the Oklahoma Intercollegiate Legislature.