Gerilyn Slicker is a research asssistant at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute. She graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a Bachelors of Arts in both Sociology and History in June 2010. During her time in college, she wrote an undergraduate thesis in sociology as well as served as a leader in several student organizations. Currently, Gerilyn is enrolled in a Masters of Arts program in Sociology at the George Washington University. In addition to being a student, she is an instructional assistant for an undergraduate fundamental writing and sociology course. She was born in Ohio, grew up in Southern California, and currently resides in Washington, DC.