- Hometown: Tacoma, WA
- Major: Political Science
- Minors: English, Communications
I was highly interested in pursuing a career in teaching. While researching colleges I found that Western had the best education program in Washington. Also, I visited the campus several times and I really liked the educational environment.
A Passion for Social Justice
I chose to major in political science/social studies because I am very passionate about social justice and the uplifting of people in general. My major allows me to explore and understand current issue as well as their historical roots.
Leading the Way
I have been most surprised by how easy it has been to get involved in campus affairs. In addition to being involved in several clubs and other social groups on campus, I have also been a member of Washington Student Lobby, two diversity committees, a faculty hiring committee, and worked as a DJ for KUGS, Western's radio station. Now, I am serving as the student member of Western's Board of Trustees, a position appointed by Governor Christine Gregoire.
Outside the Classroom
I love to play basketball. I participate in almost all of the basketball intramural seasons offered. I am also a member of a club called Straight Jacket Liberations. This is a performing arts group with a mission to empower marginalized voices. Beyond this I just like to kick it with people in the Ethnic Student Center and play the guitar.
Committed to Growth
Leadership has played a huge role in my experience at Western. The amount of support and opportunities I have been presented with is phenomenal. Although Western is not perfect, as no university is, it has shown me its commitment to change and growth through the way I have been greeted with open arms.
A Pivotal Moment
My best memory is of the first Black Student Union meeting I attended. I could only stay at the meeting for fifteen minutes so I basically ate some pizza and left. Jesse Moore, the Vice President of Diversity at the time, called me out and said, “How you just gonna eat some pizza and leave!”….. This event marked the beginning of the mentorship and friendship that has helped me be a successful college student.
I like the people in Bellingham. They are relaxed and don't care much about other people's perception of them. It's nice to be around people who don't put pressure on you to behave in certain ways.