With a large transition of the previous Directors of Diversity Efforts, 2012-2013’s Jennifer Gibbons, and the originally-elected, Monica Mendoza, I am very excited to find a home within ASUW as the Director of Diversity Efforts!!
To clear the air, although Monica was the elected Director of Diversity Efforts during the Spring Elections, she needed to respectfully resign. I have been following up with Monica every week, making sure that I continue with the ideals and concepts of her original plan in this position. Now that she is working for Washington State, we, as ASUW, has continued our communication and missions with Monica, although she is not longer going to be working on the Board of Directors.
As an introduction, I believe it is very important for the UW campus to understand who I am and why I have been appointed by ASUW for this position. I have always been inspired to be a Husky, because not only did my mother graduate the University of Washington, but my grandmother, Allethia L. Allen, was a tenure professor at the UW School of Social Work. Since the first day attending the University, as a student, I have been active in efforts in diversity on campus, interning for the previous American Indian Student Commission Director, and sitting in her place as the ASUW Student Senate AISC Senator and Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity Student Advisory Board AISC Representative.
Growing up in White Center and Burien, I have always been influenced by the communities around me, very diverse both in culture and economic classes. This had always motivated me to be involved in social justice and enthusiasm for exploring diverse cultures and identities.
Currently, I am a 4th year at UW, majoring in Law, Societies and Justice as well as Social work, with an interest in American Indian Studies.
So far, I have been assisted in creating a ASUW Student Senate Diversity Caucus, which meets usually 15 minutes before Senate session in room 201. They are creating a priority of Diversity Efforts and support within senate. Soon I will be building a Diversity Calendar, accessible for all Diversity-based Organizations and Centers on campus to interact with and outreach to students on campus. A goal for my position this year will definitely be INTERSECTIONALITY! Working with diverse groups with multiple identities on campus!
I am am very excited to currently accept students willing to intern for me, and have a catalyst open and available for those interested! The deadline for this application will be November 20th. Here is the link: