Where are you originally from?
Originally from Los Angeles, California.
Why did you choose to work at WWU?
I originally chose to work at Western back in 2005. I went to graduate school in Canada, in British Columbia at Trinity Western and I was driving from California into Canada and I stopped in Bellingham on my way to the border and thought, “Wow, this a really cool town, it’s really nice.” So, when it was time to look at schools after graduate school I applied for the Resident’s Director position at Western, and got it, and was in the role for 6 years, and it was just an incredible experience. I had a great time, built great relationships with students, it’s a beautiful location, really enjoyed working with the faculty and staff, and just enjoyed it all the way around. When I left and went to law school in Michigan I always sort of had it in the back of my head a little bit that there was an opportunity to come back to Western. It would be great because I enjoyed it so much. Then, after I graduated I went into some different roles, and eventually this Assistant Director of the Ethnic Student Center position became available. I was really excited about coming back to Western in a new role with new responsibilities, working with our student population in the ESC. There was just a lot of excitement so I applied for it, and that’s what brought me back into this new role.
What is your official position at WWU?
The Assistant Director of the Ethnic Student Center.
How do you see your department impact the Western Community?
The ESC provides a place for marginalized students and allies to come and do programs together, study together, socialize together. It creates a comfortable atmosphere for students to just enjoy and be themselves and learn and grow. Myself and the staff here really enjoy being a part of that process, so it applies across the board for our ESC, marginalized students and allies can just come together here and learn and grow.
What is your favorite resource or thing that your department offers/what is something you wish more people knew about your department/position?
One of my favorite things that the ESC provides is just a place for students to feel comfortable, and work together. I know thinking back to my undergraduate experience, I was a minority student and it was nice to have our multicultural center. I could go there and talk to students, be comfortable. It gave me a place in between classes to study, to relax. It’s really great that Western provides that with the ESC. On any given day you’ll see students relaxing, you’ll see them sleeping, you’ll see some studying, you’ll see some having a lunch. It just creates a wonderful social atmosphere for the students, and I think it’s great.
What do you hope to bring to the position?
I just hope to be an advocate for the students. Get to know them, build relationships, help create the most welcoming open environment that we can hope to create for them. Help them put on great programs, provide different resources, and just connect with the students. Build relationships with the other faculty and staff around campus and figure out ways to provide the best environment we can to students in the ESC.
What does the position bring to your life?
The chance to grow professionally. This is my first time in the assistant director position, so there are different skill sets I can learn, in terms of supervision, managing the budget, managing the operations of the ESC. Connecting with different staff members and faculty on campus just allows me the opportunity to grow professionally in many different ways.
What do you do outside of the job?
Outside of the job I like to go to the gym. I played basketball in college so it’s a big part of my life. Trying to stay fit, working out. I like to be active, go outside and walk around. It’s a beautiful, breathtaking location, so it’s fun to just walk around and see some of the sites in town, and take it in. I think people who are here for a while sort of take it for granted, but this is just a breathtaking location. You’ve got the mountains and trees, and water all just within the area. You can stand in one spot and see some of the most breathtaking views that you can find on a college campus. Sometimes I’m walking around and think, “do we understand this environment, what this brings?”, whereas you go to other schools and it’s more rustic, less picturesque settings. It’s really nice here.
Is there anything else that you weren’t asked about/you want to share about your position that you want others to know about?
I’m just really excited to be back here at Western. There’s a lot to learn so I’m in the process of just taking in new information. There’s a lot of students in the ESC, there’s 17 clubs, so it’s a process, connecting with the clubs, and meeting the club presidents and different members of the clubs. I’m just excited to work my way through the process of getting to know the students and getting to know how to run the ESC.
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