Where are you originally from?
The Olympia, Washington area.
Why did you choose to work at WWU?
I wanted to come back to Washington. I was in Alaska last year and I missed being in Washington, and I love working in Higher Education, and with Student Conduct specifically. So this was just the great combination of things I love doing in a place I love being.
What is your official position at WWU?
I am the Case Manager Conduct Officer. The Conduct Officer side is taking care of the potential policy violations that occur outside of ResLife, or with nonresidential students inside of ResLife, and trying to use that sort of discipline policy violations as a developmental educational aspect of peoples Higher Education. The Case Management aspect is helping out with the students of concern. Our office deals a lot with students that are having concerns, or faculty concerned about a student or parent, so we reach out and try to help bridge the services.
How do you see your department impacting the Western Community?
I think that we both, on the conduct side we’re a large part of the ethical development of students who are struggling, and we’re also that great crisis resource. When people don’t know where else to turn on campus I think we’re one of those resources people come to because we can help to connect to so many other resource areas.
What is your favorite resource or thing that your department offers/what is something that you wish more people knew about your department/position?
Not necessarily the department, but with student conduct, I wish more people realized that it was educational and developmental, and that we’re not just judicial. In a lot of places, you still see judicial office, or judicial officer. My title is Conduct Officer not Judicial Officer because the institution recognizes that this is an educational and development process, that’s really about learning and helping students learn and grow. Not just the disciplinarian. So, I wish more people understood that.
What do you hope to bring to the position?
I hope to bring enthusiasm, a student-centric focus, and hopefully will be able to focus specifically with the student conduct process more into that developmental, educational, and a community focus.
What does the position bring to your life?
It allows me to be in Washington, which first and foremost is amazing. It also allows me the opportunity to expand as a new professional in Higher Ed., outside of just doing student conduct. It brings me a sense of satisfaction to work with students, as well as the opportunity to learn and grow as a professional.
What do you do outside of the job?
I like to drive, I like to do photography, BMX riding, when I had a bike, and hanging out with my cat.
Is there anything that you weren’t asked about that you want other to know about?
Just that I’m really excited to be here, and really excited to meet everyone.
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