Where are you originally from? I was raised in Lynnwood, WA for a core part of my life. Ethnically from Eritrea, which is on the eastern coast of Africa.
What is your official position at WWU? Program Coordinator in the Ethnic Student Center
What does your past work experience look like? I have worked multiple positions in the Enrollment Services office at Everett Community College.
Why did you choose to work at WWU? I was looking to experience working at a university level, as well as more directly with a diverse student population which I am able to do at the ESC.
How do you see your department impact the Western Community? A lot of my job revolves around programming events through the Ethnic Student Center and its student clubs. By helping students embrace and display their cultures proudly, we get the chance to expose the diverse populations that are in our community.
What is your favorite resource or thing that your department offers/what is something you wish more people knew about your department/position? I would say my favorite thing about the ESC are the quarterly events the ESC has that tries to tackle intersectional topics that are relevant to many of our student groups.
What do you hope to bring to the position? I hope to bring a human element to my position, someone that students can relate to and feel comfortable with exploring different event ideas. I want to nurture unorthodox approaches to share one’s culture and identity.
What does the position bring to your life? This position allows me to connect with many amazing students, as much as I am here to teach them how to plan events, they teach me every day about how to be a more complete person.
What do you do outside of your job? I am also a Master’s student here at WWU, so I work on school work but also enjoy watching movies, listening to music, and talking about anything that pops in my mind.
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