Rachel Smithers

Rachel Smithers

Hey y’all, I’m ecstatic to announce that I’m running for Director of Diversity Efforts! In this position, I aim to improve dynamic programming for underrepresented groups through more accessible opportunities and events on our campus. As a liaison, I will learn from and uplift diverse voices to ensure the empowerment of all marginalized students. My internship with the Black Student Commission as a liaison to the Student Advisory Board has informed my inclusive approach to advocate for students and support event programming. I will utilize my experiences as an OMA&D mentor and Orientation Leader to creatively use resources to increase equitable educational outcomes and promote inclusivity by educating students about diverse identities.

  • Partner with the proposed Office of Inclusive Design to increase accessibility to diversity commission (JCC) programs.
  • Include the voice of international students to inform ASUW decision-making.
  • Work with JCC entities to better reflect intersectional identities and evolving identification.
  • Establish broader communication and collaboration across JCC entities.
  • Promote diversity in ASUW Student Senate by working with JCC, diversity organizations, and RSOs to increase representation.
  • Expand diversity course requirement and informal education surrounding identity, culture, and positionality.
  • Increase visibility of avenues for remedying discrimination and ensuring accountability.

Qualifications:

UW Orientation Leader 2019-20
OMA/D Mentor Power for Success Mentor 2018-19
ASUW Black Student Commission SAB Liaison 2018-19

Endorsements:

  • Bengali Students Association
  • Black Student Union
  • Pi Kappa Phi
  • ASL Club at UW
  • Alpha Phi
  • Delta Delta Delta
  • Interfraternity Council
  • Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Kappa Sigma
  • Students for Bernie at UW