Jennifer Arellano (she/her) is a first-generation graduate student with Seattle University’s Institute of Public Service, where she is a Master of Public Administration candidate. She has lived her whole life in King County and is an adamant supporter of the saying, “West Coast is the Best Coast”. Having studied political science, human rights, and international studies as an undergrad at the University of Washington, she fully saw the intersection of these fields emerge when she set out to do an AmeriCorps service year with City Year - a nonprofit that exclusively focuses on eradicating the education gap amongst elementary and middle school students in South Seattle. Her upbringing, the various public-sector internships she held, volunteer experiences, and service year, fueled Jennifer’s passion in influencing policy that impacts underserved communities. Jennifer brings a positive can-do attitude, an analytical-eye, and tenacity into her current discipline when it comes to asking the question on everyone’s mind of how we create effective and equitable policy. She hopes to further this drive with her ASGC colleagues and most importantly, advancing her unshakable commitment to bettering her home communities.
Leina Diamond was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawai’i but previously lived in Washington for the past three years while completing her B.A. in Law & Justice from Central Washington University. She is currently a first year student in the Master of Arts in Criminal Justice with a Specialization in Criminal Justice Research & Evaluation here at Seattle University. However, due to the pandemic, she is currently doing distance learning (from Hawai’i). Social justice, diversity, and broadening horizons are among some of her passions and hopes to connect with everyone despite the distance. As the Communications Chair of ASGC, Leina looks forward to connecting with fellow ASGC members, A&S students, and other school and community organizations.
Augustine Herman was born and raised in Westbrook, Maine. She attended Plymouth State University in Plymouth, NH where she gained her BS in Exercise and Sport Physiology. Her love for physical activity and exercise as medicine came from her years of dance. She studied with the Radio City Rockettes in NYC for four summers in their Intensive Program and danced in the 88th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Looking for a change of pace she chose Seattle University for her Masters of Kinesiology (Clinical Track) and is a part of the first cohort within that program. Augustine believes in a strong community-based education and is excited to be a part of the Arts and Sciences Graduate Council.
Born and raised in California, Cay Lane, MFA '21, first moved to Seattle in 2006 to obtain their BA in Digital Design from Seattle University. Now, through their MFA in Arts Leadership, they are developing research on queer art safe spaces, intersectional pedagogies, and accessibility modeling with the eventual goal to take those ideas into the professional arts community. Cay thrives on community-based programming, coffee, a high word count, and lots of gardening.
After working as an English Teacher overseas for a year, Ashley Marshall decided to come back to Washington and figure out a way she could give back to youth in her community that look like her. As an alumni of Seattle University, it only felt natural to come back and further her education. That is how she came to be a part of the 2021 MFA in Arts Leadership cohort. Creating a more equitable arts education for youth farthest from educational justice is the driving force behind her work and a big reason why she’s currently working at Youth in Focus. Ashley is excited to be a part of the Arts and Science Graduate Council and looks forward to working with everyone!
Alex Mielcarek recently completed a Bachelor of Science in Public Health and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish at the College of Charleston's Honors College. During her bachelor's education, she co-founded and directed Green Haus Art (an artist collective and DIY gallery space in Charleston, SC), developed her Bachelor’s Essay “Crear una frontera queer: Cómo las autoras pioneras de temas queer y Chicana cruzan las expectaciones del género”, and presented her research Documenting LGBTQ Oral Histories in SC’s Lowcountry at the 2019 American Public Health Association National Conference. Through her experiences in Charleston she discovered her passion for the arts and desire for further education with attention to making the arts more accessible for emerging artists. She currently lives in Seattle where she is continuing her journey as an Arts Leader through the MFA ’22 cohort.
Allan Sinfuego is a first year student in the Master of Kinesiology (Clinical) program at Seattle University. He earned his BS in Health Psychology from Bastyr University. Allan received his commission in the United States Navy after graduating from Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island. He enjoys traveling the world, having been stationed overseas and visiting many different countries and cultures. His academic and professional experience drives his passion for health, leadership and learning. Allan's goal is to represent the MSK program and support the continued growth and development of the Seattle University Community.
Laura Hauck-Vixie began her academic career as an undergraduate student in the College of Arts and Sciences at Seattle University, majoring in Spanish and Sociology. Laura began her advising career in the SU Albers School of Business and Economics graduate programs and currently serves as a lead advisor in Arts and Sciences in addition to advising two student organizations: Arts and Sciences Graduate Council and Tau Sigma Gamma Mu Transfer Student Honor Society.
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