Andrea believes that art is the most effective communication tool in activism work, which sparked her move to Seattle to pursue a MFA in Arts Leadership at Seattle University. She grew up in Singapore, and attained her Bachelor in Music Studies at the University of Sydney, Australia.
She founded The Chamber Project, a Sydney-based arts organization with the mission to challenge the elitist and classist norms that classical music perpetuates. Andrea is passionate about access and equity; her hope is to start-up a consulting company to help arts organizations, schools/universities, non-profits and corporations develop a anti-oppression and racial equity framework.
When she’s not in school, you can find her in coffeehouses starting conversations with strangers, or lurking around the kitchen inhaling a tub of ice-cream.
Hello! My name is Dominique Friz, a second year nursing student. My hometown is the San Fernando Valley in CA, which sits on stolen land of the Chumash tribe. In my free time I like to scheme, take naps, and cook with friends. My personal goal this year is to learn more about latinx political identity, historical movements, and indigenous communities. Right now at SU, I am working on: equitable resources for low-income students at the College of Nursing and a mentorship program for students with minoritized identities through OMA. With my position as a DEEP peer educator, I hope to build meaningful connections with my peers. I am prepared to show up, listen up, and speak up.
Charlie Jenna Stone is a transfer student from South Seattle Community College studying Creative Writing and Women and Gender Studies. Before Seattle University she was teaching and facilitating workshops on anything from poetry or pottery, to comic book development. Presently she works in the community with an up-and-coming nonprofit focusing on education on sexual assault and consent. Outside of school she skates for the Rainier Roller Girls and is always expanding her collection of zombie movies.
For Charlie, working as a Diversity and Equity Peer Educator means going into every experience on campus with a social justice lens and starting conversations on how we can do better to seek equity and justice within our community. It's an opportunity to take the Seattle University mission statement to heart and to seek a more just and humane world, starting with ourselves and school.
The more I grow, the better cognizant I am of my life’s purpose and I am beyond excited for the opportunity to promote multiculturalism and cultural competency throughout Seattle University. DEEP has offered me an opportunity to water the seeds of transformation on issues relating to race, class, gender, sexual orientation, age, ability, religion, and global engagement planted by our predecessors. Through DEEP I am aware of my implicit bias and a willingness to confront these unconscious biases. My name is Bridget Brako, an international graduate student from Ghana. I enjoy meeting new people and finding ways to help them have an uplifting experience. When I am not busy pursuing my ambitions, I enjoy cooking and unwinding to good music. I am a more evolved person because of DEEP.
Hello everyone, my name is Alex Orfirer-Maher and I am a graduating senior from Oakland, CA. I am double majoring in Sociology and Women & Gender Studies, two departments that I love dearly. I am deeply passionate about the Jewish concept of Tikkun Olam, which translates to “repairing a broken world.” It is based off of a mystical story of the world as a vase that was shattered long ago and every good thing we do is a piece—big or small—of the puzzle that will eventually lead to a healed world. I often translate this into my own life by remembering that this is an immense and lengthy, possibly never-ending, task and while the big pieces are important, the puzzle cannot be completed without the small ones too. I would like to continue this work in my role as a DEEP Peer Educator by supporting the incredible work being done around campus because we cannot put the world back together on our own.