As a student at the University of Washington, I have developed an academic understanding of human rights practices, political science, and theories regarding ethics and justice. It has been my pleasure to grow and engage with my community. I became the Vice President of Public Relations of the honor society Omicron Delta Kappa in 2015 and since then have been more active in serving my local community. With the support of faculty, mentors, and club officers, student leadership advisers, and community organizations I have staffed and participated in various local events such as the UWT Tobacco Free Carnival for the Great American Smoke Out and Walk A Mile in Her Shoes for sexual assault programs in Pierce County.  I am receiving a Bachelors Degree in June of 2016 in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics with a Minor in Human Rights. 

Leadership Values...

A leader is someone who finds a need and offers their own abilities to solve the issue at hand. People who understand the needs of others are important because they become invested in other people around them. Finding out what other people need and want is rooted in respect and an ability to listen. I want to continue developing my understanding of larger systemic problems which impact the lives of others locally and internationally. I feel that it is my obligation as a citizen of my community and the world to find a way to be a support to those who do not have the ability to do it alone. Being present for other people is a gift beyond measure. I contribute to my community not because it will bring relief to me. Being in the position to not have to ask for help for myself is a privilege not many people have, especially on a global scale. I can live in a mindfulness that aligns with equality and take responsibility for things that are in my control. Civic engagement is equally important because government is a collective of people who make decision to appropriate resources. It is vital that people who function from a place of equality and empowerment are motivated to be involved. This shows that you take what you say seriously and mean to make changes which can cease the root cause of larger systemic issues.

Social responsibility...

I have personally always been interested in human rights, which is what has lead me to become passionate about direct service. This passion began as a love for academic philosophy, which grew into a desire to expand this mode of thinking to a tangible level. Becoming involved in real-world problems expanded my desire to enter into the study of political theory and political structures. What attracted me to this kind of discipline is the way it connects the lives of every person in a way which can be ratified to fit people’s needs. This is how we make positive change in the world. These mechanisms are dual sided: one being direct service, the other being education and civic engagement. Together these avenues can elevate people’s lives and bring social justice. Human rights depend on how we treat each other, through international frameworks and in our communities. We can find needs of others locally, and so I believe it is our duty to become available to be that support.

By being active in education and civic engagement we can understand underlying systemic issues which may cause the injustice of others, such as racism, sexism, and classisms. Becoming involved in education not only allows the person doing the direct service to understand the forces behind and surrounding the larger cause or issues of their needs, it also allows for the understanding to approach these issues legally and locally. If we understand the people to which we are offering support to it will improve our own sense of agency when facing systems which make legal changes. This means voting, reaching out to elected officials, and being present in local problems. This will improve our communities and make our ties of solidarity stronger.

From various methods of involvement we can construct a synergistic effect which will ripple outwards from what is built locally. We all deserve to have the best life, and as a citizen we should be tolerant to each others difference in lifestyle and beliefs.  Our differences can make us more educated if we are willing to approach it that way. Conflict comes from belief that one idea of truth is better or more correct than the other. The law is a binding agreement between all of us, and provides protection from many kinds of violations. But to live in harmony with each other would be the best we can give each other, and although it is very problematic, the idea should be something to which we keep as a goal.