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Governor selects Ciara White as CWU’s new student trustee

Ciara White Student TrusteeGovernor Jay Inslee today named Ciara White as the student member of the Central Washington University Board of Trustees for 2017-18.

White, 20, who will be a senior during her term, is majoring in social services with a minor in sociology, women and gender studies, and law and justice. She is a McNair Scholar and has worked as an assistant in the Office of Student Involvement.

“Ciara White has an impressive record of involvement and achievement,” Inslee said. “As a trustee, she will represent the students well and make informed decisions to benefit the entire university community.”

White, a graduate of Mount Rainier High School in Des Moines, Washington, is a former Barto Hall resident assistant and previously served as president of the Black Student Union as well as treasurer of CWU’s SISTERS! Club.

She also attended the Chavez-King Leadership Institute for Social Change and has been involved in various volunteer and mentorship programs at local middle and elementary schools. This summer, she will complete an internship at the Kent Chamber of Commerce, primarily assisting it with promoting and planning events.

“When I saw that applications were being accepted for the student trustee position, I felt compelled to apply,” she said. “I truly believe that universities have the potential to make incredible differences in students’ lives.”

White said her number one goal as student trustee will be to “make sure our students’ voices are heard at Central.” To that end, she hopes to work on improving retention rates, particularly for students of color. She would also like to help establish more outreach to non-traditional students to help them obtain an education.

“As a trustee, I will represent Washington but also provide a student viewpoint,” she continued. “Everyone has a voice and I want to be the voice of our school.”

All of the state’s six public baccalaureate institutions have a student seat on its governing bodies. The student trustees serve one-year terms and are full voting members on all issues except matters relating to hiring or discipline of personnel, tenure of faculty, and collective bargaining agreements. White’s term will end on June 30, 2018.

White was among a list of five nominees for student trustee submitted by CWU to the governor.

Media contact: Richard Moreno, director of content development, 509-963-2714,
Thursday, June 22, 2017

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