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Mental health care is essential

March 04, 2022

Between a worldwide pandemic, war in Ukraine, and just trying to keep everything together in our everyday lives, this is an emotionally challenging time. Two years into a pandemic and 10 days into a war in Ukraine, how can we expect students and staff not to feel the effect of what is happening and affecting us here at home? Stress is not new; this is just the latest drop in an already overflowing bucket. We are at a breaking point when it comes to mental health. >>

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We must focus on outcomes!

February 25, 2022

Career readiness is a critical element in Guided Pathways. As we work to help students choose and stay on a path to a certificate or degree, we need to follow through to realize the end goal: a living-wage job. I see a significant imbalance between enrollment advising and career advising. We start students on their path, but we don’t do a good enough job seeing them to the finish line. >>

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Learning to create change

February 18, 2022

Wow, I am amazed at this internship. It has opened my eyes to many remarkable aspects of the Washington state Legislature. Who would have thought back in November that I would be here trying to create change? >>

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Our time is now

Our time is now

February 11, 2022

As I fly home from representing our 278,000 community and technical college students at the National Legislative Conference in Washington DC, I’m overcome with joy as I process my time there. >>

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Sharing my story with Gov. Inslee

February 04, 2022

This week, I had the honor and privilege of meeting Governor Jay Inslee. I attended the State Board meeting where the governor was a guest. I was happy just being in that space, but he wanted to talk to us: the legislative interns! >>

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Teamwork makes the dream work

January 28, 2022

The past two weeks at the State Board have taught me how to propose amendments, assess bill language, and the power of coalition. One of my goals during this internship is to learn how and where my voice is most impactful. >>

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