Governor selects Ciara White as CWU’s new student trustee

June 23, 2017 GMT

Gov. Jay Inslee named Ciara White as the student member of the Central Washington University Board of Trustees for 2017-18, according to a news release.

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 in the release. “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, 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, assisting with promoting and planning events.

White said her No. 1 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.

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.