PRIDE MONTH 2023: Making Sure Voices are Heard

By Ryan Clark
CHS Communications Director

Congratulations are in order for Kiersten White.

After all, she just recently graduated with a Human Health Sciences degree, on the Athletic Training track. But according to her, she has so much more to do.

White, who is now in the Master’s program for Athletic Training, also serves as the CHS Senator for the Student Government Association. “I act as a connection between the student body and SGA and the policies we introduce,” she said. “I make sure the College of Health Sciences’ voice is heard.”

And there is one other fact about Kiersten. While it seems unconnected, it just happens to be a part of everything she does. She identifies as part of the LGBTQ+ community — and it makes everything she is involved in that much more important.

As we wrap up our coverage of Pride Month, here’s 5 questions with Kiersten White …


What does Pride Month mean to you?

Pride Month is a time to celebrate a part of me that doesn’t always see the light, and to celebrate the successes of the community and reflect on failures to improve upon for the next year.

What does it mean to be an SGA Representative? Or to just represent any group on campus? 

Being an SGA rep allows me to bring a voice into the SGA room from the communities I represent, not just the College but also the LGBTQ+ community. Representing a whole group is daunting, but it also has to be done. It also means talking with others within the College to get their opinions on topics they feel need to be addressed.

Why is it important for students to follow what SGA is doing?

Students should follow what SGA is doing monthly because the items talked about directly impact them, and if they feel their voices aren’t being heard, then I will gladly yield my time for them to address issues they are passionate about.

Ultimately, how does this leadership role help you in your future career as an AT?

This role will 100 percent help my future career as an AT because of the leadership qualities it develops. I’ve learned to call out people on their words and how it can affect others, as well as making sure the people who we are representing matter. The same can be said about athletes and advocating for their best interests.

CHS tries to do its best to be an inclusive place for students. Do you feel that in this leadership position, you’re helping to continue to help us make strides in those areas?

That is always the goal. I will be working in the fall on some events, as well as with our new caucus system so minority groups can have an even larger voice in Senate!