- Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
By Ryan Clark
CHS Communications Director
Congratulations are in order for Kiersten White.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!