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Keara Ryan appointed as student trustee to WWU Board of Trustees

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On June 30, Governor Jay Inslee appointed Student Trustee Keara Ryan, from Snoqualmie, Washington, to Western’s Board of Trustees to fill a one-year term through June 30, 2023. 

Ryan attended Mount Si High School and will graduate from Western Washington University in 2024 with a bachelor's degree in Sociology, along with a minor in Holocaust and Genocide Studies. Since transferring to Western in fall 2021, Ryan has worked in the Associated Students Office of Civic Engagement as the Elections Coordinator, increasing voter turnout in student elections by over 50%. She has served as Outreach Coordinator for WWU Planned Parenthood Generation Action and has been a contributor to The Back. In her second quarter, Ryan planned a period production distribution event where she handed out over 700 Diva Cups to students in order to disrupt the cycle of period poverty on campus with a sustainable period product. For this work, Ryan was awarded the Commitment to Justice Award from the Club Hub.

She has received multiple awards for her community service, including the Robert F. Lucas Award for Community Service for her work in high school as Lieutenant Governor of Division 28 Pacific Northwest Key Club. Prior to attending Western, Ryan served on the Carroll College Associated Student Senate and Judiciary Committee. In her free time, she enjoys knitting, fiber arts, reading, and volunteering as event staff with Lydia Place.

Learn more about Western's student trustees here.

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Due to low numbers of students and employees on campus during the summer, the Voluntary Employee Testing Program has been terminated for the summer. Please visit the COVID-19 Health and Safety webpage for employee testing recommendations and options.
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