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BELLINGHAM − Sarah Ishmael, a graduate of Gig Harbor High School, is the newly appointed student trustee at Western Washington University.
Appointed by Gov. Chris Gregoire, Ishmael will serve on Western’s Board of Trustees until June 30, 2010.
“Sarah Ishmael is an accomplished leader who already has established a remarkable record of serving Western as a student. We all are very pleased that we will have the opportunity for her insights and guidance as our new student trustee,” said WWU President Bruce Shepard.
As a trustee, Ishmael will represent all the citizens of Washington, but give a valuable perspective to the board because of her experience as a Western student.
“I am very grateful to be named as the student trustee. I look forward to working with such distinguished trustees, and am humbled to have the opportunity to contribute my knowledge and experience to serve the university and state,” Ishmael said.
Ishmael is a student at Western’s Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies and a participant in the Law, Diversity and Justice Program. Her interdisciplinary concentration focuses on leadership, political studies and higher education policy. In addition to her concentration, she is seeking a minor in communications.
She served as Legislative Liaison and then as Vice President for Legislative and Governmental Affairs with the Associated Students, Western’s student government organization.
In her role as vice president, among many duties, she organized a student voter registration and education drive that led to the registration of 442 students; hosted a series of successful workshops designed to educate students about civic engagement, state tuition policy and other issues facing students; and planned Viking Lobby Day 2009, in which Western students lobbied state legislators and members of state agencies.
As legislative liaison, she represented Associated Students to the state government; coordinated with other student liaisons to help pass legislation that revised and improved the childcare grant system; helped secure funding for additional mental health counseling at state universities; and organized Western Leadership Advantage VIP Student Legislative Day, which included meetings between student leadership and leaders in Olympia. Last year, she also was the student keynote speaker for Western’s Women of Color Empowerment Dinner.
She is the daughter of Everard and Violet Ishmael of Gig Harbor.
A print-quality photo of Sarah Ishmael is available in the University Communications Photo Center.