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SEEDs 2020-2021

Jessie Solberg - Sanford SEED expanding section

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Jessie Solberg
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Senior: Early Child/Middle Child Education w/ At-Risk Youth Care Minor

Why did you get involved with SEEDs?
I got involved with SEEDs so I can continue educating myself while also educating other folxs! As an education major, I love any opportunity to learn and I love having the chance to change the world – SEEDs gives me that.

Social Justice Areas of Interest:

  • Sexuality
  • Gender
  • Feminism
  • Mental Wellness
  • Race
  • Ability
  • ALL OF THEM

Social Justice Areas of Growth:

  • Religion
  • Class
  • Fatphobia
  • ALL OF THEM

Favorite Quote:
"Don’t waste any time trying to be anyone but yourself, because the things that make you strange are the things that make you powerful." – Ben Platt

Nhia Thao - Reuter Hall expanding section

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Nhia Thao
Pronouns: He/Him/His
Senior: Psychology 

Why did you get involved with SEEDs?
I wanted to get involved with the SEEDS program because I wanted to educate my peers about social justice issues and how I want to advocate for my peers and community about issues that regard them.

Social Justice Areas of Interest:

  • Racism
  • Xenophobia
  • Socio-Economic Status
  • Mental Health

Social Justice Areas of Growth:

  • Fatphobia
  • Gender
  • Religion
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Ableism 

Favorite Quote:
Motivation comes from looking at the things you want and realizing what it takes to get it.

Camoya Evans - Eagle Grey expanding section

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Camoya Evans
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Junior: Biology 

Why did you get involved with SEEDs?
I've already gone through one year of the SEEDs program and loved it. I loved how much I was able to learn while also helping others do the same. Now that I know what to expect and how I like to facilitate programs, I'm really excited to be back! I want to be apart of this important work that we do on campus.

Social Justice Areas of Interest:

  • Race & Ethnicity
  • Classism
  • Intersectional Feminism

Social Justice Areas of Growth:

  • Everything!

Favorite Quote:
“The revolution that takes place in your head, nobody will ever see that” - Gil Scott-Heron

Houadraa - Eagle Maroon expanding section

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Houadraa
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Junior: Clinical Laboratory Science

Why did you get involved with SEEDs?
I am involved in the SEEDs program because I hope to continue creating and maintaining spaces that nurture safety for all identities, inclusiveness, and most importantly, belonging for those around me and those who come after me.

Social Justice Areas of Interest:

  • Anti-Blackness in the Asian-American Community
  • Inter-generational Trauma
  • Abusive International Marriages
  • Body Positivity

Social Justice Areas of Growth:

  • Ableism
  • Support for the LGBTQ+ Community
  • Mental Health
  • Overall, becoming more aware of the privileges I have as an individual and challenging my behaviors that continue to support oppressive social systems

Favorite Quote:
"Just keep swimming, just keep swimming"  - Dory

John Vue - Wentz Hall expanding section

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John Vue
Pronouns: He/Him/His
Junior: Sociology 

Why did you get involved with SEEDs?
I heard that the SEEDs team had lots of fun and discussed important social justice topics together. I wanted to be apart of a community where I can continue to learn about social justice issues and grow as a learner.

Social Justice Areas of Interest:

  • Race (police brutality, racism, internalized racism)
  • Disability (access, societal expectations)
  • The Patriarchy
  • Education Systems
  • Gender Violence
  • Mental Health
  • Socio-Economic Status

Social Justice Areas of Growth:

  • Disability
  • Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women
  • Sexuality & LGBTQ+ 
  • Gender Violence
  • Mental Health
  • Trauma 

Favorite Quote:
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter." -Martin Luther King

DeVonte Kuykendall - Laux Hall expanding section

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DeVonte Kuykendall
Pronouns: He/Him/They/Them
Senior: Sociology and Social Justice Minor

Why did you get involved with SEEDs?
Because Jamie told me about it back in the summer of 2017 and SEEDs is just the coolest. I have the energy to converse and educate about all things social justice and sociology, and this fosters to the craving I have. This opportunity is like no other and I love it.

Social Justice Areas of Interest:

  • Race
  • Gender
  • Queer/Quare Rights
  • Environmental/Socio-Economic Justice
  • 3rd/4th Wave Feminism

Social Justice Areas of Growth:

  • Feminism
  • Disability and "Illness" Studies
  • Geological and Environmental Justice
  • Trans-national human rights
  • Religion and Spirituality Studies 

Favorite Quote:
"Plus Ultra"

Devin Bauert - Angell Hall expanding section

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Devin Bauert
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Junior: Communications with minors in Spanish and Digital Media Studies & Design

Why did you get involved with SEEDs?
I love to share my passions for social justice and love learning more about various topics. Joining SEEDs was a great way to utilize this passion and spread social justice at UWL.

Social Justice Areas of Interest:

  • Rape Culture
  • Socio-Economic Status
  • Anti-blackness in Latinx communities
  • Neoliberalism

Social Justice Areas of Growth:

  • Ableism/Ability
  • Environmental Racism
  • Fat & Fatphobia

Favorite Quote
"We don't all have to fight in the same way to fight for the world." - DeRay Mckesson

Davaria Dunson - Coate Hall expanding section

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Davaria Dunson
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Sophomore: Organizational & Professional Communication/Pre-Dental

Why did you get involved with SEEDs?
Now that I am going into my third year at UWL, I have become more comfortable and familiar with the campus environment and the people around the community. I finally feel that I can call UWL my home away from home. Although, UWL has made progress when it comes to diversity and inclusion, we still have a long way to go and I’d like to be apart of the change. I have had several friends (who identify as POCs) transfer because they didn’t feel a sense of belonging at UWL, however, I had a different experience. I want to help other students, especially students of color feel a sense of belonging, feel welcomed, and eventually graduate from UWL! I would also like to educate all students that are interested in topics regarding social justice, and also help other students of color with their personal development and eventually become student leaders on campus (if they are interested, of course!)

Social justice areas of interest:

  • Race Equality
  • Gender Equality
  • Women's Empowerment

Social justice areas of growth:

  • LGBTQ+ Rights

Favorite Quote:
"Be healthy and take care of yourself, but be happy with the things that make you, you." -Beyonce

Alexis Anderson - Hutch Hall expanding section

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Alexis Anderson
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Junior: Biology, Women and Gender Studies minor, Pre-Med

Why did you get involved with SEEDs?
I love the community that I've found within the SEEDs program. I am surrounded by like-minded individuals, which allows us all to have conversations that typically aren't brought up. SEEDs is also the best way that allows me to spread positivity and diversity around campus. After living the res halls, I noticed a lot of hate and bias that goes on and had to find a way to help educate others. No one deserves to go through an uncomfortable situation as they adjust to the new experiences of college.

Social Justice Areas of Interest:

  • Racism/Discrimination
  • Gender
  • Sexuality
  • Privilege
  • Class

Social Justice Areas of Growth:

  • Xenophobia
  • Ability
  • Religion
  • ALL OF THEM

Favorite Quote:
"Everything happens for a reason."

Isabella Rosa - Drake Hall expanding section
Isabella in a yellow sweater
 
Isabella Rosa
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Junior: Recreational Management - Outdoor Recreation with Military Science and Psychology Minors
 
Why did you get involved with SEEDs?
I got involved with the SEEDs program on campus because I wanted to be seen. As a Latina attending a PWI, I first felt out of place living on campus. The RA's in my building made me feel at home. I thought being a SEED provided me the best opportunity to be seen as a student of color on campus for others whilst growing in my knowledge of social justice and intersectionality as a whole.
 
Social Justice Areas of Interest?

  • Racism
  • Gender
  • Ability
  • Sexual Orientation
Social Justice Areas of Growth?

  • All of them!
  • There's so much for me to grow and learn in but I want to grow in my knowledge of the LGBTQ+ community.
Favorite Quote: 
"When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace." Jimi Hendrix
Aprajita Singh - O. White Hall expanding section

Aprajita Singh
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Senior: 

 Why did you get involved with SEEDs?
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Social Justice Areas of Interest:  

  • Racism
  • Religion
  • Gender/Sexuality 
  • Race/Ethnicity 

Social Justice Areas of Growth:

  • Ability 
  • Environmentalism 

Favorite Quote:
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Alex Jeske - Campus Climate expanding section

Alex standing in the street

Alex Jeske
Pronouns: She/Her/They/Them
Senior: Spanish Education

 Why did you get involved with SEEDs?
After hearing a lot of great things about SEEDS and realizing that I have similar interests and goals as those that have already been a part of SEEDS. I am also passionate about being a social justice advocate on campus and beyond that.

Social Justice Areas of Interest:  

  • Systemic Oppression
  • Microaggression
  • Learning from and about history

Social Justice Areas of Growth:

  • Everything

Favorite Quote:
I wish I had one, but I not. I try to live by concepts of self-love and love for other living things.

Matilda Sprain - Campus Climate expanding section

 

Matilda Sprain
Pronouns:  
Junior:

Why did you get involved with SEEDs? 
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Social Justice Areas of Interest: 

  • Race/Ethnicity 
  • Gender/Sexuality
  • Religious Privilege

Social Justice Areas of Growth: 

  • Healthcare Disparity 
  • Age
  • Ability 

Favorite Quote: 
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Angel Velasco Lopez - Campus Climate expanding section

Angel standing and smiling

Angel Velasco Lopez
Major: History & Secondary Education 

Why did you get involved with SEEDs?
I got involved with SEED so that I could further my understanding of social justice while additionally also interacting and helping my peers. As an education major, I'm eager to learn more and understand our current would much better.

Social Justice Areas of Interest:

  • Education
  • Race
  • Ability
  • Police Brutality
  • Hunger
  • Refugees
  • Immigration

Social Justice Areas of Growth:

  • Gender Equality
  • Global Poverty
  • Immigration
  • Social Class 

Favorite Quote:
"They got money for wars but can't feed the poor" -2Pac

Ellie LeBouton - Campus Climate expanding section

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Ellie LeBouton
Pronouns: They/Them/Theirs
Senior: Psychology

Why did you get involved with SEEDs?
I wanted to be able to use the privileges that I have to educate people who may not listen to others. I also want to bring my experience forward, and share the knowledge that I have gained. 

Social Justice Areas of Interest:

  • White Privilege
  • Antiracism and decolonization
  • Mental Health Advocacy
  • LGBTQ+ 

Social Justice Areas of Growth:

  • Class/economic privilege 
  • Medical Discrimination
  • Anything anyone is willing to talk to me about

Favorite Quote:
"We just need some really good 'no nukes' posters" -Joan, Alison Bechdel's "Fun Home"

Mirm Hurula - SEED Intern expanding section

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Mirm Hurula
Pronouns: They/Them/Theirs
Senior: Early Childhood to Middle Childhood Education

Why did you get involved with SEEDs? 
SEEDs is a part of the first memory that I had on campus. One that I will always remember. I can distinctly remember going to my all hall meeting at the beginning of the semester my first year and my hall director introducing our SEED in the hall. I don't remember anything else about that day but that memory. From that memory, the line of events perfectly accounts for the previous and it all goes back to them introducing themselves in front of the entire hall. I have done ATP, and this will be my 3rd year as a SEED on the UWL campus. I love working with the professionals in the Campus Climate office. And, it is amazing to see folks come through and change over the course of a semester/year. I cannot imagine not giving this office another year as a form of repayment for everything they have done for me: from letting me cry to let me yell and be angry. I wanted to get involved with SEEDs one last time to commemorate everything that I have done with this office thus far. And, I know this year is gonna be a doozy.

Social Justice Areas of Interest:

  • Race & Ethnicity
  • Indigenous Issues
  • LGBTQ+ Community
  • Polynesia/Pasifika Identity
  • Environmental Racism
  • Climate Justice

Social Justice Areas of Growth:

  • Immigration
  • Gender
  • Police Brutality
  • Anti-Blackness 
  • History in General

Favorite Quote:
"When people ask me where I’m from, what they want is to hear me speak of land, what they want is to know where I go once I leave here, the privilege that comes with assuming that home is just a destination, and not the panic." -  Terisa Siagatonu

SEEDs Alumni

The SEEDs expanding section
Authrene Ashton Alfonso Gunaratnam Ana Mendoza
Anna Razidlo Emily Mootz Jasmine Tatum
Maya Dougherty-Harris Nora Murguia Sarah Seguine-Hall
Tawn Christians Thomas Godfrey Stella Nathan
Fiona Boler Mai Nue Lor Beck Hawkins
Jori Given Emily Smith Isaiah Thomas
Mackenzie Lewis Jess Nussbaum Macy Ramos
Sophia Jaume Micaela Julian Karter Etchin
Migdalia Simpson Hannah Asiyanbi Katheryn Horne
Aprajita Singh Sam Stroozas Jake Dyer
Jamie Capetillo  Ka Vue Myxee Thao
Matt Evensen AJ Clauss Matilda Sprain
Colin Ley Yer Xiong Amber West
Kendra Whelan Mirm Hurula Kathryn Draper
Kierra Bowie Isabel Oritz Isabella Kilibarda 
Dani Kallis Mickey Redington DeVonte Kuykendall
Jessie Solberg Leslie Zelinski Olivia Schauls
Alexis Anderson Allison Scharmer Devin Bauert
Camoya Evans Fiona Ness
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