STUDENT LEADER OF THE MONTH
Class ‘20, Social Science with an emphasis in Political Science and Administration, Minor in Spanish, Pasco, WA
Maria Yepez served this year as a CASHE Co-Chair while continuing involvement in WSU's Undocumented Initiatives, MECha and Dare to Dream. As an exceptional student leader with a passion to serve her community she goes above and beyond to ensure the success of any program she is involved in. Maria advocates for undocumented immigrants and provides a voice to those not often heard. She attributes part of her success as a leader to her new experiences at WSU. "I wasn't involved in high school and was too shy to come out of my comfort zone. I didn’t find out I was undocumented until late in high school and came to CASHE. To be where I'm at now, I knew I had to come out of my comfort zone and talk to people.” said Maria. She is paving the way for students who have faced similar challenges to her own and plans to become an immigration lawyer after graduation.
Class ’21, Business Marketing, Hospitality Business Management and Psychology, Anaheim Hills, CA
Skyeler Sperber chose to attend Washington State University because he fell in love with the Coug spirit and wanted to make the most of his college experience. “Freshman year I tried getting involved but couldn’t find the right niche. Then towards the end of the year, I started trying a lot more things and that's what kept me at WSU. Being involved has been a huge part of all the memories I've created here in Pullman.” Skyeler is the Student Entertainment Board's Executive Director and a member of Leadership WSU. For Skyler, being a leader means trying to find a voice for everyone and listening to what everyone has to say to create the best results possible.
Skyeler received multiple nominations for this award, all stating how he is an asset to the Student Entertainment Board (SEB) as their Executive Director. His nominations articulated how Skyeler is enthusiastic, charismatic, inclusive, and realistic with his work. He helps his student team stay accountable and true to themselves while planning their large-scale campus events. Skyeler commits himself fully to his work in helping his team be successful while building strong, positive relationships with everyone he interacts with.
Class '20, Comparative Ethnic Studies and Women's Studies, Anchorage Alaska.
If you were to see Mariela on campus, chances are you’ve interacted with her some way or another and witnessed her outgoing and vivacious personality. She is the Co-Chair of the VIBES Conference as well as RunWSU, a new RSO on-campus, and an Orientation Counselor. She always goes out of her way to help others to make WSU a more inclusive and welcoming community for everyone.
Class '20, Sports Management, ASWSU Senate Pro Tempore, Arlington Washington.
Hannah is a proud Coug who always represents her constituents as the College of Education Senator, as well as Pro Tempore of the 49th ASWSU Senate. She has also served as the Finance Chair for the ASWSU Senate, Editor in Chief of the Chinook Yearbook, Student Tech Fee Committee member, Community Standards Board member and more! She is always there to assist her peers, and always gives her all to ensure a prosperous future for all those who wish to run for a leadership position on campus in the years to come. She makes sure student voices are heard on a wide range of topics, from parking to the conduct board.
Hezekiah is an active member in several multicultural organizations on campus including Black Student Union and is the President of Black Men Making a Difference. Hezekaih is an enthusiastic and creative leader who empowers others to follow their passion. Hezekiah challenges fellow Cougs to step out of their comfort zones and make a difference. He accredits the Multicultural Student Center for giving him that extra push to get involved and is so glad he did because he found his true potential. In addition, Hezekiah has served as an Orientation Counselor for two consecutive years and is currently working in the Student Organization Center as an ambassador.
A'Jenae's time here so far at WSU has been nothing short of continuing to give back to her community. She has been apart of many organizations here on campus such as being an ASWSU Senator, President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Co-Chair for the Elson S. Floyd Advisory Council, and a Student Chair for the Student Conduct Board.
During her involvement she has learned many things. She said that her great support system, strong sense of spirituality, and her sorority has helped her build the courage to get out and pursue her passion of being a voice for those who may not have the privilege or opportunity to do so for themselves. One piece of advice that she would like to give to future leaders is "Take the first step and just go for it. Whether it has a good or bad ending it will always have a positive learning out come and always carry yourself in a professional manner because you never known who is watching you or what people can benefit in your journey."
Being only a Junior, Michael has been apart of a little bit of everything. A double major in Apparel Design and Merchandising, he has also been apart of APASC, Cougar Guys and Gals, Marketing Club, A Residential Advisor for ResLife, Volunteered for SHAPING, and served as the Pledge Educator and Design head for Alpha Kappa Psi Co-Ed Business Fraternity.
With all his opportunities he has learned many things about leadership and making connections. One thing that he would like to say to future leaders is "Always say yes to every opportunity given to you, if it sparks your interest or not it's guaranteed you will get something out of it and you will meet people that can help you in the long run." He says that by going out there he was able to meet the most interesting people that has helped him in the most wildest of ways.
Amoje's time here at WSU so far has been utilized to its full potential. He has served here as the Director of the Up All Night for SEB. He has also helped with the multicultural community by being a mentor for the African American Center and he has his own WSU Radio Show.
With his leadership journey he says that it has been rough and turbulent but in all the right ways and for the right reasons. "It took time for me to re-calibrate my focus in order to direct myself towards my purpose. I'm more than titles or involvement." He says that by re-centering himself he was able to contribute to the greater communities that he represents.
Francisco, A Junior standing at WSU has done so much for the student community already. He is the Executive Vice President for the United Greek Council where he helps focus on improving community life through service and education for the Greek community. He is also the Internal Affairs Co-Chair for the 22nd Children of Aztlan Sharing Education Conference (C.A.S.H.E) where he focused on bringing Latinx/Chicanx high school students from Washington to WSU to get empowered through educational and informational workshops.
He also has been involved in Cougs Guys and Gals, MEChA, Omega Delta Phi Fraternity Inc, SHAPING, and a mentor for the office of Multicultural Student Services in the Chicanx/Latinx student center.
He says that "Although at times it can be very stressful being so involved around campus, the feeling of gratification that I made a difference in my communities makes him even more determined to be successful in his academics."
Our October Student leader of the Month has been heavily involved in the multicultural community hear on campus. Her time in WSU so far she has worked in the Multicultural Student Services, has been apart of the Black Student Union, and has served as an Orientation Counselor to help the new Cougs get properly integrated into the WSU community. Makayia says that she will continue to lead and help cougs even beyond her time here at WSU.
One piece of advise that she wants to give future leaders is "Actions speak louder than words so leading by example is the best way to efficiently show others how to be the best person they can be."
Throughout his time at WSU, Ian has been heavily involved with the Daily Evergreen and Murrow News 8. His passion for journalism began in high school, and his involvement at WSU has fostered and grown his dedication to providing the truth to the public. In his time as a leader on campus Ian has learned that the most rewarding challenges are rarely easy, but it is important to keep pushing.
On getting involved on campus, Ian says "It may be hard to join a club or explore your passions, but it is worth it in the end, and you will gain friends and experiences you will never forget."
Bradley is the current Vice President of Marketing for Coug Guys and Gals, the student hospitality division of the Cougar Athletic Fund. Coug Guys and Gals serves as the student face of the Athletic Fund that provides and enhances the unforgettable PAC-12 game day experience.
As the 2018 Election Board Chair Bradley and his team ran the most successful election in school history by not only increasing turnout, but also the number students running in the election.
At WSU Bradley has been involved in ASWSU, Coug Day in the Capital, BSU, MEChA, Cable 8, Murrow News 8, KUGR and The WSU Rowing team. He served as a coxswain on the varsity women's team and an oarsman on the varsity men's team.
Bradley was also the workshop director for the Vibes and CASHE conferences. These weekend-long conferences invite high school students with multicultural backgrounds to WSU to spark conversation about higher education.
Currently Bradley is an intern at KHQ Local News in Spokane and looks forward to a career in broadcast news.