Despite a global pandemic, the emboldened class of 2020 continues to impress us. All of these students came to the U of U with determination and a goal in mind. Even with Spring semester being moved online and commencement postponed, these students are completing degrees with honors, double majors, extra minors, some with families and all with their future just ahead of them. You inspire US!
Please help us in celebrating and recognizing all of these Women's Resource Center Graduates. Congratulations Class of 2020!
Congratulations to Hawanatu, Diane, and Kelly! We loved having you work with us this year and I am excited to have you as colleagues now! 🌈💫
I am excited we can celebrate you even amidst a global pandemic! You are amazing, you are resilient and I can't wait to see what the future holds for each of you. Stay in touch!
I want to congratulate all of our WRC Graduates! This is the time of year when we
would normally be celebrating our student's success, meeting their families, and attending
In short, we would all be taking Victory Lap for students who are graduating, students who successfully completed their semester, and gearing up for the fall semester.
My thoughts are with all of you. I believe in the power of education for all individuals and the impact on not only on them personally, but their family, and our community in general.
I hope all of you are celebrating yourself and your accomplishments!
Anh Nguyen is graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry degree. They are a Women’s Resource Center scholarship recipient. They have completed their degree as a single mother. We’re so proud of you and so happy you allowed us to be part of your journey!
Message from Anh: It’s not an easy pathway for a single mom. But I believe that never giving up would take me to the end. I really appreciate your kindness and thoughtfulness. Sometimes in life, I ran to challenges, but with your support, I have overcome it.
Tyler Smith-Coppes is graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology degree. They were part of the Gender Justice Scholars, formerly UStart, cohort. We are so happy to see you graduating! It’s been great seeing you make such amazing strides, you deserve every second of celebration! Thanks for bringing us along!
Message from Tyler: I love you all! Thank you all so much for everything you do. Without people like you, many programs wouldn’t exist!
Steven Braeger is graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Strategic Communications and Magna Cum Laude honors. They were part of the Gender Justice Scholars, formerly UStart, cohort. We are so proud of your success! Magna Cum Laude, look at you! We have and did always believe in you! Thanks for including us in your success!
Message from Steven: Thank you to Walt, Michelle, and Chris Braeger for sticking by my side. Courtney Getman for all your support. Legacy Outdoor Adventures and Balance House for helping me reach my full potential. I am truly grateful for all the love and support!
Lily Bosworth is graduating with honors for a Bachelor of Science degree in Geological Engineering & Environmental Geoscience. They are a recipient of the Women’s Resource Center’s Chevron Scholarship for Women in STEM. We are so very proud to see women in STEM succeed! You are a star, keep shining!
Message from Lily: Looking back at my five years at the U, I'm most grateful for the opportunities given and lessons learned through my time leading the Honors Urban Ecology and Sustainability Scholars, working as the RA for the Honors Research in the Sciences living learning community, and conducting research on river restoration. This time spent engaged with campus outside of the classroom helped me build strong relationships with my peers, community, and natural surroundings, and continually enabled me to connect my engineering-student-head with my heart.
Looking forward, I'm excited to share that I'll be starting in the Hydrologic Science and Engineering Master's Program at Colorado School of Mines this fall with a research assistantship position. I look forward to conducting research that will help ensure healthy, equitable water systems for people and ecosystems.
I absolutely would not have been able to achieve everything I have without the love and support I've received from my family and friends through the years. My mom, roommates, classmates, and coworkers have all generously stepped up to support me in different ways each and every day of my time as an undergraduate. Thank you!
I feel incredibly lucky and grateful to have received such consistent financial support from the donors to the Women's Resource Center. This scholarship has enabled me to engage with campus and strive for academic excellence simultaneously, and as a result I'm now graduating debt-free and with many opportunities ahead. Along with financial support, receiving a scholarship through the Women's Resource Center has helped me connect with a community of brilliant, kind, determined women throughout my time at the U, which has helped me feel supported through my hard times.
Diane Tamondong Lockyer is graduating with a Master in Social Work degree. They completed their 2nd year of counseling practicum with the Women’s Resource Center. We feel honored to have worked with you and see your growth as a mental health counselor and advocate for others!
Message from Diane: Special mentions to the women of the Women's Resource Center, especially Nellie Arrieta and Kristy Bartley, as well as Julianne Rabb of University Neighborhood Partners. The three of them have been the most influential and supportive of my journey through the MSW program. From the bottom of my heart, thank you so much!
Kelly, Hawanatu, and Karen--love you girls and I am so thankful that I got to do my 2nd year practicum with y'all! To my mom and my sister, Danille, thank you both for cheering me on from afar! Love you both! Thank you!
We feel honored to have worked with you and see your growth as a mental health counselor and advocate for others!
Pearl Mano is graduating with a Master of Accounting degree. They are a Women’s Resource Center Scholarship recipient and participated in the Women’s Mentorship Program.
Message from Pearl: I'm so grateful to my family for their constant support and love especially my mother, two boys, and My Husband. I love you babe!
Thank you for your financial support. I wouldn't have been able to get through this without you.
Kourtney Schaffner is graduating with a Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology. They are a Women’s Resource Center Scholarship Recipient.
Message from Kourtney: I'd like to thank Dr. Kathy Chapman for her support and mentorship for the past four years! And a special shoutout to all the #ChapmanLab members! You are all awesome!
Special thank you to my parents, little sister, and Albie for supporting me!
To donors, thank you for helping make this possible! I am eager to provide the same opportunity to another woman one day!
Crystal is graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology. They are a Women’s Resource Center Scholarship Recipient. Congratulations on your undergraduate research designation and being a UROP scholar!
Message from Crystal: Thank you to all the classmates and professors who have been there to answer my questions and lend support. Special shout out to Dr. Shawn Carlyle and Dr. Brian Codding for their encouragement and support, especially this final year!
Thanks for supporting and putting up with me while I did what I once thought impossible: earning a bachelor's degree.
To donors, thank you for the support and the scholarship. It really made a big difference on being able to focus more on my education.
Hawanatu Bangura is graduating with a Master of Social Work degree. They completed her 2nd year of counseling practicum with the Women’s Resource Center. Big props for being a member of the Phi Alpha and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies.
Message from Hawanatu: Glory be to Yahweh for everything! Thanks to my family, friends and colleagues for all their support.
Thanks and gratitude to donors and supporters for their extraordinary support without which this academic journey would not have been successful.
Kelly Hollie is graduating with a Master of Social Work degree. They completed her 2nd year of counseling practicum with the Women’s Resource Center. They were also the Phi Alpha Honor Society Secretary/Treasurer and MSWSA Native American Representative. Congratulations on so many honors!
Message from Kelly: Thank you to the donors and supporters for your contribution to the Women’s Resource Center. Your support makes organizations such as the WRC exist, which adds the success of our academic education.
Diana Miron-Valadez is graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. They are a Women’s Resource Center Scholarship Recipient.
Message from Diana: Thank you to WRC, TRIO, scholarship donors, and professors for all of their support and guidance. This achievement is for all of my family and friends who were by my side cheering me on.
To donors, thank you for believing in me. Your generous help allowed me to keep pushing forward.
Alexis Kaili is graduating with a Master of Public Administration. They are a Women’s Resource Center Scholarship Recipient. Congratulations on also being a Bennion Scholar, part of the Bennion Scholars Leadership Team, and a Sorenson Impact Center student fellow.
Message from Alexis: As a first-generation, financial need, and underrepresented student, I will be the first in my family to receive a college degree and the first in my extended family to receive a graduate degree. Without your support, I would not have had the institutional knowledge, resources, or confidence to achieve any of this. Because of you and my mentors, I am a 2020 graduate that is equipped to face all challenges ahead, including this pandemic, a broken job market, and many unknowns with more drive and determination than ever. I offer my endless gratitude and a commitment to support future college students like myself achieve their dreams. Always pay it forward.
Shayma Salih is graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Family and Consumer Studies and Middle Eastern Studies. They were the Vice President of Women of Tomorrow and Recipient of the Woman’s Club scholarship and the WRC Alumni Completion Scholarship.
During their time at the U, Shayma was Director of Diversity with ASUU, Director of Service with the Asian American Student Association and Vice President of Women of Tomorrow. They also interned at the Utah Attorney General's Office as a Victim Advocate and were a research assistant in a psychology lab during their time as an undergrad. After graduation, Shayma hopes to go to law school and study immigration law.
Message from Shayma: Thank you to all my family, friends and mentors for supporting me for the last 4 years!
Thank you so much for the donors and supporters of the Women’s Resource Center, who without their generous support and help, I would not have been able to finish my education! Their support and donations inspire me to also give back to my community in the future.
Janna Bolingbroke is graduating with a Master in Social Work Degree. They completed their undergraduate counseling practicum at the Women’s Resource Center and also a Go Girlz Community Initiative facilitator. Congratulations on graduating Summa Cum Laude!
Message from Janna: I am grateful for those who have supported me along this path: my children, parents, siblings, co-workers, professors, & friends. Thank you, I would not have come this far without your support!
Janell Coleman Torres graduating with a Bachelor of Science in International Studies and Anthropology. They are a Women’s Resource Center Scholarship Recipient.
Message from Janell: Thank you for your support, WE did it!
To donors, paying for higher education is growing increasingly challenging, especially if you are a young independent student. Thank you for your generosity, you have made a huge contribution to my ability to complete my undergraduate education.
Misty Nicol is graduating with a Master of Education degree. They are a Women’s Resource Center Scholarship Recipient.
Message from Misty: I would like to send a special thanks to the St. George graduate center staff. Thanks for putting up with us. Y'all are the best! It is okay, we know that the School Counseling 2020 cohort is your favorite!
I am so grateful for all those who have supported me through this journey. A special thank you to all those who have been so patient with me as I have worked to better myself.
To donors, thank you for believing in me! I have worked extra hard to not take anything for granted. THANK YOU!
Rahma Ahmed is graduating with a Bachelor of Political Science and a Minor in Strategic Communication. They also worked in the WRC as an office assistant for five semesters and are a WRC scholarship recipient for two academic years. We have missed you SO much this semester and are so excited to see you doing big things! You will be successful in all you do!
Message from Rahma: S/o to every single one of you! I would like to send a very personal shoutout to the WRC for holding me down all these years. I worked with some rock star women that I will never forget. The Black Student Union has provided me with lifelong companions and experiences that I'll cherish for a lifetime. And the student leaders of color and my supervisor that I met in HRE as a Social Justice Advocate have helped me maintain hope. When I look back at my time at the U, these are the people I will remember.
I love my family and friends beyond words can explain. Without them, I would be nothing.
To donors, I thank you. You have brought my dreams into a reality!
Kunani Tuttle is graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Health, Society, and Policy. They are a Women's Resource Center Alumni Completion Scholarship recipient. Kunani also received Undergraduate Research Scholar Designation, was on the Dean's List, was member of the MUSS Board, a Pacific Islander Student Association officer, and Pre-SOMA officer.
Message from Kunani: Thank you to all the donors and supporters for funding this scholarship so that I may reach my educational goals. I truly appreciate your generosity and confidence in me not only as a student, but as a soon to be working professional as I pursue a career in medicine. Thank you for further motivating me to give back to the community. I am honored to be associated with such an inspiring organization.
Chris Fischer is graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. They are a Women's Resource Center Osher Re-Entry Scholarship recipient. They were also on the Dean’s List and an IEEE Club officer.
Message from Chris: To donors, thank you for helping people attain their dreams. They wouldn't be able to do it without your support.
Brynn Adams is graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Gender Studies and a double minor in Ethnic Studies and Disability Studies. They are a Gender Justice Scholar, formerly UStart. They also interned at the Rape Recovery Center, research project on queer resiliency.
Message from Brynn: I'm so grateful for all the opportunities I was given and supported through. Thank you so much.
Mars Jacobsen is graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Gender Studies. They were part of the Gender Justice Scholar, formerly UStart cohort and also a Go Girlz Community Initiative facilitator.
Message from Mars: Thank you to everyone at the Women's Resource Center. You do so much in big and small ways, providing life-saving resources to students. Simply your presence on campus strengthens our community. To family and friends, love you all and thank you :) To donors, thank you for contributing to such an essential program on our campus!
Saffron Collins is graduating with a Bachelor of Social Work degree and a minor in Psychology. They completed their undergraduate social work practicum at the Women’s Resource Center and were also a Go Girlz Community Initiative facilitator. It's been a pleasure to work with you!
Allison Sherman is graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology degree. They are a Women’s Resource Center Scholarship recipient.
Message from Allison: I’m grateful for all of my professors for teaching me, inspiring me, and guiding me. I’m thankful for both of my bosses who understood my desire and allowed me the chance to attend classes and work with my schedule. I’m thankful for my friends who told me I could do it when I came up with this crazy idea to go back to school. But the thing I’m grateful the most for is the words and support of my mother. From a young age she told me I could do anything if I was willing to work hard for it. So when at the age of fifteen years old I decided that I wanted to attend the University of Utah my mom made the decision to move to Utah when she retired from the Army. While it took me 20 years to accomplish this goal, she supported me every step of the way. Thank you Mom! And lastly I’m grateful to my daughters who are the reason for everything I do. They give my life purpose and joy.
I am so grateful to the donors at the Women's Resource Center who believed in me and gave me the opportunity to complete my education by supporting my endeavor, without it this day might not have been possible. Your generosity helped make my dream a reality.
Christelle Gatoro is graduating with a Bachelors in Social Work degree. They met Kim Hall their sophomore year of college at the U and the rest is history. They are a Women’s Resource Center scholarship recipient. They served in the Women of Tomorrow for two years and were also the co-founder of Refugees in Action on campus.
Message from Christelle: Kim helped me at a time that I was struggling the most and I was unsure if i could continue my education at the U. With her help, the WRC has been supporting me until now. I am grateful!
I am grateful for my parents for all their sacrifices. Without their love, I wouldn't be here.
The WRC worked with many individuals and organizations who helped me lessen my academic financial burden. Thank you so much for all your support!
Chloe Lim is a Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science degree. They are a Women’s Resource Center scholarship recipient. They also work at the Feed U Food Pantry! Thanks Chloe for all you do.
Message from Chloe: The Feed U Food Pantry is an excellent resource for students struggling to afford basic necessities such as food and hygiene products. Now especially more than ever, their services are needed and I am grateful to be a part of an important organization that serves our community.
A simple "thank you" would not be enough to express how grateful I am for the support I have received from you. I believe that it is always beneficial to help students to obtain higher education to achieve their goals for better career opportunities and reach their personal goals. Additionally, I am fortunate enough to have received multiple job offers before graduating this spring which would not have been possible without your financial support.