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Racquel West

Geography / History


Racquel West is a junior and found her passion for critical inquiry by double majoring in Geography and History. Through the overlap of my courses, she found specific interests in studying how Western discourses create boundaries and how marginalized communities have contested those borders. Racquel hopes to apply this interest by writing her Honors History thesis on “territorial markers” (the “entering” or “exiting” signs that mark territories) on the Port Madison Indian Reservation pending permission from the Suquamish tribe. She will build upon this work for her Honors Geography thesis during her senior year, which will prepare her for a Ph.D. in Historical Geography. In the future, Racquel would like to be a museum director. Museums have historically been places of misrepresentation, exclusion, and controversy. She will focus her career on engaging and collaborating with the various communities within the museum’s scope as a way to combat ignorance, stereotypes, and systems that perpetuate inequality.

Racquel is a part of various groups on campus, including the Voter Engagement Committee, the Sustainability Action Network as an intern, and First Nations at UW as treasurer. Additionally, she is a part of the Pipeline project, Neah Bay: Telling Our Stories; Imagining Our Futures, as well as helping to revive the Geography undergraduate research journal. In her spare time, Racquel enjoys catching up with friends, drinking coffee, and running.