UW Women's Center

Meet the Mentors

JaspreetMy name is Jaspreet Kaur.

I am a Junior at the University of Washington. I plan on double majoring in Law, Society, and Justice and Sociology. My future plans are to go to Law School and become some type of lawyer. Through my time at UW and my LSJ classes I find myself very passionate about human rights issues and might pursue a career advocating for human rights. For now I have been a mentor for about a year and I really enjoy it.  I also love to dance! I have joined many dance teams across the Puget Sound and Canada.

I value mentorship because it was very useful and supportive for me when I was in High School. Although I was not a part of Making Connections, I had similar figures and role models as the Making Connections program. Having someone who has experienced it all can really help support and motivate someone just getting into. Being able to have your questions answered by someone like that can be very helpful and positive experience for a teenager. Therefore, mentorship is not only rewarding, but very useful for the students in the program.

Dorender

Hi, I’m Dorender

and I am a senior majoring in neurobiology and minoring in global health and diversity.  As a Ghanaian female, I grew up in a culture where higher education was not stressed as a priority for women. My mother could not attend nursing school because her father believed that investing in a woman’s education was a waste of money. Neither of my parents could afford a college education, but they knew that they could raise children to achieve what they couldn’t. While growing up, my parents

never imposed household duties on me. My job was to be as studious as possible, so that I could be a good role model for my younger siblings. As a first generation college student, hiking up the untraveled road toward educational success was very difficult,  especially when you are given no directions. I searched for and found a Ghanaian female college student, who helped guide me through the college application process, and presented me with various resources I could use. Now that I am well acquainted with this process, I mentor with Making Connections because I want to guide other students from disadvantaged backgrounds to achieve their goals as well. Through my experiences of witnessing Ghanaian loved ones suffer from diseases that left me perplexed, and not having the answers to the questions my family asked me about their health, I chose a career in medicine in hopes that the medical knowledge that I gain will empower me to empower others in my community; I am a strong believer that knowledge is power! After graduation, I will continue working in the Department of Neurology as a research assistant, and will continue the tedious process of applying to medical school.

DaphnaI’m Daphna,

and I’m a computer science major planning to graduate Winter ’15. I love UW and I love my program, and I’m really passionate about making sure everyone can find something that’s as great of a fit for them. My goal as a mentor is to be a resource in any way I can for students planning on higher education. In my free time, I like to bake, read, and watch bad TV.

Renee

Renee

I am graduate student in public health genetics and a former high school science teacher.  I enjoy working with my mentee, as well as helping other students at the Center, and the positive atmosphere in the space.  I enjoy working with students and helping them see science as a way of thinking.  It has been a little challenging to remember some of the math (geometry and pre-calculus) that I haven’t done in years, but it has also been rewarding.  You really learn something if you have to teach it.  One thing important to remember about a mentor / mentee relationship is patience, being fully present for your student, and remembering what it is like to be a teenager.

BarberaBarbara

I grew up in Little Rock and have a BS in Psychology from the University of Arkansas but I have continued my education throughout my lifetime.  I have taken courses in computer programming and accounting as well as pursuing a MBA from Golden Gate University while working for Levi Strauss and Company in San Francisco.  After moving to Seattle in 1997, I attended Bellevue College to learn Interior Design.  I started an Interior Design business in 2003 which I operated until the economic downturn in 2009.  At that time my husband and I decided to join forces and put our energy and resources into the staffing business that we own.  Our business, Express Employment Professionals, located in Shoreline, is where I work today.  I manage Marketing and the Administrative staffing side of our business.

The reason I wanted to become a mentor is that I have a passion for seeing young women succeed in their careers.  I was the first female to manage a Distribution Center for Levi Strauss in the early 90s and have firsthand knowledge of the challenges involved in being successful in a non-traditional female career.  I went on to become a Regional Vice President in the Operations area for Levis and was the only female in that role as well.  I have owned my own businesses and reinvented myself a few times.  I understand the challenges and demands of being successful as a woman in our society.  I look at the young women in the Making Connections program and feel inspired and hopeful for the future.  It is an honor to be able to help, even in a small way, with their success.

I have two daughters that my husband and I adopted from China when they were infants.  My oldest daughter is now 20 years old and is studying to become a nurse.  My youngest daughter is in Junior High.  I decided to adopt from China after learning how many baby girls were abandoned due to their one child policy.  We continue to support organizations today that help with improvements in the orphanages there such as providing foster care and preschool opportunities for the children (mostly girls) who have been abandoned.

Sehee

My name is Sehee,

and I’m the Associate Director of Admissions for the UW School of Law.  I graduated with a B.A. in psychology from the University of Iowa, followed by my J.D. from the College Law.  I’ve been working in higher education/admissions for 6 years and I’m particularly interested in student life, issues of diversity, and pipeline programs. I wanted to become a mentor because I think it’s important for young women to have adult role models in their lives that expect nothing from them.  Parents, teachers, and often times friends expect results. I want to be someone who’s simply there to be supportive, give insight when wanted, and be an example of balancing the craziness of life with being an adult.

 

 

Ga-Yeon

Ga-Yeon

I am a senior at University of Washington, where I major in Communication and Sociology. I decided to become a mentor because as an international student, I had a difficult time settling and adapting to a new environment when I came to the states. I wished to have a mentor so I could learn and, sometimes, ask for advice as I went through difficulties. It has always been my personal goal to do something that empowers young people, emphasizes education, and relationship building. I also think Making Connections is a great opportunity to apply my background and strengths.

SenayetMy name is Senayet.

I am a former Making Connections Student (Garfield ’02…Go Bulldogs!), and now have the privilege to be a mentor.  I went to the University of Washington for my undergraduate and graduate education and received my degree in physical therapy.  I am excited to be a mentor because I understand the challenges of being a first generation high school student and want to share my experience and provide the support I once also received through MC.

KamillaKamilla

I graduated from WSU in 2013 with a BS in Environmental Science and a minor in Critical Culture, Race, & Gender Studies. I currently work as a program coordinator at a non-profit in Redmond called Young Women Empowered, and am deciding between a career in Naturopathy and social work. My decision and passion to become mentor grew from the personal experience of having mentors and the significant change it created in my life. It was uplifting and empowering to have the support of another woman who could listen, guide, and share her experiences with me. I hope to support my youth the best I can and to provide them with a safe and creative space to grow when we meet.

 

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