First Peoples Advising Services Staff
Our professional team and our awesome Peer Advisors look forward to assisting you. Please feel free to contact us!
Rashida Love, Interim Director
I have worked in student affairs for nine years, five of which have been at Evergreen. I am originally from CA but have lived and worked in several states around the country. I received both my Bachelors and Masters degrees in Counseling Psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi. I have always enjoyed my work with students, but feel that I am learning and interacting with the students and staff in First Peoples in more complex and interesting ways than in the past. Stop by and say hi! I’d love to meet you.
I was born in a land of cracked earth, relentless heat and giant mosquitoes aka Texas. I earned my Masters Degree in Teaching and have worked for TESC since 1987 when I started attending as a student. I love reading, painting, singing and talking to nice people. I have been learning and teaching issues of equity and anti-racism for over 25 years and I learn something new everyday. I have served as the Coordinator for Student Support programs for the office of First Peoples Advising Services since 1997 where I get to supervise the Peer advisor program (and work with wonderfully talented amazing students and staff) and help coordinate a variety of amazing events. I live in Olympia with my partner (of 25 wonderful & amazing years). I love the rain, the ocean, magic, trees, rocks, glitter, peace and kindness and almost everything silly. But like Chupacabras and Bigfoot I am super camera shy. Please stop by the office I would love to meet you in person!
Jackie McClenny, Office Assistant
Email: Jackie McClenny
Location: Library Building, Rm 2126
Jackie McClenny joined First Peoples Advising Services in the Fall of 2013, and has lived in Washington since 2012. She and her fiancé enjoy exploring Olympia and the surrounding natural areas. She attended the Colorado Rocky Mountain School and has a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Kansas.
Mimi is from South Central, Los Angeles and is currently a student at the Evergreen State College. She serves on many committees and clubs across campus and is an advocate of social justice and equity. She works for First Peoples Advising services and Upward Bound. She loves math, the color purple, motorcycles and wants to continue letting young people know that math is exciting and fun.
My name is Dre Avila and I am a Peer Support Advisor at First Peoples Advising. I've taken a step back from coordinating a student group to focus on learning more Spanish for my program Andean Roots and our subsequent traveling abroad to Peru. I came to Evergreen as a non-traditional student with a few years of experience in my chosen field of restoration ecology, and it gave me focus and perspective for what I wanted to accomplish while in school. I am particularly passionate about the field of Urban Planning and how it can be used to create long-term equity. Also, I make a fine vegan tamale.
My name is Shayla Benjamin and I am a student here at Evergreen. I am a Native American and also a person of transgender aspirations. I am taking the pre-requisites for the Masters In Teaching program here at Evergreen State College and I am proud to be a part of the students that attend Evergreen. I am older than the average student, but I am fully accepted by the rest of the students that I interact with and have found some good friends in the process that are not judgmental to any degree. They accept me for who I am and that is a quality in people that I think should be in place everywhere in the world.
A big part of my being and feeling accepted is being a part of the First Peoples lounge. In First Peoples lounge a person can be who they are and ethnicity is not a factor in acceptance and sexual orientation is also a non-factor among other factors that could possibly segregate people from one another. It is a safe place for all who enter and want to become a part of something special that no other college has in their facilities. I find comfort at Evergreen not only in First Peoples, but also in my classes as well. All of the professors are understanding to every students needs and of each student's understandings and I am sad that this is my last year here at Evergreen. I have not experienced a place like this ever before in my life and I have attended a few different colleges.
This is my 2nd Degree, my first is in Para-Education with an emphasis on Special Education, this will be my second, as well as holding certifications in both Auto Mechanics and Computer Automation, basically doing anything on or with a computer including building them with the exception of programming, I don’t program. I have worked in all three of the fields that I am certified or hold a degree in and I have never felt as being apart of something like I do here at Evergreen. I truly enjoy this atmosphere that Evergreen has created and my experiences here at Evergreen will be dear to me for the rest of my life.
My name is Anthony Contreras. I was born in Los Angeles, California but I spent the greater part of my developmental years in Royal City, Washington. I came to Evergreen to be a screenwriter. That was delightful, until it wasn’t. I like to believe that fulfillment and happiness should motivate your choices. I now spend the majority of my life studying zoology, which is gratifying. As of now my goal is to work with any large felid. I also hope to own a chupacabra one day, although, that is not definitive, as I would certainly be satisfied with any other cryptid. First Peoples Advising Service has always offered me a supportive community and a safe place to explore my own identity. I’m really excited to be working with FPAS this year to extend guidance and support. I also look forward to continuing this path of learning and personal growth.
Le'Ecia Farmer is a 3rd year student from Spokane, WA. She is interested in how communities of color heal from trauma. In her spare time she dabbles in different crafts including beading, sewing, and natural dyeing. The four things she likes the most is her family, yams, cats, and Prince - however this is subject to change. She is interested in exploring her identity in terms of diaspora. She identifies as black and queer and quiet and weird.
Noah Gokul is a mixed race Guyanese-Indian and White student with a passion for Music, Media Arts, Therapy, and Social Justice Advocacy. He grew up in Oakland, California, a place rich with creativity, inspiration, progressivism, and multiculturalism. Noah’s interests in music include music therapy, rap and spoken word, sound engineering, and other forms of media arts. He feels compelled to explore aspects of identity, specifically with bi-racial and mixed people of color.
Malaika Halley is a junior at The Evergreen State College and is very excited to join the awesome peer support team here at First Peoples Advising. Coming from a small town in the Midwest, Malaika grew up in a supportive multicultural bubble of love, where communication and respect were key values that kept the flow of the community open and sustainable. She joined First Peoples as an opportunity to advise, work, and learn within Evergreen’s diverse community. Working with students who value the importance of getting an education, finding ones identity, and advocating for social justice keeps her fire alive and pushes her to continue to use her voice.
My name is Dana Joud. I am a 4th year student at Evergreen in the class Creating Dangerously. Since I have been at Evergreen, I have been involved with student groups; co-coordinating the Queer and Trans People of Color group, being a committed member to the Womyn of Color Coalition and Movimiento Estudiantil Chican@ Aztlan. Being a part of these student organizations grounds me in my identities while focusing on my studies and being in college. As a first generation queer Arab-American woman I feel empowered inhabiting these spaces. Whenever I get a free second, I'm wearing my headphones bumpin' Kendrick Lamar or some other awesome Hip-Hop. In my spare time I like to watch bad t.v. with my friends, dance, make art, play my ukelele, and hang out with my dog. I am a peer adviser for First People's who is good at mediating conflict and listening. So come see me if you need help with finding resources or talking out situations.
Salutations, I’m Forever Moon. On my educational journey I attended Portland Community College (PCC) and received My Associate of Arts Degree. I've worked with the non-profit Cascade AIDS Project where I was a peer educator teaching about HIV/AIDS and other sexual education topics to local high schools and community classes. Also while attending PCC I worked as a peer advisor at the Women’s Resource Center. I am passionate about helping and educating people as well as advocating for students and finding resources to help them on their journey. Working with First Peoples Advising will allow me to do that and much more.
My name is Nora. I was born in Atecucario, Michoacan amongst garden snakes, tortillas calientes and cuentos del norte. My academic focus has been literature, History, and law; all of which are fueled by my family's experiences adjusting to this country. I work for First People's because the services they provide have contributed to my growth immensely. First People's has provided me with the support I've needed to make it through school. Because of it I will be graduating this Spring. I consider it an honor to be a part of something that empowered me and hope that while I work here I can be a part of doing that for someone else at Evergreen.
Brit Reed is in her senior year at The Evergreen State College. She is studying Tribal Politics and attending the Reservation Based Community Determined Program. She plans on attending the Tribal Masters of Public Administration (TMPA) program in the Fall of 2014. In her spare time, Brit beads, reads comics, draws, sings, takes photos, cooks food, writes, creates short films and hangs out with friends.
Fabian Romero is a Two Spirit Queer Chicano poet, blogger and community organizer. Their sincere poetry and stories stem from their experiences as an Economic Refugee, speaking two languages, Queerness, and working as a migrant laborer. Fabian was born in Michoacán, Mexico and came to North America when they were seven years old. Since 2007 they have performed poetry and facilitated anti-oppression and self care workshops throughout North America. Their poetry and stories have been published in several zines and publications including Uproot zine, Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics and the upcoming To The Exclusion of All Others: Queers Questioning Gay Marriage. Currently they are pursuing a BA at Evergreen State College with a focus in writing, social justice and education and are a part of the Brown Boi Project.
My name is Estéfano Segovia and I am a bilingual student at TESC. I was born in the United States and raised in a small town in the state of Aguascalientes, Mexico. I currently work for First Peoples Advising Services as a Spanish translator.
My name is Elizabeth Seibel and I am from Seattle, Washington. This is my fourth and final year at Evergreen, and will be graduating in the spring. In my four years at Evergreen, I have done a myriad of things including but not limited to: media studies, printmaking, study abroad to Venezuela and the Gateways program and mixed race studies contracts. I have been involved with Movimiento Estudiantil Xican@ de Aztan (MEXA) my last four years as well. I have worked at First Peoples in different capacities for the past three years and enjoy helping students find the resources they need.
I was born in San Francisco, CA, but I have lived all over the Bay Area. In the fall, I transferred to The Evergreen State College from Spelman College, an all women’s HBCU (historically black college/university) in Atlanta, GA. I chose to attend Evergreen to experience a nontraditional education that would allow me to take control of my learning and to gain in depth knowledge of the subjects I am passionate about. I am currently studying clinical psychology and plan to study socioeconomics next year. My professional goal is to help at-risk youth, especially teenagers, conquer their adversity. After a few years working as a professional, I plan to earn a Masters in Social Work.
I have chosen to work at First Peoples because I value having a supportive community and want to share this community with others. I also enjoy helping people find resources, therefore I knew I would appreciate helping my peers search for classes, study abroad options, scholarships and etc. I hope that everyone will feel comfortable coming to First Peoples because we are here to support your endeavors and want to make positive relationships with as many people as possible. We look forward to meeting you.