Gov. Jay Inslee announced that he has appointed Kiana M. Scott, a graduate student in communication, as the student representative on the University of Washington Board of Regents, effective July 2. Her term is for one year.
“I would like to welcome Kiana Scott to the board,” says UW President Michael K. Young. “She was selected from a highly qualified group of candidates, and we all look forward to working with her.”
“UW students who serve as board members provide the Board of Regents with important information and perspective,” says board chair Joanne Harrell. “We know that Kiana will help in our deliberations in the coming year.”
Scott, who is an M.A./Ph.D. candidate with a focus on American political rhetoric and campaign discourse, expects to receive her degrees in 2017. She has been active in the Graduate and Professional Student Senate, where she serves as chair of the University Affairs Committee and co-chair of the Federal Legislative Steering Committee.
She holds a masters in public administration (2012) from the Evans School of Public Affairs.
Scott is a delegate to Student Advocates for Graduate Education, a national coalition of graduate and professional governments for major research institutions who work together to lobby Congress on issues pertinent to higher education.
Scott has worked as an intern with UW Impact, which acts as an advocacy arm of the UW Alumni Association on issues pertaining to the UW in the state legislature. As an intern, she enhanced the organization’s online presence and advocacy tools and also acquired “a far richer sense of the role UW alumni have in the larger community,” she said in her application for the position of student regent.
She also worked as a congressional relations specialist with the General Services Administration in 2009, and as a communication fellow at the Campaign for America’s Wilderness of the Pew Environmental Group.
She is currently a research assistant in communication, where she is working on a digital activism project.