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Graduate Student Union Network

Representatives 2019-20

SUN Representative Veida Lekakh Veida Lekakh

Program: Teacher Education, Secondary

My name is Veida, I use she/her pronouns, and I am stoked to be the SUN representative! I am part of the Secondary MAT program, getting a certification in Biology and ESOL. Currently, I’m student teaching at Liberty High School in Hillsboro, working in an AP Biology and Environmental Science class. I got my BA in Biology and Jewish studies from Smith College in 2017 and my MS in Biological Sciences from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2019. I hope to bring my love of science and passion for teaching into the classroom. I was first drawn to Lewis and Clark’s education program because of the warmth and care that I felt from the faculty during a visit. I felt the same care and support from all of the faculty and fellow classmates when I got on campus. I value school community and I want to be part of the Graduate Student Union to help foster the same love and support for all students. An issue that is dear to my heart is making sure that the graduate program is accessible to all students and that students have strategies for coping with the required workload.

SUN Representative Ashley LookenhouseAshley Lookenhouse

Program: Educational Leadership, Student Affairs Administration

Hi! My name is Ashley Lookenhouse and I’m a second year in the Student Affairs Administration Program. I use she/her pronouns. I grew up in rural Pennsylvania and was fortunate enough to have a support system strong enough to encourage me to continue my education after high school. I chose Lewis & Clark because of the program’s strong focus on creating a more socially just, diverse, and equitable society for everyone in our communities. I am getting this degree in order to support students they way I was supported through my undergraduate years. In the future I hope to work with students to create change within institutions of higher education and am hoping to start that work as a SUN Representative. I currently work in the Office of Institutional Research and Planning analyzing how assessment can help facilitate change and create spaces for students coming from diverse backgrounds. In my free time I drink lots of coffee, cuddle with my dogs, and spend as much time enjoying the outdoors as I can. I am happy to address any concerns, projects, or to just say hi, so send me an email or catch me in York before class!

SUN Representative Sam Van BurenSam Van Buren

Program: Teacher Education, Secondary

Ciao! I am Sam and I look forward to serving you, our community and our environment here at the Graduate School of Education & Counseling as a SUN representative. Currently, I am a Teaching Candidate in the Secondary Education program. Previously, I worked as an international political event producer where I brought together diverse opinions and various stakeholders to debate meaningful issues. After five years spent between Italy and Belgium, I’m pleased to be back in my hometown of Portland, Oregon. When I am not spending my time building relationships and planning lessons to facilitate critical thinking at a local Portland high school, I am learning from our incredible colleagues and faculty how to become an agent for change committed to serving others. I am excited to apply my organizing skills to support the amazing, social justice oriented learning community here at Lewis & Clark. Please reach out, say ‘hey’ and share any and all your ideas for supporting, improving and making our learning community even stronger, more inclusive and sustainable. See you soon!