Representatives 2020-21

2020-21 SUN Rep. Jill Massinger Jill Massinger

Teacher Education, Secondary Education program

Born and raised in Portland, I’ve got the pacific northwest in my bones. Teaching and education is my passion and I am dedicated to making the best learning environment possible for me and my fellow students at Lewis & Clark. I’ve lived in seven different countries, but Oregon will always be my home. Besides being a full time graduate student in the Teacher Education MAT course, I am a writer of both poetry and prose and have a BA in Creative Writing from Goldsmiths University of London. I’m also a member of Portlands wonderful LGBTQA community, and am dedicated to making sure LC is a safe learning space for all students of all backgrounds. I’m thrilled to be one of your SUN rep’s and will do everything in my power to ensure the students voices are heard. When I’m not studying or writing, you can find me hulled up on some corner of my farm with some knitting or needle work.

 

2020-21 SUN Rep. Michelle McKelvey Michelle McKelvey

Educational Leadership, School Counseling program

Hello! My name is Michelle McKelvey (Ms. Michelle to the students I work with), and I use pronouns she/her/hers. I am a Native Portlander, an Oregonian, and a proud Siletz Tribal member. I’m also a 1st year grad student here at Lewis & Clark pursuing my M.Ed in School Counseling, and I’m honored to be able to use my voice to carry yours as a representative for our Graduate student body.

Aside from empowering youth and colleagues, my passions include: baking, climbing, and championing the rights of ALL students to be given the opportunities, access, and invitation they need to feel welcome, safe, and flourish in school from Pre-K to beyond. We’ve learned it takes more than a village; the space that we have chosen to inhabit requires a commitment from each and every one of us, students to Deans and Trustees, to do the heavy work of uprooting deeply-seeded and interwoven systems of oppression—starting here, within our own school.

I invite your thoughts, ideas, opinions, tools and action. Let’s get our hands dirty!

 

2020-21 SUN Rep. Isaias Sanchez Isaias Sanchez

Counseling, Therapy, & School Psychology, Marriage, Couple, and Family Therapy program

Hello, my name is Isaias Sanchez, and I am from Downtown Los Angeles. I am Guatemalan-American and I come from an immigrant Latinx family. I majored in Psychology and English at the undergraduate campus in Lewis & Clark College. Ironically, I am now attending the graduate school as part of the Marriage, Couple, and Family Therapy program. My overall focus would be on narratives and the impact of sharing of one’s stories on a community. As a result we are able to strengthen our bond as a community. During this time, even though we are far away from one another. We are able to develop our relationship through social media and “zoom land.” My interests are cooking, discovering new places, online shopping, and discovering my artistic self.

 

2020-21 SUN Rep. Claire Tam Claire Tam

Counseling, Therapy, & School Psychology, Professional Mental Health Counseling program

I belong to the Professional Mental Health Counseling program and identify as an Asian Native Hawaiian non-binary, queer person. With a passion for social justice and advocacy, I endeavor to use the strength of the student body collective in advancing the quality of education, accessibility of services, and depth of collaboration between students of all programs, alums, and the greater community.

In addition to being a second-year student, I’m a recipient of the 2020 NBCC Minority Fellowship and use the fellowship to broaden my learning about underserved populations within the mental health care field with a specific interest in serving BIPOC LGBTQ+ folx. I’m also a board member of The Equi Institute, a nonprofit organization that enriches the health of the LGBTQIA2+ communities in Portland through culturally affirming, trauma-informed care.

I’m grateful for the opportunity to represent you, and welcome the chance to listen to any concerns or ideas through my email clairetam@lclark.edu.