Rashanah Botley ’10

Rashana Botley

I had an amazing experience as an Individual and Family Development major. Being a part of this major gave me the opportunity to study a topic that I’m extremely passionate about: how to nurture healthy human development.

The interdisciplinary nature of this major allowed me to capture a holistic snapshot of the many areas that are critical to development. As the product of a family that put an emphasis on the importance of education, I found myself focusing on how education plays a role in development, particularly for minorities.

The knowledge I gained as an Individual and Family Development major prepared me to step into my current role as the director of MESA (Math, Engineering, and Science Achievement) at Edmonds Community College. The MESA program is designed to guide, support, and promote academic and career success among low-income community college students. The program is particularly concerned with providing underrepresented student populations, such as women and minorities, an opportunity to excel in these areas of study.

My knowledge of development, social services, and education that I gained as an Individual and Family Development major have prepared me to nurture and respond to my students’ needs holistically and with confidence.

While I have been blessed to find a great career, I plan to go to graduate school to further my knowledge. I plan to return to school to pursue a master’s in the Cultural Foundations of Education. This program will allow me to study the connection between education and culture and how this connection can be used to promote education among minorities.

After completing my master’s degree, I intend to pursue a doctoral degree. It is my ultimate dream to become a respected voice and advocate for minority education; I want to “engage the culture and change the world” one diploma at a time.

I will forever be grateful for my experience as an Individual and Family Development major for planting the seeds of my dream.