Texas Tech University

Women's Leadership Initiative

2017–18 Members 


Lorena Posadas

Major: Community, Family, and Addiction Sciences

Minor: Human Development and Family Studies

Lorena Posadas is a Senior Community, Family and Addiction Sciences major and Human Development and Family Studies minor from Lubbock, Texas. Lorena will be graduating Summa Cum Laude in December 2017. Upon graduation, Lorena hopes to attend graduate school and obtain a master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. Her involvements and leadership roles on campus include serving as the Women's Leadership Initiative Chair, Phi Upsilon Omicron Honor Society Secretary, member of Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society, Mentor Tech Protégé, Undergraduate Research Assistant in the Human Development and Family Studies Department, among others. Lorena's most recent accomplishments include receiving the Student Academic Citizenship Award from the Texas Tech Parents Association for Excellence in Academics and Exceptional Service to the Community, being selected as Undergraduate Student of the Month for the College of Human Sciences, and receiving undergraduate research funding from the CALUE to conduct an individual research project through the SMITTEN Lab.


Davina Nguyen

Major: Psychology

Davina is a Psychology major and Addiction Recovery Sciences minor from Plano, TX, who transferred to Texas Tech University in 2015. She serves as a research assistant in Dr. Elizabeth Sharp's Gender S.E.A.M.S. research team and has worked alongside Samantha Christopher M.A., on a qualitative dissertation regarding college feminist men. Davina will later pursue a doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology after she graduates in May of 2018. 


Annika Conrick

Major: History

Annika is a senior History major, Women's and Gender Studies minor from Ft. Worth, Texas. After graduation she plans to serve with Teach for America as a teacher in a low income school district. After her service, she plans to attend law school to one day be an attorney. Annika is the president of the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance on campus as well as the Membership Chair for the Women's Leadership Initiative. She is involved with the Honors College mentoring program at Bayless Elementary in Lubbock ISD, as well as a member of Raiders Helping Others and the Gender and Sexuality Association.


Savannah Shelby

Savannah Shelby is a sophomore Communication Studies and Sociology dual major with a minor in Legal Studies from Corpus Christi, Texas. She is currently a part of the Texas Tech University Residence Hall Association. Savannah is currently serving as my Complex Council's Vice President of Administration and Finance as well as an RHA Social Justice Intern. She also is a co-chair for the Leadership Inclusion Team.


Morgan Allen

Major: Psychology 

Morgan Allen is a senior Psychology major with a Women's & Gender Studies minor. Morgan transferred to Texas Tech in 2015 after spending her first semester at New York University. Currently, Morgan is involved in Women's Leadership Initiative and Black Student Association. In her free time, Morgan likes to take care of her fish, and read with her little brother.


Madison Rattan

Major: Biochemistry

Madison, a native Lubbockite, is a junior in the Honors College majoring in Biochemistry with minors in Math, Engineering, and Biology. She plans to attend medical school after graduation. Madison works as a contest coordinator for the Caprock Color Guard Circuit and volunteers at Wilshire Assisted Living. In her spare time, she volunteers with the handbell choir at a local church and is an avid reader.



Sarah Tutt

Major: Chemical Engineering

Sarah is a sophomore chemical engineering student from Flower Mound, Texas. She is a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Society of Women Engineers, and Outreach Raiders. In her free time, Sarah enjoys helping her community, working out, and reading.


Katherine Haley

Major: Political Science

Katherine is a junior pre-law student hoping to one day either practice law, work in D.C. at the capitol, or administer a non-profit organization. She is the president of Raiders Helping Others, a community service student organization at Texas Tech. Katherine is also the Public Relations officer for Tech Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance and a member of Pi Sigma Alpha. This past spring, she served as a trip leader for an alternative spring break trip to Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma and led 8 fellow students in doing volunteer work. On the weekends, she is usually volunteering somewhere or catching up on her favorite TV shows.



Kenia Ascencio

Major: Microbiology

Kenia is a Senior Microbiology Major with minors in Chemistry and Business. She is currently involved in two research labs, one is under the mentorship of Dr. Marie Bugarel of the Animal and Food Sciences department. The other lab she is involved in is with the TTU iGEM Raiders synthetic biology research team, where she is the current treasurer. She is also involved with Tau Beta Sigma, the music sorority, as well as being on the uniform crew for Goin' Band.


Mariam Bogufio

Major: Economics

Minor: Computer Science

Mariam is a junior Economics major with a minor in Computer Science, from the Ivory Coast. She is an aspiring Trade and Public Policy officer and an activist for equal rights. Mariam is involved in numerous organizations throughout Tech and the Lubbock community. She currently serves as the secretary for the American Red Cross chapter at Tech. During the spring 2017 semester, she was chosen to be part of the Mclane Teammates Reading Program from the Free Market Institute. Through this platform, Mariam engaged in debates about economic freedom and social issues. Mariam is also part of the Association for Computing Machinery. She works as a student assistant at the Writing Center and the Women's Studies Department at Texas Tech.


Arianna Avalle

Major: Marketing

Arianna is an International student coming from Verzuolo, Italy. She is a senior and she is planning to go to graduate school to pursue a master in Journalism or a Phd in Italian Studies. She is part of the International Business Fraternity Delta Sigma Pi and a member of the Honors societies Golden Key, Beta Gamma Sigma and Phi Kappa Phi. She loves reading, travelling and trying new restaurants.


Taryn Rayburn

Major: Psychology

Taryn is currently a Junior Psychology Major and Public Relations minor at Tech. Along with being a member of The Women's Leadership Initiative she is the service chair for the Gamma Beta Phi Honors society and the event planner for the Texas Tech Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance. Taryn also works as a research assistant in the Social Identity Theory and Health Lab under the psychology department. After her undergrad she is planning on going to law school and later getting a PhD in Psychology.


Viet Nguyen

Major: Human Development and Family Studies

Viet Nguyen is a Human Development and Family Studies major and Political Science, Math and Electrical Engineering minor at Texas Tech University. Viet is apart of the Women's Leadership Initiative cohort to help empower undergraduate women leaders on campus. Additionally, Viet is the President of the Tech Gender and Sexuality Association to help and educate the Texas Tech student body about the LGBTQIA community as well as creating an inclusive space for all individuals. After she completes her Bachelor's in Human Development and Family Studies, she intends to pursue a Master's Degree in Higher Education.


Celeste Medina

Major: Human Development and Family Studies

Celeste is a senior at Texas Tech University. She is involved in Sorority Life, Women's Leadership Initiative, Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance, Students Ending Slavery, and the Gender SEAMS research team. She is active in all things involving the Women's and Gender Studies program. Celeste is hoping to pursue a Ph.D in Sociology or HDFS and would love to teach and do research involving gender identity, and stigma. She also loves to meet new people and be social. 


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