Women's Leadership Institute
Casey Buscher is a Junior from Euless, Texas. She is an aspiring sports broadcaster majoring in Electronic Media & Communications with a Public Relations minor. She is a member of the College of Media & Communication Dean's Student Ambassadors, Student Government Association, PanHellenic Leadership Council, Student Alumni Board, ESPNU Campus Connection, Texas Tech Athletics Ambassadors, a leader for Greek Wide Student Ministries and an Electronic Communications Director for Delta Gamma Fraternity. Casey has worked for the Dallas Mavericks, The Texas Rangers, interned for FOX 34 News and Cumulus Radio, the Valero Alamo Bowl, Fox Sports and currently works for Texas Tech Athletics as a Communications Intern.
Kathleen Cade-Gerzon was born and raised in Lubbock TX. She is currently a senior Geography major with a minor in GIS (Geographical Information Systems). Her focus in on human geography and natural disaster preparedness. She is currently the president and co-founder of LubbockPRIDE an organization that hosts the annual LGBT Pride festival for Lubbock. Her work has been featured in local news as well as the New York Times. She attends TTU Gay-Straight Alliance, the TTU Geography Club and PFLAG Lubbock. Her main focus in her work is to encourage diversity and education on LGBT+ issues in Lubbock and at Texas Tech. She frequently guest speaks for classes at Texas Tech on sexual orientation and gender identity. Mrs. Cade-Gerzon is also the founder of the Paul Micheal Rogers Award which honors one local LGBT activists each year.
Annika Conrick is a sophomore History major and a Women's Studies minor from Ft. Worth, TX. She is a Social Justice Advocate for University Student Housing. She is an officer for the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance, as well as involved in Raiders Helping Others under the Human Rights and Advocacy Committee, Future Lawyers of Today, Tech Student Democrats and mentors a student at Bayless Elementary through the Honors College.
Valerie Gardner is a sophomore Environmental Engineering major from San Antonio, TX. She is also working on a mathematics minor, and part of the Texas Tech Honors College. She is involved in many organizations on campus including the professional sorority, Alpha Omega Epsilon, the Society of Women Engineers, the Society of Environmental Professionals, Eta Omicron Nu, and the Texas Society of Professional Engineers. She is also a Student Assistant and a First Year Experience Mentor in the Honors College.
Monica Gomez is a senior from Houston, Texas. She is currently studying Mathematics with a minor in General Business. She has plans to stay at Texas Tech for graduate school and get her masters in Higher Education. She works as a Student Assistant for Transition & Engagement. In the past, Monica has served as Community Advisor, Red Raider Orientation Leader, Raider Ready Peer Mentor, and College of Education Student Ambassador. She is currently a member of Kappa Delta Sorority, Raider Special Olympics Volunteers, Fraternity & Sorority Life Ambassadors, and the TTU Global Communications Student Advisory Committee. Monica is currently serving as President of the College of Arts & Sciences Student Ambassadors and Membership Chair for the Women's Leadership Institute.
Taylor is a sophomore Energy Commerce major from League City, Texas. She is a member of the Student Business Council, Rawls College of Business Ambassadors, Student Government Association Student Senate, Honors College First Year Experience Mentors, and Kappa Kappa Gamma Women's Fraternity. In the past, Taylor has served as Freshman Council President, Freshman Council Advisor, Leadership Academy Chair for Kappa Kappa Gamma, and Marshal for Kappa Kappa Gamma. In addition to being a member of Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society and Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, Taylor is also on the President's List.
Marilyn Mathew is a senior Cell and Molecular Biology major from Austin, Texas. She is currently President of the Scholar Service Organization through Center for the Integration STEM Education Research, an Undergraduate Research Scholar through the Texas Tech Honors College, Honors College First Year Experience Mentor, a member of Mortar Broad, a member of Phi Kappa Phi, is the Eta Omicron Nu Pizza With a Professor Chair, and has served as treasurer for Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science. She has been an Indian classical dancer from the age of 4 and now teaches in the Lubbock area.
Farah is a Biochemistry major from Lubbock, TX, with minors in Biology, General Business, and Arabic. She is involved in many organizations on campus including being an Honors College Ambassador, a First-Year Experience Mentor, an Honors College Senator for Student Government Association, as well as a member of President's Select. She is currently conducting research at theHealth Sciences Center and will attend the TTUHSC School of Medicine after undergraduate as part of the UMSI program. In the past, she was chosen as one of the Mortar Board's Top Ten Freshmen and she is currently on the President's List.
Katie Miller will be a first year medical student at TTUHSC beginning in Fall 2016, is from Garland, TX., and she will receive her undergraduate degree from Texas Tech with a major in Nutrition and a major in Biology and American Sign Language in May 2016. Katie is involved in many student organizations on campus including being President of the TTU Gay-Straight Alliance, Director of Diversity for Student Government Association, and the Tech Triathlon Team. She conducted research in the Human Nutrition Lab with a publication currently pending, served as an Army Medic for seven years, and is involved in the community LGBTQ organizations. In the past, she received the Outstanding Nutrition Senior Award, College of Human Sciences Student of the Month for March 2016, and the President's Excellence in Diversity and Equity Award.
Davina Nguyen is a sophomore Psychology major and Addiction Recovery Sciences minor from Plano, TX, who transferred to Texas Tech University in 2015. Davina now serves as a research assistant on Dr. Elizabeth Sharp's Gender SEAMS research team, and is currently working alongside doctoral student, Samantha Christopher M.A., on a qualitative dissertation regarding college feminist men.
Lorena Posadas is a Junior Community, Family and Addiction Sciences major and Human Development and Family Studies minor from Lubbock, Texas. She is the Raiders for Service Treasurer, Phi Upsilon Omicron Secretary Elect, a member of Gamma Beta Phi, a member of Mentor Tech and an Undergraduate Research Assistant in the Human Development and Family Studies Department.
Helen, a Houston native, is a Junior Biology major, and plans to enter medical school after graduation. She is involved in undergraduate research in multiple scientific laboratories, and is the Vice president of the Scholar Service Organization through CISER, she is also a member of Mortar Board, an honor society honoring the top 50 seniors. Outside of the classroom, Helen is a member of the Women's Club Ultimate Frisbee Team, Haboob, and is training to run her first marathon.