Rahel Wondimu, raised in Ethiopia, moved to Spokane as a child in 2003. In 2012, she earned her B.A. in Anthropology with a minor in Sociology and Africana Studies at Eastern Washington University. As an undergrad, Rahel participated in the 13th and the 15th Annual Graduate and Undergraduate EWU Student Research and Creative Works Symposium, presenting projects titled Taureg Salt Caravans of the Sahara and No more Cutting the Girls!, respectively, and was Vice President of the Anthropological Society.
After graduating cum laude in 2012, Rahel worked in the International Programs office at Washington State University. Her work consisted of tracking students' progress in the Global Studies Minor, providing financial advising to students attending Study Abroad and Faculty Led Programs, ensuring students' awareness of foreign policies, guidelines, and protocols when studying abroad, bringing passport and visa documentation up to date, and registering students studying abroad in the International Travel Registry (allows the government to be aware of where students are located in the event of an emergency). She later accepted a position with the WorkFirst Program in the Student Success and Career Services Department at Spokane Community College where she helped students stay on his/her individual academic track toward completing a degree by providing tutoring services, and by assisting each to find internships and other community resources for better academic and career outcomes.
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