Student Advocacy Activities Leadership Team - SAALT
SAALT is a group of eight student leaders who advocate and plan events for Centralia College students.
SAALT is committed to social justice, sustainability and creating inclusive events for all Centralia students. The President, Vice President, and Coordinators on SAALT work together to provide social, cultural, educational, and advocacy work through serving on campus committees, being part of the College Shared Governance Model and campus programming.
SAALT meetings are held weekly during fall, winter, and spring. The specific time and place of meetings will be made available via Blazer Bill’s Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts.
All meetings are open for anyone to attend. If you wish to have an item placed on the agenda, email Haylee Ward.
2020-21 Student Leaders
Intended Major/Career goal: Bachelor's degree in Communications with a minor in Marketing
Interests/hobbies: I love to play soccer, traveling, and spending time with my family and friends
Why did you decide to come to CC? Centralia College offers me the opportunity to progress both academically and athletically, tuition is affordable, and the atmosphere is extremely friendly.
What is something you hope SAALT will achieve this year? I hope that SAALT will be able to create influential and informational social media pages that keep our students and community connected in this time of disconnection.
Why did you choose to get involved on campus? I have had the opportunity to meet so many great people on campus, and I want to help give back to the campus community that has had such a positive impact on me thus far.
Advice for new students? Even though your college courses seem daunting, there is so much support for you on campus. DO NOT be afraid to ask for help! Take advantage of the Writing Center, Blazer Central, the Tutoring Center, and your professors' office hours.
Contact Me: Email Haylee Ward
Intended Major/Career goal: Very Undecided
Interests/hobbies: Anything to do with sports, cooking, and spending time with people
Why did you decide to come to CC? I love the small-town vibe because it often produces close-knit communities and lasting friendships. I also came to CC to further my baseball career!
What is something you hope SAALT will achieve this year? I want the SAALT to make it very clear that each and every person on our campus should feel welcome and appreciated. I’m also all about making memories, and I am hoping that the SAALT can help create lasting memories for students that attend CC.
Why did you choose to get involved on campus? I got involved on campus because I enjoy meeting new people and helping to contribute to a positive atmosphere.
Advice for new students? DON’T BE AFRAID TO REACH OUT TO OTHER PEOPLE! Some of my best friendships at school were created just because someone else reached out to me and started a conversation. Don’t always wait for someone else to initiate a conversation with you, because most likely they are waiting for you to start the conversation!
Contact Me: Email Noah Bryerton
Intended Major/Career goal: Bachelor of Applied Science in Applied Management
Interests/hobbies: Traveling, art, reading
Why did you decide to come to CC? I chose CC for my associate degree so I could be close to home and then chose to stay for my bachelor's because of the amazing community!
What is something you hope SAALT will achieve this year? My goal for SAALT is to work as a team to provide services and activities that fit the students' needs.
Why did you choose to get involved on campus? I chose to get involved on campus to gain to experiences as well as make an important, lasting impact on campus.
Advice for new students? Your mental health is very important! Especially during the uncertain times we are facing, make sure to take care of yourself and stay connected to your friends even if it is not in person.
Contact Me: Email Haily Durham
Intended Major/Career goal: Associate of Science in Geology
Interests/Hobbies: Hunting, fishing, camping, golfing, and having a good time with family and friends!!
Why did you decide to come to CC? Coming fresh out of high school last year, I wasn’t quite sure where I was going to go and what job I wanted in the future, but I knew that I wanted my degree to be focused in earth science. With some talking from close friends and family, I chose Centralia College because of the fantastic science program and the accessibility with being close to home.
What is something you hope SAALT will achieve this year? Although it may be hard with the current state of emergency that everyone on earth is living in, I hope that this year was get to plan in person events and have everyone feel the joy of being a Trailblazer! As a SAT member last year, those days with the big events that we had to plan many weeks in advance were always that best part of my day. I hope to execute an Earth Day event for Earth Day 2021, where we can hold many different vendors that serve our community as ecofriendly companies and show that Centralia College cares about the Earth!
Advice for new students? COMMUNICATION IS KEY!!! If you don’t speak out to your professors and tell them you don’t have a grasp on the lesson or what you are doing in class, they will never know! There were countless of times that I shot an email to one of my professors and they would get back to me trying to help me over email or giving me a time slot in their personal day to video chat with them. Your professors are your friends and friends don’t let friends fail. You have to reach out to them and let them know you are struggling and more often than not, they will be glad to help you!
Contact Me: Email Marcus Ashton
Intended Major/Career goal: Bachelor's in Elementary Education
Interests/hobbies: Kayaking and cooking/baking
Why did you decide to come to CC? Centralia is my hometown and has a great education program.
What is something you hope SAALT will achieve this year? I hope SAALT will be able to make every student feel welcomed and like they belong here.
Why did you choose to get involved on campus? I wanted to be a part of the change that was going to happen on campus.
Advice for new students? My advice would be to participate. Go watch the games and attend campus wide meetings. Get involved with your school to be the change you want to see.
Contact Me: Email Kierrah Velazquez
Intended Major/Career goal: Early childhood education
Interests/hobbies: Photography, roller skating
Why did you decide to come to CC? I decided to attend CC because I believe it is the best college that will help me achieve my goals.
What is something you hope SAALT will achieve this year? I hope SAALT is able to expand the student life at CC this year and help get more students involved on campus.
Why did you choose to get involved on campus? I choose to get involved on campus because I wanted to help lift student voices that were not being heard.
Advice for new students? My advice for new students is to get involved on campus and interact with other students. Being a new student can be scary but being involved and meeting new people can help with the transition into this new chapter of students lives.
Contact Me: Email Lilly Durham
Intended Major/Career goal: Major in Biology in attempts to become a neurosurgeon.
Interests/hobbies: Running, photography, hiking, and playing violin
Why did you decide to come to CC? I preferred the mature and more academically advanced environment that was offered through the Running Start program.
What is something you hope SAALT will achieve this year? To keep students involved in campus activities despite the coronavirus restrictions.
Why did you choose to get involved on campus? Because those before me helped me to become a part of the social life on campus and enjoy the activities and I wish to do the same for others.
Advice for new students? Don’t be afraid to get involved. There’s no rewinding the clock, so don’t be afraid to make these years of life, the best years.
Contact Me: Email Aram Matagi
Intended Major/Career goal: Criminal Justice or Psychology (maybe both) to become a lawyer
Interests/hobbies: Tennis, cello, piano, singing, and reading.
Why did you decide to come to CC? I decided to come to CC for the Running Start program. I am now a senior in high school and wanted to challenge myself and further my education while still in high school.
What is something you hope SAALT will achieve this year? I hope that SAALT will achieve getting more people involved on campus, especially first-year students, and help everyone meet new people and make new friends.
Why did you choose to get involved on campus? I chose to get involved on campus because I had an amazing first year at CC and wanted to help other students have the same amazing experience I had and feel as included as I did.
Advice for new students? Don’t be afraid to come talk to any of us about anything, we’re here for you!
Contact Me: Email Tianna Jeffries
Contact Student Life
Shelley K. Bannish
Director of Student Life & Involvement
Assistant Director of Student Life
Assistant Director of Housing & Student Life
Esports Coordinator/Student Life Advisor