ASUW president steps up to serve students in turbulent political year

Daniele Meñez

As the first Filipina student body president in UW history, Daniele Meñez has found the experience to be quite an eye opener.

“I didn’t think this year would be as politically charged as it turned out to be,” says the senior who will graduate with a degree in public health in June.

From being involved in the University’s Race & Equity Initiative to helping students deal with the aftermath of the presidential election, Meñez worked overtime handling these hot-button topics as well as carrying a 21-credit load every quarter this year.

A self-described “high school underachiever” who spent most of her life in Guam and had never even been to the U.S. mainland until freshman orientation, Meñez is particularly proud of helping the UW become one of few schools in the nation to create a “Bias Incident Reporting Tool” for students. She explains: “It’s all about giving students a voice.”