Social Sciences- Outstanding Senior 2021

Grace Shauvin

Spokane, WA

Degrees and Majors:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences


  • Spanish

Summa cum laude

Clubs, Organizations, Leadership, and Service

  • Student Hall Government, Orton Hall (VP and President)

Internships and Employment

  • American Eagle Outfitters, Brand Ambassador
  • Spokane Indians, Team Store Worker
  • DAA Northwest, Fleet Lease Support

Undergraduate Research

Class project regarding gender, a survey to look at how people might view teachers as well as students, depending on their gender. Didn’t find much difference, no strong conclusions.

Awards & Recognition

  • Jeanne Jewett Scholarship
  • Lloyd G. Cyr Memorial Excellence Scholarship
  • Crimson Transfer Award

Honored Faculty and Mentors

  • Alma Rocha, Academic Advising
  • Sarah Whitley, Sociology
  • Carrie Cuttler, Psychology
  • Faith Lutze, Criminal Justice & Criminology
  • Joseba Perez Guerrero, Foreign Languages & Cultures

Faculty Comments

Her passion for social services and activism shows in her concentrations: sociology, psychology, and criminal justice. She is also minoring in Spanish and in her words, “studying a language has allowed me to be better in the Social Sciences program.” She has also logged 30 hours of community service through several of her sociology classes and the Center for Civic Engagement, which in her words “has deepened the impact that the Social Sciences program has had on the community.”

Personal Statement

I would like to thank my family for supporting me throughout my time at WSU. I am beyond grateful for my advisor, Alma Rocha, for supporting my growth in the Social Sciences program. I have been privileged to learn from many amazing professors, who encourage growth in their students and the school as a whole. I would like to highlight Sarah Whitley, Carrie Cutler, and Faith Lutze for their incredible passion and knowledgeability, as well as their love and understanding for the students they teach. By attending WSU and being a part of the College of Arts and Sciences, I have built a foundation for my life. I hope to continue utilizing the tools I have been given here to create change in my community, the nation, and the world. When I first moved to Pullman for my freshman year, I had no idea how impactful the community would be on my life. I will forever cherish the people I have met, memories I have made, and skills I have learned because of being a Cougar. As always, GO COUGS!

Future Plans

Grace will take a gap year to give more time for COIVID to subside and then intends to go to law school.

She also plans to train as a barista and to help with her sister’s baby.