Charisse Bersamina is an outstanding student, community member and activist. In addition to her academic achievements in Medical Anthropology, Global Health and American Ethnic Studies, she is passionate about social justice in her local and global community.
Charisse devotes her time and energy to a national organization called Anakbayan where she serves as the Educational Director. In her role, she creates and facilitates opportunities for meaningful dialogue around democratic and social justice issues happening in the Philippines. Her dream to unite Filipino youth around the issue of national democracy and social change also shows in her community engagement and ties with the Seattle Filipino community.
Charisse’s positive energy has also translated in her work as a Commuter Commons Assistant Manager where she oversees a space dedicated to creating community and providing support for non-traditional students. Charisse has also represented the University of Washington as an Orientation Leader welcoming over 6,000 students and their families to campus.
As a queer woman of color, Charisse is a role model to others and an ally for building strong partnerships both on and off campus. She is a strong UW woman and very deserving to be recognized for her accomplishments.