Tressa Thomas

Tressa Thomas

I would like to nominate Tressa Thomas for the “Celebrating UW Women” program. Tressa is very deserving of this recognition for many reasons, but one in particular is her work with UW Study Abroad to create a specific pre-departure orientation called “Being a Woman Abroad.” Based on her own experiences from studying abroad and those of other study abroad alumni, Tressa helped create this orientation that focuses on how UW women can stay safe, healthy, and culturally mindful while studying abroad. Tressa has been very dedicated to creating this orientation and has worked very hard with a few other UW Study Abroad Peer Ambassadors to develop the orientation, promote it, and present it multiple times each quarter. The orientation has been very well-received by participants and continues to grow. It has proven to be a valuable contribution to students’ preparation before going abroad and is a tool that UW Study Abroad will continue to use even after Tressa leaves the university in order to better prepare UW students for their studies and adventures abroad.


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